As I’ve said before in this space, something almost as troubling as the presence of illegal immigrants itself and the far-reaching problems surrounding them are the so-called Americans who see nothing wrong with that.
They range from the rank-and-file individuals who blindly follow the herd to, sadly, those in positions of power.
The rank-and-file crowd supposedly supports illegals in the name of some misguided view of social justice, justifying their actions with simple-minded phrases such as “we’re all immigrants.”
They refuse to grasp, or are incapable of grasping, the wide-ranging implications the illegal population has on the legal populace in terms of unemployment, wage-stagnation, over-stressing our educational system, crime, health care, social services and more.
Meanwhile, more disturbingly, we have governors of sanctuary-minded states such as California, mayors of sanctuary cities and others who’ve been mounting major efforts aimed at protecting illegals — which has gone way beyond the good old days of just demanding amnesty.
This includes refusing to assist ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents in getting rid of dangerous criminal aliens who can then turn around and victimize innocent legal residents as a result.
Some have even gone so far as advocating for illegals to be able to vote.
These officials are engaging in treasonous behavior that goes against the oaths each of them took to uphold the law and not violate the trust of their constituents. At the very least, those defying the federal government should be removed from office, and at most, imprisoned as accessories for criminal aliens who shouldn’t have even been here in the first place.
The most recent example of this involves the furor over a decision by the Trump administration to include a question on citizenship in the 2020 census. This includes, of course, a stern reaction by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who announced plans to sue over the issue. “Surprise, surprise,” in the immortal words of Jim Nabors, aka Gomer.
Asking about a person’s citizenship status for census purposes is a perfectly reasonable move, when you think about one of the major purposes of the every-10-year headcount of Americans. Yes, it’s good to have updated figures, but another reason for the census is to determine shifts in the population and adjust boundaries of legislative districts for seats in Congress accordingly.
This is to make sure citizens are properly represented, and notice that I said “citizens.”
As census question supporter GOP Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio’s 8th congressional district rightfully put it, the upcoming count “should be based on citizens, not on residents.”
I know it might come as a shock to some, but illegal immigrants, by their very definition, have no citizenship rights whatsoever when it comes to representation in our halls of government.
As non-citizens they possess no such voice, period. I know this sounds weird, but that’s the way our system is supposed to operate.
California’s attorney general and officials of other states think otherwise, and they’re revealing their true colors of deceit and mendacity in opposing the census question.
Knowing they will be asked about citizenship will cause illegal residents to avoid cooperating with census takers, critics of the measure say. This, of course, will dilute the legislative strength of places such as the Golden State.
“An undercount would threaten at least one of California’s seats in the House of Representatives,” the attorney general said. He claims the state would be “disproportionately harmed” if residents chose not to participate in the census out of fear, given that it has a large illegal immigrant population.
Well, duh. Maybe such states need to be “harmed” for harboring those folks.
Yet the California attorney general’s comments illustrate just how forked-tongue politicians are — not only are they shortchanging their own legal citizens by working so diligently on behalf of illegals, they are not even sincere about that. They don’t really care one iota about the poor illegal immigrant families they are professing to safeguard, but power.
There should be a special place in hell for such officials, who are part of a larger problem now plaguing the Far Left.
It has become so radical and polarizing that saner members of the Democratic Party, even Roseanne Barr, have been alienated.
So it needs a new voting bloc, which a ready-made group of processed illegals eager to serve their Democrat benefactors represents.
However, the census shouldn’t be a tool for accomplishing this.
Tom Joyce is a staff writer for The Mount Airy News. He may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.