Learn from history

With many ideas being proposed regarding immigration, both legal and illegal, and also refugee admissions, we can learn from leaders who looked at this in past years. First, you may be aware of legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) that would reduce legal immigration by nearly half. There may be some who are screaming anti-immigrant or racist about this. Remember that the United States allows nearly a MILLION legal immigrants to come to the U.S. per year.

Do you remember former U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordon (D-Texas) who was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and twice was the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention? She also had a role in a multi-year study on immigration reform as chair of the U.S Commission on Immigration Reform (USCIR). At her funeral former President Clinton said, “After I became president, I asked her to chair the United States Commission on Immigration Reform. And she made us listen again when she reminded all sides on that delicate and difficult issue that we must remain both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.”

The proposed immigration reforms proposed in the Cotton-Perdue legislation come out of the former Jordan-led USCIR. It is recommending scaling back legal immigration to a level of 550,000 per year and setting refugee admissions at 50,000. Should we be questioning how we can take in any refugees when our country is in debt about $20 trillion? We simply cannot take in every person who wants to come to the United States. No country can have economic asylum. It appears that taxpayers are picking up the tab for the cost of the refugee program, not those who are proposing allowing more refugees to settle in the United States. I would like to see an article that shows that the very groups promoting the refugee program are funding it. Tithing with someone else’s money is not charity.

According to the Washington Post of June 8, 1995, “President Clinton yesterday endorsed the recommendations of a congressional commission calling for a substantial reduction in the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter the country.” This great republic is supposed to be a nation of laws. While considering legal immigration, you could contact elected officials to ask that all immigration laws be enforced. If all current immigration laws were enforced, illegal immigration would not be an issue.