The starting point

There has been a lot of heat and noise, but little light, when it comes to the years of cussing and discussing “immigration reform.”  You want “comprehensive reform?”  It has to begin with this premise:

“The principle that America’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens” is paramount, said Sen. (Jeff) Sessions.

Our own citizens are not served by a floodtide that undercuts wages by ballooning the workforce and allowing higher-paid Americans to be displaced essentially by indentured servants brought in under H1B.

Our own citizens are not served by a floodtide that includes a disproportionate number of criminals who create mischief, murder and mayhem in our nation.

Our own citizens are not served by an open borders policy that requires nothing of those who come here, but expects the American taxpayer to fund official services in a veritable Tower of Babel of languages.

Our own citizens are not served when there is no assimilation — when immigration results in mutually suspicious and hostile camps vying over the scraps of what used to be the most successful and self-confident country on the face of the planet.

I wish to live out my days in the America in which I was born — not the polyglot “we are the world” replacement that our current immigration policy is hell-bent on creating.  If I wanted to live as they do in other lands, I’d move there — and adapt to their way of doing things.  I expect no less of those who come here, beginning with respecting a process that allows them to do so legally, and in small numbers.  Anything else is the mark of an invader, not an “American in waiting,” as our utopianists would have it.

It speaks VOLUMES that the only candidate remotely approaching this issue in a sensible fashion is Donald Trump — and that every other candidate is running as far from his position on it as possible.  Why is putting America first such a verboten concept in America today?

They say America lags Europe by about 20 years in most trends.  Let’s hope it doesn’t take another two decades for us to have the courage to face what Europe is belatedly realizing: you either control your borders and have a nation, or you don’t.

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