Too Many, Too Fast

Mar 08, 2017

To the Editor:

Diversity has been championed as our greatest strength. This is true when those who come arrive legally, are vetted, have a sincere desire to assimilate and, most importantly, don’t displace American citizens. Over the past 30 years we’ve seen the exact opposite.

Illegal aliens have gotten through porous border controls by un-enforced visa restrictions as well as directly across our borders. The 11 million undocumented aliens figure bandied about for years seems unrealistic, is never challenged and is probably much higher.

Aliens supposedly living in the shadows are out amongst us every day, raising families with free health care and schooling for the children. Who could blame them with the magnet we’ve created? Besides the problems of radical Islam and other criminal activity, it doesn’t matter that the majority are hardworking people. The point is there have been too many, too fast, for proper assimilation to occur.

They are mainly taking jobs in the unskilled labor market, a category too many of our own citizens fall into. This is the primary cause in the decline of working wages and living standards during this era. Without this glut of additional workers the living wage problem would organically resolve itself. This is a self-created problem due to improper border protection and ignorance of the rule of law, which we were warned of in 1965 and were supposed to correct in 1986 and again in 2006.

This quest for cheap labor has purposely divided us, while at the same time creating a new massive foreign entitlement nation within our borders as evidenced by the recent Day Without Immigrants walkout. Diversity, sans assimilation, has arrived, as has pushback and now civil unrest.

President Trump and his administration are taking charge during this divisive era, will secure our borders and rein in visa abuses. Then and only then can immigration reform come to the table. Citizenship, however, can never be a part of any reform for those who came here illegally.

James Spickard

Little Egg Harbor

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