A First Hand View of the "Immigration Crisis" by George Rodriguez
The following was forwarded to me. It is a firsthand account of what is taking place along the border.
I am a 5th generation Texan of Mexican descent, who was born and raised in the Border region. I also worked on the 1986 Immigration Act in the Reagan Administration, and therefore I feel somewhat qualified to speak about the current immigration crisis and recommend some solutions.
The Border region has always been lawless, and my family and I have lived with the impact of illegal immigration and border crime for several generations. What has now become a national issue was always a problem to law abiding citizens in south Texas.
We saw large numbers of Mexican “refugees” come 1910-20 fleeing the violence of the revolution. They were most were mostly poor and entered without proper documentation. No one said much back then, but does that sound familiar?[adsanity id=8405 align=alignleft /]In 1940, my father organized a printers’ union in Laredo TX to start a “closed shop” to keep illegal aliens from taking American jobs. That’s when American unions used to worry about American jobs. We still cringe when we hear someone claim illegal aliens don’t take Americans’ jobs.
My family saw the effects of the “Bracero Program” in the 1940’s and 50’s. It was a “guest worker” program that displaced many low skilled American workers in the Border region. Foreigners came to work “temporarily”, but then stayed permanently.
We remember when a few Mexican born children used to cross the border to attended public schools in border communities. Back then, they paid tuition but now public education is free for illegal alien children everywhere.
I personally worked on the “1986 Simpson-Mazzolli Immigration Act” that specified illegal aliens could not participate in federally funded programs. But I also remember the day in 1989, when I was working at HUD as a special assistant for Jack Kemp, that a Hispanic group from California complained that the CDBG funds should not “discriminate” against illegal aliens. Shortly after that CDBG funds, and soon other federal programs, were changed to allow illegal aliens to participate.
As for crime and fraud, several of my family members been victimized by illegal aliens who disappear into society or scurry back across the border. I remember in 1988, when a Mexican woman asked my sister if she could “buy” my recently deceased mother’s social security number.
Finally, I have been warning people for years that all the “Dreamers” need to be deported or America would become the “world’s orphanage”. That’s exactly what’s happening with more and more illegal alien children arriving every day.
It’s about national security and sovereignty, not race or ethnicity. Illegal immigration impacts negatively on American Latinos as well as everyone else, perhaps worst.
While politicians and the media discuss and analyze the “Border Crisis”, my family has lived it for generations. Here’s our solution.
1. Secure the border completely…with a wall and the military to stop illegal entry.
2. Deport ALL the aliens who entered the U.S. illegally since 1986, regardless of their age.
3. Enforce all the immigration laws, including laws against hiring illegal aliens and providing them social benefits.
4. Ignore the Democrats and bleeding-heart liberals.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here