Independent Journal Review spoke to immigrants who came to the United States legally about their thoughts on illegal immigration, and their responses lay bare how offensive it is for the left to conflate legal and illegal immigrants, and how absurd it is to claim that those who want “law and order” are somehow anti-immigrant.
Waqqas Khan, a 35-year-old physician, came to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2010 and had this to say about how the media refuses to draw a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants:
“Both me and my wife moved to the U.S. almost 10 years ago. We worked extremely hard and had to go through tremendous hardships to change our visa status from working visa to permanent residentship. We served this country with our skills and compassion and owe a lot to America.
I just had the great honor and privilege of becoming a U.S. citizen on February 10, 2017. Being a legal immigrant to the U.S., I believe that immigration laws are of extreme importance for the sovereignty of a nation.
I find elements defending and promoting illegal immigration utterly outrageous, offensive and racist toward hardworking, legal immigrants like myself and others of various colors, ethnicities, and backgrounds.”
Hamody Jasim, a 31-year-old terrorism expert and former asset for U.S. intelligence, immigrated to the United States in 2010 from Iraq. Jasim spoke about how critical border security is:
“In Iraq, we had Al-Qaeda coming into our country because our border wasn’t secure at all. If your borders aren’t secure, it makes it a lot easier for your enemy to come in and take advantage of that. In Iraq, we are bordered by Syria and other nations that create so much chaos.
Mexico is already not difficult to come through. Everyone wants to come to the U.S: we need to make sure they are able to do that, but be safe at the same time. We are the number-one target in the world.”
Miriam Amselem, a 51-year-old personal trainer, came to the U.S. from Israel and talked about how important it is for the U.S. to protect its border, discussing how in Israel, it is absolutely critical for the country to stay safe.
Jojo Reyes, a 57-year-old corporate pilot, emigrated from the Philippines in 1973 and had this to say about the danger of open borders:
I’m a corporate pilot and have traveled to countries that bring back memories of corruption, poverty, briberies, and crime. The last one being Nigeria. There are places there that you wouldn’t want to get caught walking alone due to kidnappings and terrorist threats from groups like Boko Haram.
We should consider ourselves lucky to live in such a great country, far from the problems of these other third world countries, whose open borders continue to plague their communities with illegal and criminal immigrants.”
Aly Taylor, a 29-year-old corporate sales manager, emigrated from Mexico in 1998, and touched on the common-sense idea of making sure that those who come into this country have something this country needs and will be able to contribute:
“The U.S. has more illegal immigrants than any other country in the world. There is a better way to handle migration and encourage respect for the laws of the land and maintain great diversity.
The U.S. should embrace a talent-based migration system where we find ways to encourage and enable legal migration to those who can bring high talent and skills.
At the same time, the U.S. should tighten up borders as every other nation has in order to protect its citizens and keep illegal immigrants out.”
IJR’s fantastic piece highlighted stories that the mainstream media doesn’t want to talk about because they don’t further their narrative that those who believe in sovereignty, safety, and common sense are somehow “anti-immigrant.”
Quite the contrary, in fact — those that went through all the work to get here know full well why this country is so great and why it’s so critical for us to preserve it by respecting our border and laws.