We’re a nation of immigrants. Progressives repeat this platitude ad nauseam. It's true, of course, but for the most part we’re a nation of legal immigrants. (For our first hundred years, all immigrants were legal because there were no laws restricting immigration.)
They purposely conflate legal immigrants and illegal immigrants. But there’s a big difference between the two. Differences they want us to ignore.
1. Legal Immigrants respect our country.
Legal immigrants fled oppression or came here for the American dream. They went through an arduous process to come to America because they wanted to become Americans. They admired our principles and way of life. Illegal immigrants threw aside our laws of entry and sneaked in knowing they couldn't earn money without committing a felony by using forged documents.
2. Legal immigrants build a life for themselves and their family
Legal immigrants are generally educated, family oriented, and many build businesses. They save, earn their keep, and shun welfare. Illegal immigrants are generally uneducated and work menial jobs. Illegals accept benefits offered. Most send money back to their home country. ($69 billion to Mexico alone in 2016.) Their home-country economy sucks, and they don't want to fix it, so they sneak in here, earn what they can, and transfer our national wealth across the border.
3. Legal immigrants are grateful for their new home
Legal immigrants make model citizens who are grateful to finally get to America. They worked hard for the right. After they gain entry, they study our Constitution and actively seek citizenship. They are model Americans and are pleased to have left the old country behind. Illegal immigrants often dislike this country and the people already here. They ask, why should they be hunted since we stole the land from others. They’re just returning the favor in kind. They do not study our way of government. Some actively seek to make our government more like where they came from.
4. Legal immigrants integrate into American society
Legal immigrants go through the lengthy immigration process to come to American. They were not content where they came from and suffered years of heartache to gain legal entry. Legal immigrants want to be part of our society. Illegal immigrants can’t become Americans, at least not without amnesty. They stay clustered among their own countrymen and neither have the will nor the opportunity to integrate. Many don’t encourage their children to integrate. Illegal immigrants are generally at least a generation behind legal immigrants in assimilating into American society.
5. Legal immigrants are law biding
Legal immigrants respect our laws. They admire our culture so much they took pains to gain legitimate access to it. Illegal immigrants started life in America by breaking our immigration laws. They further broke laws by securing work with forged documents. They have been conditioned to ignore our laws. They believe our laws unjust. Progressives tout studies that show immigrants commit less crimes than natural born citizens. Some of these studies conflate legal and illegal immigrants, but all are based on convictions. The argument for sanctuary is that illegals will trust authority when they no longer fear authority. Nice theory, but not reality. Ask anyone in law enforcement about the difficulty of capturing and convicting an illegal immigrant. Most abscond before cops even arrive.
6. Legal immigrants are generally centrist or conservative
Here’s the rub. Most illegal immigrants vote for Democrats. Legal immigrates trend to vote for traditional conservative candidates. The most conservative legal immigrants come from Cuba, Eastern Europe, or Christians from Muslim counties. They know government oppression first hand and want nothing to do with it in their new home.
Number 6 is the bottom line.
The immigration debate is about Democrats taking and holding power. An old saying, as California goes, so goes the nation. The Democrats piloted their program for mass importation of new Democrat voters in California. Even they must be shocked at the speed of their success. California, like Mexico, now has true one-party rule. They even jiggered the election laws so that in many general elections, voters only have a choice between two Democrats. No wonder they push open borders, amnesty, paths to citizenship, sanction cities/states, and want to get rid of ICE. These non-Americans are their people. Their voters.
Democrats have given up on political policy and have gone for base arithmetic.