As the powers that be in Washington are locked in a bitter dispute over border security, everyday Americans are still reaping the toxic consequences of a flawed immigration system. For these individuals, illegal immigration is more than a political football or a novel way to signal one’s virtue; it is the difference between promoting the American dream and taking unnecessary risks out of a misguided sense of compassion.
Recently, several news stories have been published discussing victims of violent crimes committed by individuals residing in the United States illegally. The most recent, which involved the brutal murder of a police officer who happened to be a legal immigrant, illustrates an important difference between the conservative and leftist approaches to this highly contentious issue.
Who Was Officer Singh?
Officer Ronil Singh, 33, came to the United States about 20 years ago. He had always dreamed of becoming a police officer, and later served as a volunteer at the Modesto Police Department. Later, he worked with the Newman Police Department, where he eventually reached the rank of corporal.
While most of the stories about legal immigrants focus on those who come to America to become wealthy, the majority simply want a better life, regardless of wealth. They are people like Officer Singh, who just wanted to serve and protect his community. Unfortunately, his life was cut short by a criminal alien who shot him in cold blood during a traffic stop.
In contrast, the man who allegedly murdered Officer Singh is clearly not the type of individual America needs. Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a 32-year-old gang member with multiple prior arrests for offenses – including driving under the influence. It was suspicion of drunk driving that prompted Officer Singh to pull him over.
But one of the most striking differences between Singh and Arriaga is the fact that the latter entered the United States illegally. He was one of many who slipped through the system due to our faulty policies. While the left is constantly attempting to convince the American public that the people who subvert our immigration laws are completely harmless, stories such as this put the lie to their claims.
What the Open Borders Lobby Has Wrought
Officer Singh’s murder is a story that comes at an inconvenient time for the progressive left, which has a vested interest in downplaying the potential dangers posed by some of the individuals who cross our borders illegally. But it also highlights a sharp difference between ordinary Americans on the left and the right.
…willing to accept a more lenient approach to immigration despite the potential risks.
Left-leaning individuals see that people in other countries are often suffering from brutal governments, rampant poverty, and gang violence. While their leaders have more cynical reasons for encouraging illegal immigration, most of the rank and file tend to have a genuine concern for those who are less fortunate.
For this reason, they are willing to accept a more lenient approach to immigration despite the potential risks. The fact that their influencers in the establishment media routinely assure them that none of these people are threats only assuages their consciences further.
On the other hand, most right-leaning Americans want immigrants to come to the United States. Contrary to what the left would have you believe, conservatives also care about those who leave the poor conditions experienced in their home countries.
It is one of the reasons why they hold such reverence for Cubans who fled from Fidel Castro’s brutal communist regime to seek asylum in America. It is why they respect people who are willing to go through the process to become citizens.
But more than that, conservatives understand the seriousness of ensuring the safety of those already residing legally in the country. They know that the majority of those who initially break the law to enter the country do not go on to other crimes, but they also recognize that the atrocities committed by the individuals who are violent could have been prevented by enforcing robust immigration policies.
Progressive Policies Are Dangerous
The reality is that the progressive approach, while seeming to be compassionate, is threatening to both Americans and many of those who are entering the country illegally. Like many other leftist programs, it dons the facade of empathy, but in reality, exacts a tremendous toll on a significant number of people.
Unfortunately, Singh’s story is only one example of how failed immigration policies endanger citizens. Sanctuary cities, which are often promoted by progressives, are also putting American lives in danger. A recent study demonstrated that crime decreased in Phoenix, Arizona after its leadership abandoned its sanctuary city laws. Former police officer Levi Bolton told Fox news that the city “saw a 20-year low crime rate” after they allowed local law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities.
There are very few people in the United States of America that could be classified as anti-immigration. Indeed, the public wants immigrants to build new lives in America, but they want to ensure that the nation allows only the right people to settle in the country, not those who will make American society worse. Put simply, We want the type of immigration policies that every other developed nation uses without placing law-abiding individuals in jeopardy.We value your comments! Please weigh in on our comment section below. And remember to check out the web’s best conservative news aggregator Whatfinger.com