While the political world will be paralyzed for much of the week with the fallout from the Mueller testimony and talk of Russian influence over our elections, the greatest foreign influence both sides of Congress are ignoring is illegal immigration. Our foundational laws protecting Americans from foreign invaders are being systemically ignored and delegitimized. That is the true foreign influence that should concern us all.
There are countless millions of illegal aliens in this country, many of whom came recently, including well over two million criminal aliens. Yes, there are that many of other countries’ criminals in this country, and there is no sense of urgency from the political class to remove them. ICE should be given full funding and awarded medals for getting rid of other countries’ drunk drivers and drug traffickers, murderers and child molesters. Instead, thanks to a lack of Republican support and a counter-narrative from supposedly conservative media, the left-wing media has empowered wealthy subversive NGOs and local politicians to thwart, fight, and delegitimize every deportation.
The disconcerting truth is that the laws on the books designed to protect Americans from foreign infiltrators – the most foundational responsibility of a national government – are being sabotaged. The very illegal aliens who invaded our sovereignty now have more influence on government, media, and pop culture than the American taxpayers who pay for their hospital stays and care.
The simple reality is that our laws are not enforced. After so much hype about at least going after the million or so illegal aliens with final deportation orders, just 35 individuals have thus far been apprehended.
While this is only one operation still in its early stages, it’s part of a systemic breakdown in enforcing sovereignty. During the first term of Obama’s presidency, when he was still enforcing the law and sanctuaries hadn’t yet begun widespread civil disobedience, deportations were averaging around 400,000 per year. Under this administration, only 230,000 were deported in fiscal year 2018.
Even if you ignore border deportations and just focus on interior deportations, the numbers are stark. During Obama’s first term, ICE was averaging roughly 18,000-22,000 interior deportations per month. That number dropped to around 6,000 a month after Obama suspended much of interior enforcement during his final two years. Even under Trump, we are averaging just 7,000 interior deportations a month so far this year.
Take Venezuela, for example. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there were 67,000 Venezuelans who overstayed their visas in 2017 and 2018. Yet only 584 Venezuelan nationals were removed over that period, and most of them were turned back at legal ports of entry, not removed from the interior. It’s no surprise that more Venezuelans are now incentivized to come to the border. Yet rather than deterring them by enforcing current laws, House Democrats along with 37 Republicans voted to grant them more amnesty. The cycle of lawlessness inducing more illegal immigration, which in turn grows illegal immigrants’ influence on politicians who should be working for citizens, is working splendidly for the anarchist crowd.
While ICE is woefully underfunded given the task before it, it would help to actually enforce laws on the books that will make it harder for aliens to evade detection or be harbored by lawyers and politicians.
How is it that an illegal alien can get a driver’s license and cycle in and out of the criminal justice system, not only as a regular illegal alien but as one who was ordered deported – all without ever being detected? 8 U.S. Code §1304 requires alien registration. In fact, our laws were specifically designed to ensure that every alien is detected upon his first interaction with government or law enforcement.
The law requires every alien to get fingerprinted and documented with “a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card” pursuant to the Alien Registration Act of 1940. §1304(e) states:
“Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d). Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.”
Why is this not enforced? It would quite literally prevent every illegal alien crime because they would be immediately identified upon their first interaction with police or face prosecution for not registering.
Perhaps there should be a special counsel appointed to investigate how decades’ worth of immigration promises codified into law have been ignored, inducing an inalterable change in our country as a result of the ultimate foreign influence. If we feel too scared to enforce our own laws against foreign infiltration because of fear of reprisal from those very people, indeed we have a much greater problem than foreign influence; we have a problem of foreign control.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.