Straw Man on the Border: Democrats Shame Concerned Citizens

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The surge of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border has become the prominent issue in America. Thousands of children and adults are being resettled to facilities throughout the nation until their case is reviewed, or they are reunited with a family member. Communities are now being forced to absorb a massive influx of unanticipated, destitute people.

Congressional Democrats have wasted no time in vilifying Americans voicing concerns about the financial burdens and health risks 57,000 – and counting – illegals may impose. Name-calling of “nativists” and “isolationists,” has become the opening dialogue of Democrats to both liberal and conservative citizens worried about illegal immigration.

Their concerns are valid, especially since one of the recently apprehended and released illegal immigrants was arrested on charges of murder and kidnapping. [1]

Democrats’ straw man argument would have Americans believe pro-secure borders and pro-rule of law is equivalent to anti-immigration. However, Ly Lykou defies their logic. She came to this country 30 years ago from Asia, is an immigrant herself, yet she is troubled by what is transpiring.

“We did it the right way. We waited in line. We had our lungs X-rayed. If they want to do it the right way, let’s do that, but I feel like this is being forced on us,” said Lykou who spoke out at an Escondido City Hall meeting. “This is not a temporary situation.” [2]

Escondido, California was one of the many cities under consideration to house illegal-immigrant children. An old nursing home was going to be converted into a shelter for children. Escondido Planning Commission rejected the proposal after significant public outcry.

The sentiments shared by Lykou are more common than what Democrats can afford to admit. According to a new Pew Research Center report, “around 53% of American adults want the government to speed up the process of removing children who illegally enter the country, regardless of whether they qualify for asylum… Only 38 percent support the current policy, which allows children to stay in the U.S. with designated guardians while they await legal hearings.” [3]

We are a nation of laws, and our compassion has worked well within those confines for generations. From the days of Ellis Island to the recent swearing in ceremony at the White House on July 4, America and her citizens have opened their doors and arms to immigrants who enter legally. Yet, some in Washington are working to turn that open door into an open invitation to ignore the law, which is profoundly anti-American.

America’s citizens have every right to look out for the best interests of our nation and its people. President Ronald Reagan said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” We must make sure America remains capable of being the shining light on the hill for all who want to pursue the American dream.