The Transformation Continues…
It is difficult at times to determine which crisis du jour warrants the bulk of our concern, and in our attention-deficit disorder world, Americans are increasingly challenged to focus on one problem before being distracted with yet another headline-grabbing issue or scandal.
I have to wonder if this isn’t all by design. The Friday afternoon news dumps of late certainly appear to confirm my suspicions, and there are times I question just how many Americans even care.
In the midst of new information regarding Benghazi, “lost” IRS emails, the trading of terrorists who remain a threat to our nation, and the ISIS invasion of Iraq, the situation on our southern border has reached a crisis level and demands immediate action, yet there is no indication that the federal government seriously intends to stop the recent surge of illegal alien minors. Instead, the only efforts appear to involve the housing of the illegals in locations across the country.
According to Texas Governor Rick Perry, law enforcement is apprehending a thousand people a day, mostly from Central America, and these numbers are only from the state of Texas. Make no mistake; this is an invasion of epic proportions and will have a detrimental impact throughout our nation.
Is this a deliberate attempt to overload our system with new residents and push for amnesty on humanitarian grounds? Many conservatives believe this is precisely the motive, with several citing the Cloward-Piven strategy first introduced in 1966 by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, married sociology professors and political activists who taught at the Columbia University School of Social Work. The premise of their strategy involved “a massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls” which “would precipitate a profound financial and political crisis.” 1
Will this “humanitarian crisis” lead to a more vocal and aggressive demand for amnesty?
Our country has always been an incredible melting pot, a nation of immigrants who have contributed so much to the fabric of our republic, but the majority have immigrated legally with the dream of becoming an American citizen through the naturalization process. If we merely warehouse masses of people who come primarily for whatever government benefit they can obtain, we face the alarming risk of becoming a society of residents who have little to no sense of American history or even a basic understanding of what civic involvement entails.
We are also a nation of laws, or so we are told. Yet the immigration laws in place are routinely ignored or selectively enforced. Those on the left are salivating over the prospect of amnesty and the additions to their voter rolls, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is eager to utilize the cheap labor for the corporatist segment.
Conservatives are not anti-immigrant; we simply want those who come to our country to do so legally. Living in the shadows only leads to more poverty and does nothing to increase the quality of life for those who are seeking a better world in which to raise their families. But we are alarmed by the very real threat that our open borders presents to the security of our nation.
If the mainstream media reports on the crisis at all, it will be to focus on the plight of young children who are fleeing violence in Central America; however, those who follow conservative news outlets find that an alarming number of these “children” are 17 years of age or older with possible connections to gang members. How many of those “children” will be relocated to other states rather than face deportation? Given the limited resources at our border, how many of these illegals also include those intent on executing acts of terrorism on U.S. soil who will slip through undetected?
If the threat of criminals and terrorists slipping through during this crisis isn’t enough, consider the health risks of thousands of non-immunized migrants being housed in whatever facility can be utilized to handle the daily influx of humanity. Due to the sheer numbers of people being processed, screening for diseases is essentially non-existent and the overcrowding of facilities renders quarantine virtually impossible.
Get ready, Alabama. The stream of illegal immigrants will not be contained in our border states so your elected representation needs to hear your concerns.
America is in yet another crisis and I can’t help but remember the words of former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” The Cloward-Piven strategy of overwhelming the system may well be this administration’s design for America…and, unfortunately for those taxpayers who fund the system, the transformation continues.
1 Cloward, Richard; Piven, Frances (May 2, 1966, originally published in The Nation) “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”
Marcia Chambliss is the Alabama State Coordinator of Smart Girl Politics, a 501(c) (3) non-profit dedicated to the education and training of activists and candidates, and Smart Girl Politics Action, http://sgpaction.com/, a 501(c) (4) which focuses on conservative issues. She can be reached at: Marcia@sgpaction.com. Her views do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart Girl Politics Action.