Time for real bor­der se­cu­rity

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Opinion - – Richard Cour­reges Callawassie Is­land

In 1986, Ron­ald Rea­gan gave amnesty to 3 mil­lion peo­ple in ex­change for the promise of bor­der se­cu­rity. Af­ter that promise didn’t ma­te­ri­al­ize, Rea­gan later said it was the big­gest mis­take of his pres­i­dency. We are still wait­ing for our bor­der to be se­cure.

How does it make any sense that thou­sands of peo­ple can come across our bor­der il­le­gally, claim asy­lum and then be “en­ti­tled” to a le­gal hear­ing that won’t take place for years? And com­pound that in­san­ity by be­ing forced to re­lease these peo­ple into the coun­try while they wait for that hear­ing. And we all know that over 90 per­cent never ap­pear. How does this make sense? Democrats could change this, but won’t con­sider do­ing so.

Re­cently, two chil­dren died at the bor­der and Democrats want an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Has it not oc­curred to them that these peo­ple from Cen­tral Amer­ica are in­cen­tivized to take sig­nif­i­cant risks to come here be­cause of our poorly pro­tected bor­der and our ridicu­lous im­mi­gra­tion laws?

These same Democrats were for a fence and were will­ing to fund it. But now they are against any kind of a bar­rier. The only thing that his changed is that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is an ad­vo­cate for a bar­rier. It seems they would rather sac­ri­fice bor­der se­cu­rity, put peo­ple’s lives at risk, and see drugs and crim­i­nals come across the bor­der rather than agree to any­thing Trump is for. Is there an­other coun­try on the planet that is will­ing to sac­ri­fice its se­cu­rity to pe­nal­ize po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents?

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