Editor Casey Given was published in Townhallon the conservative history of immigration amnesty.
Here’s a pop quiz. Which president once said, “Illegal immigrants in considerable numbers have become productive members of our society and are a basic part of our work force”? Was it a liberal like Bill Clinton when he pushed for amnesty in 2000? Or, what about Barack Obama foreshadowing his forthcoming executive actions?
Last month, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security regarding the spike in immigrant children at the southern U.S. border. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Austin, argued, “This is a crisis that has been in the making for years.”
As we hear more horror stories about cramped detention centers for young immigrants, it’s important to ask ourselves why people would choose to illegally and dangerously leave their country and come to the United States. The United States is the top destination for immigrants worldwide for a reason. This country offers massive economic benefit and opportunity. We should proudly take on this role as a beacon of freedom to the world.