Count on Migrants from the World Over to Exploit U.S. Immigration Laws

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Word is spreading worldwide — even as far as sub-Saharan Africa — that the U.S. has an open southern border and an open checkbook.

That’s why many African migrants are heading to the U.S. They’re cobbling together airfare to Ecuador (which has a no-visa policy) and then trekking through Panama, north through Central America to the U.S. border.

The African migration is indicative of how much larger the humanitarian crisis at the southern border could get. Unless Congress acts.

Similarly, Julian Castro is calling for a Marshall Plan for Central America, and Cory Booker is mimicking the same foolish approach. Though currently the vast majority of migrants crossing the border are from Central America, that could change. The entire globe is in the grip of a migration crisis. Should American taxpayers have to fork over billions to make Cameroon, Congo, and Angola nicer places to live?

The Trump administration is taking a sensible approach, pressuring Mexico to use its military and police to disrupt the human trafficking networks that are so profitable for smugglers and deadly for migrants.

Nearly all the Democratic candidates also espouse open borders. They say entering the U.S. illegally should not be a crime, and no one should be arrested. In fact, they want taxpayers to provide illegal newcomers with free health care.

At the next presidential debate, moderators should ask if these magnanimous candidates will take migrant families into their own homes. How about a show of hands?

None of these candidates has the common sense to be president. Even former President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, calls their wacky idea of decriminalizing illegal entry into the U.S. “unworkable” and “unwise.”

Congress isn’t doing much better. Its job is to respond to the global migration crisis. Instead, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accuses U.S. border officials of “child abuse” for the shortage of toothbrushes and bathing facilities at the Clint, Texas, facility. That’s a cheap shot. Lawmakers need to drop the partisan grandstanding and correct the legal flaws in our immigration system. That will discourage migrants from making the dangerous trek, from however far away.

Source: The American Spectator

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