We are a Nation of Immigrants… and Laws and Borders!

We are a nation of immigrants.  How often do we hear a reporter, pundit or politician make this comment when the discussion of illegal immigration comes up?

If someone opposes illegal immigration they are immediately labeled by the left as anti-immigration, or worse, they are called a racist or xenophobic.

Are liberal Democrats twisting our words on purpose?  When we say illegal immigration, how is it that they think we mean legal immigration?

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To answer this question, we must first face some hard truth.

Anyone who has studied demography knows immigration is an important part of this nation’s ability to grow financially; especially in light of the low birth rate.

Due to abortion on demand and cultural trends which discourage marriage, the birth rate in this country is not keeping up with our economy.  We may one day soon drop to dangerously low birth rate levels that send us plummeting into a financial depression, which will be deeper and last longer than the great depression during the first part of the twentieth century.

In short, we need immigration to keep this from happening.  But herein lies the shibboleth.  And though the left may not believe most Americans on the right welcome immigrants, we do.

What we do not welcome is illegal immigration, which burdens productive Americans with a greater tax burden due to these families coming here and collecting welfare, food stamps, medical care and free college tuition at a state university for their children when we have to beg and borrow just to send our own to a community college.

Many middle-class families making less than one hundred thousand dollars a year find themselves having to take out huge loans and pay exorbitant interest for ever increasing tuition cost.

On top of this, we see our taxes continue to rise, our paychecks decline, inflation on the rise and our economy stagnate, and you wonder why so many people are angry.

As a result of the awful trade deals our government has negotiated over the last twenty years, we watched manufacturing jobs leave our country and go to nations with favored status leaving us without work.

These same countries then manipulate their currency, making it impossible for us to compete on the open market with our products.

Again I ask, you wonder why so many American workers are angry?

These deals may promote free trade, but what we want, what we need, and what we demand is a free and fair trade.

We are a nation of immigrants; nobody can argue differently.  But we are also a nation that has borders and laws.

And it sticks in our craw that many sidestep the legal process and sneak in through the back door to get here.  And then they have the audacity to complain about how we do things, all the while waving the flag from the country they just left.

To those of us who apply logic and sound reason to immigration, we find it repulsive that the first act of many of these immigrants when coming to this country is to break our laws.  We believe this sets a precedent for lawlessness.  And our children’s children will have to pay the bill.


Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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