Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children

A small fence separates densely populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector. Construction is underway to extend a secondary fence over the top of this hill and eventually to the Pacific Ocean. Credit: SFC Gordon Hyde

All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.

The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.

-Donald Trump

Oh wait, That was President Bill Clinton in his State of The Union speech in 1995.

The left is flipping out that illegal immigrant families are separated when they enter illegally and many Republicans are also expressing their outrage about a law that has been on the books for years. This entire drama unfolding on cable news channels seems to me to be extremely contrived. As if politicians can use this scenario as a talking point or sway the eyes of the populace from something else.

Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism. -George Washington

When an American breaks a law, such as steals bread from Walmart, that parent, or parents are arrested and held by the police. The children are then placed in “the syestem”. Child protective services or some other ABC state-run agency becomes involved. If a relative cannot be found, they are placed in foster care. Many times if siblings are involved they are separated. The child is alone in a new home surrounded by strange people.

If religious or other charities wish to alleviate the burden of the state in housing illegal alien children, I suppose they can, but that will of course take up space for the poor American children ripped from their family because of a bad decision by a parent.

As a father I understand wanting your children to have a better life and the want to come to the USA. Even in the worst case scenarios vocalized by the left children in these centers are most likely the safest they’ve been in years. No drug cartels. No corrupt government. No abuse at home. Instead, they get a place to sleep in safety, food, and medical care. They have access to a phone, education, and entertainment. I bet a lot of these children have various medical issues that would’ve otherwise went undiagnosed.

Regardless if it is illegal immigration or a parent stealing to feed their family, the law is being applied. If an American child is separated from its American family due to a crime a parent commits, the child does not have the ability to sleep and stay in the same jail cell with its parents. I do not understand what is so difficult to comprehend if the same treatment is being applied to noncitizens. (Even more so since a majority of illegal immigrant minors are not accompanied by a parent!).

The cost to get here is high. I’m not simply saying monetarily the cost is high. For example 80% of women crossing our southern border are sexually assaulted. They must use their bodies as currency. 10,000 out of 12,000 minors are sent unaccompanied to our border. Many instances they die in crowded truck trailers.

The murky black underbelly of human smuggling, regardless of its origins, (China, France or at our borders) highlights the darkest aspects of humanity and must be discouraged at every opportunity. We have a choice as a sovereign nation; dissolve our borders or send a message to the human smugglers we are on to their tricks and they will not work any longer. A global statement must be made clear that the only way into America is via the proper channels. A limp wristed approach to the enforcement of immigration laws is not inhuman, the opposite is true.

If we enforce the laws, smugglers will be more hesitant to take on the excursion. If we enforce the laws, women will not have to use their bodies as currency. If we enforce the laws, children will not be used as sexual toys by predators. The enforcing of our laws is a deterrent and ceding our sovereignty, to encourage a borderless America, is not only irresponsible, but treasonous. To advocate illegal invaders break our laws and take up residence in our neighborhoods, cities and elsewhere means we are not a nation, but a prize to be awarded to whoever can trespass and exploit our immigration system. My country is not a prize for criminals, it is my home and just as if a criminal attempted to break into my actual house, I will defend my home nation in any way possible to the best of my abilities.

Ian Erickson

About Ian Erickson

Ian is New Media Central’s Editor-in-Chief and one half of The Patriarchy Show. He is a married father with two sons and lives in New Jersey. He has worked on several campaigns from national, state and local levels. He has had pieces published in local NJ newspapers such as The Star Ledger. Also, he has contributed to The John Birch Society and various other websites. He had a book of poetry titled Broken published while majoring in Biblical Studies at Pillar College in NJ. He has had his poems published in various poetry journals. He has been a guest speaker at Pillar College to speak about creative writing and poetry. Ian was voted ” Most Sarcastic Person” for the state of New Jersey in 2007.