A photo of the migrant caravan on its way to the US taken in Mexico City in an article on illegal immigration and the border crisis by Allen West on the Old School Patriot website

New Congress and the Border Crisis

In Elections, Front Page, Illegal immigration, US Constitution by Allen West3 Comments

I think we should stay on the topic of illegal immigration for a little while. This is a very telling issue to delineate between constitutional conservatives and progressive socialists.

Just this past Sunday, there were two leftists who made it clear they are somewhat challenged when it comes to our national sovereignty and laws. On “Face the Nation,” Maine Democrat Senator Angus King was under the delusion that there isn’t a crisis at our border. He scoffed at the idea that there was an “invasion” occurring. Not too long after the so-called “migrants” stormed the border, some even found a breach point and did illegally enter the United States. These individuals threw rocks and bottles at our US Customs and Border Patrol agents, who then fired back with tear gas.

Now, of course, the liberal progressive media wants to create the narrative that innocent babies, children, were being gassed. My question is: why would any loving mother, or parent, expose their child to violence where a mob assails law enforcement agents doing their jobs securing our border?

Senator King is not the only one who has a distorted perspective on protecting our nation. Yep, look who will be the incoming Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

As reported by CNS News,

“Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the incoming head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said members of the “caravan” should not be forced to wait in Mexico until they have an immigration hearing in U.S. courts. 

“No, no. Because that’s not the law,” Cummings told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “They should be allowed to come in, seek asylum, that’s the law.” 

Host Chuck Todd asked Cummings if he would support changing the law: “No, no,” Cummings said. “I think that we have a system that has worked for a long time. This president has come in, wants to change it, that’s up to him. But now the Congress has got to stand up, and hopefully, they will.” 

Todd asked Cummings, “Do you think what (President Trump’s) doing is constitutional? “I don’t know,” Cummings replied. “We’ll see. I don’t think so. But we’ll see.” 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials temporarily suspended all northbound and southbound crossings for both pedestrians and vehicles at the San Ysidro port of entry on Sunday morning as hundreds of illegal aliens tried to force their way into the U.S. The rushing of the U.S. border was captured on videotape.”

There are two points that I wish to share. First of all, when someone who has been a Member of Congress — for who knows how long –responds to a question about something being constitutional with, “I don’t know, we’ll see, I don’t think so, but we’ll see,” oh boy. This is the reason I carry a pocket constitution with me wherever I go.

When an incoming House Committee Chairman is not sure about what is constitutional, that should concern us all. But, then again, this is the majority of the US House of Representatives America voted in. And it looks like the House will be led by someone who once quipped, “we have to pass the bill in order to find out what is in it.” Yes, that was then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, referring to Obamacare.

The second point that I will offer is that it appears that Rep. Cummings needs a dictionary that explains to him what the word “asylum” means. I wrote a piece for my weekly CNS News commentary yesterday about that very point. People who are throwing rocks and bottles are not exactly looking for protection, not to mention the fact that they have already stormed the sovereign border of another country: Mexico.

Rep. Cummings should remember that we, America, are not obligated to allow anyone into this country. Heck, there are folks who attempt to enter America through designated ports of entry and are denied every day. The proper, lawful, manner to gain entry into the United States is to apply for entry. You can present your case and then wait for the verification of your claims, your statement.

It appears to me that the incoming Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is somewhat clueless when it comes to our immigration laws. And that, in my humble assessment, is a very dangerous position.

Some would say that the inmates are now going to run the asylum, to use another definition of the word, a place for the mentally ill. No, silly, I am not calling the incoming Chairman mentally ill, but he is certainly constitutionally challenged. If we are now to believe that anyone can just walk into the United States and then disappear into our society — they rarely return for subsequent hearings — we are watching the decline of our Constitutional Republic. Did I say this is what America voted in as the majority?

There has always been a legal way to gain entry into the United States. Since when did we embrace the belief that the rule of law does not matter? Ask yourselves: why would anyone want to be part of a nation that does not even believe in its own sovereignty? No, these migrants have no “right” to enter the United States. And those who just attempted to storm our border certainly have evidenced the lack of respect and regard they have. Not liking where you live is not grounds for seeking asylum. Perhaps they should take action against their own failing governments.

America is not the global dumping ground, but it appears some, even our own elected officials, seem to believe so. If I were to suggest we colonize Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, folks would go apoplectic . . . and, just to be clear, I do not advocate such folly. These countries need to realize that they have failed leadership and effect a change in their own countries, It is the same as with those who stormed Europe and now look at that situation, especially in Germany.

President Trump is entrusted to safeguard the American people. What he is doing by not allowing the illegal entry into our nation is indeed constitutional, and it is part of his oath. I thought it was somewhat the same oath that Senator Angus King and Rep. Elijah Cummings took, but maybe I am wrong. It seems that their oath is to their ideological agenda, and that is, sadly, what America voted in as the majority in the US House of Representatives.

Remember when we were kids, and the grown-ups would tell us not to touch the hot stove? Some of y’all did not listen then and still do not listen.

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