|Jerry R Curry
|Major General US Army Retired
There has never been
another nation quite like the United States on the face of the earth. It
adopted the world’s first written constitution based on principles
revealed in self-evident truths—and established a government based on a
bold vision of what the future in a New World could be.
We are a nation of immigrants and immigration, legal and illegal, affects the
lives of all Americans. For half a century Congress and various
presidential Administrations have unsuccessfully wrestled with the illegal
Twenty years ago, when there were estimated to be
just over five million illegal immigrants residing within our borders, I
was one of many who believed that law-abiding immigrants should be
pardoned, on the understanding that our borders would then be
controlled, our immigration laws upgraded and strictly enforced and
violators severely dealt with. This has not happened.
Instead of being secured, our borders have become a
sieve through which terrorists, drug runners and illegal immigrants slip
with impunity. The number of illegal immigrants residing within our
borders has multiplied fivefold. And not only are our laws not being
enforced, but some cities and localities have even declared themselves
to be sanctuaries for illegal immigrants who break and flout our laws.
Of course the phrase “illegal immigrant” is a
misnomer. Those who have illegally crossed our borders have not
immigrated. They have violated our laws and hospitality. These so-called
“illegal immigrants” are in reality “criminal foreigners.”
President George Washington once said:
"The bosom of America is open to receive not
only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and
persecuted of all nations and religions; that we shall welcome to a
participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and
propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment."
In short, immigration is extended to
foreigners only with conditions attached. From the beginning it was
expected that immigrants could only earn the right to qualify for
citizenship by being law abiding. Twenty years ago I wrote the
No nation can continue to exist as an
independent nation if it is unable or unwilling to maintain the
integrity of its borders. It is impossible for a government to discharge
its responsibilities to its residents if it is incapable of effectively
controlling its own borders. This must be a cornerstone of U.S.
Because of the inflow of drugs, terrorists
and illegal immigrants, our southern border has become a national
security disaster and securing that border has become of paramount
importance. The Secretary of
Defense can secure our southern border within 90 days. Never … never … never …
underestimate the effectiveness of our military when America’s national
security is threatened.
In the interim, those illegal immigrants
caught attempting to cross the border (those who are neither terrorists
nor drug smugglers) would be, by executive order, summarily returned to
the south side of the border and released.
A mass round up of illegal immigrants is
neither reasonable nor practical. But “illegals” involved in the
commission of a crime should be immediately processed, punioshed and deported in
accordance with our laws.
We must also recognize that flagrant
flaunting and breaking of immigration laws inevitably will lead to and
promote a drift toward national lawlessness. So it is the government’s
duty to restrain criminal activity, including the violation of
immigration laws, and to ensure that law enforcement does not become
arbitrary and capricious.
We should all be opposed to amnesty for those who have
broken our laws in gaining entrance to this country, but we should also support
adoption of a fair and intelligent guest worker program.
This great nation of ours is more than able to
control our borders and deal with the illegal
immigrant problem. We are also able to implement a guest worker program,
control legal immigration and revamp our immigration laws. This is a
task that requires all our cooperation and our immediate vigilance.