Stopping illegal immigration at our nation’s southern border is not nearly as difficult as many would imagine or pretend. It simply takes strong leadership, a clear plan of action, will power, determination and persistence.
The issue is not a question of citizenship. It is a question of presidential and congressional leadership, of obeying the law. All the President need do is call the Secretary of Defense into the Oval Office and say, “This is a matter of national defense and security. You have ninety days to secure our southern border.”
One night in August of 1961 when the inhabitants of Berlin, Germany went to bed there was no barrier, no wall separating East Berlin from West Berlin. When they woke up the next morning, they were shocked to find that overnight the Russians and East Germans had erected a ninety-six mile long concertina barbed wire fence sealing off East from West Berlin, complete with armed guards patrolling it. Surely we can match that fete.
Our leadership on Capitol Hill and in the White House have stopped working together. We need governmental leaders in Congress and the White House who aren’t afraid to pick up issues like illegal immigration, by their heels, give them a good hard smack on their bottom, and get them breathing again.
They now equate honest compromise with surrendering the nation’s most sacred beliefs and principles, which is not the case. It is just that each political party has allowed its issues to become so hardened that they block off all possibility of honest compromise and agreement. For the good of the country and, as a first order of business, they need to resurrect reasonable balance and helpful compromise that leads to progress, to getting good things done for “We the People.”
The largest and most difficult road block to navigating around illegal immigration is President Obama. In myriad speeches he has said, “I don’t bluff,” which is to say that he refuses to change his mind, which is to say that he refuses to compromise. Even though he says he is wide open to compromise and is willing to listen to any new idea, at the same time he proudly proclaims that,”There is one thing I will not do … “Then he proceeds to cut the feet out from under all possibility of compromise and agreement.
There are too many illegal immigrants living in this country to round them all up at one time and in one fell swoop herd them back across the Mexican border. It will have to be done in stages, here a little and there a little, and quickly, for the good of the country.
After first sealing the southern border, a good start might be to mass export the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant felons languishing in our prisons. Next, we must deal with those illegal immigrants who in the future commit felonies. Upon being identified they should be immediately deported.
Immigrants illegally born in this country or who were illegally brought to this country as small children and grew up here could be issued some type card that legally allows them to remain in the country for a specified number of years, but they would not be eligible to vote until they became a citizen. At the end of that period of time if they have not gone through the legal procedures of applying for citizenship and been granted citizenship, they should be deported.
There will still be millions of illegal immigrants living in the country. As they are identified through the normal course of things such as traffic accidents, job applications, or other circumstances, they can be deported. This will be a long, messy process, but eventually the illegal immigrants living among us will be identified and deported, or decide, on their own, to leave the country.
MAJ. GEN. JERRY RALPH CURRY, US ARMY RETIRED
Author: From Private to General and The Dream Continues