Porous Northern Border?

An article by J. J. McCullough in the current edition of  The National Review discusses how refugees are anxious to cross into Canada given their knowledge that Canada does not enforce its own immigration laws.  Reuters has produced a feature story on the flow of refugees from the U. S. into Canada and reported that “more than 20,000 Haitians and Nigerians and hundreds of Turks” had crossed over in the past year apparently seeking asylum.  The allusion is that this outflow is due to their fear that President Trump would deport them to their home countries.

I have written before about the porous Northern border and my concern that we stood to have illegals entering at will from Canada.  I might’ve been too hasty.  If they are, instead outbound, maybe the “easy-to-cross” border will inure to our benefit in the final analysis.

Now, if we could somehow find the rationale to help illegals in our Southern states want to again get back to points South, we might have just seen our border issues solved by the purported dufus, President Trump.  Maybe the fence is still a good idea so long as it has convenient doors which only open to the South with some device such as barrier wire with points aimed South to aid in their escape.

Unfortunately, the porous Northern border also permits that flow in the opposite direction and it does work in that way with people from here going there, and people from there coming here.  Minneapolis is a prime example in its current demographic make-up.

This article looks at Canadian law as written and compares it to Canadian law as enforced and finds that enforcement, or lesser levels of enforcement, in Canada does affect the influx of illegals from the U.S. entering into Canada.  The fact is that Canada has difficulty in dealing with these immigrants on a timely basis and many find themselves there legally receiving welfare benefits and health care while they await deportation.  The length of time required to move an illegal out of Canada is approaching 11 years.

There is a simple fact here:  If there are porous borders, they will be used by illegals to come into the country that provides them with more than they currently have.  If Mexicans believe they can benefit from crossing into the U.S., they will cross into the U.S.  If the U.S. has tougher laws than does Canada, people who are not U.S. citizens will flow Northward.

Both our Southern and our Northern borders are porous.  At the moment it seems we have illegal eastern Europeans as a threat to our North and illegal Mexicans and others from South America a threat to our South.  Border enforcement is critical no matter how that enforcement is accomplished.

We have one political party that seems to desire more immigrants and one political party that seems to believe in the sanctity of our borders.  We have a mishmash in Congress that ebbs and flows with the breeze of the daily press stories.  We had a President before Trump that had no sense of concern over this issue.  We now have Trump who has talked the “Wall” since before he took office.  But we still have that mishmash called Congress that pays more attention to the politics of the matter than to the safety and integrity of our country.

I will not be surprised if there is no firm resolution especially to the Southern border issue until we have such a huge problem that it can no longer be pushed down the road while it is used politically.

If only we could force a simple up or down vote on these issues, and then hold the appropriate feet to the fire, we might see some progress.  But, for so long as this issue is the football du jour, we will have little if any resolution.  Imagine what our country will be like if it becomes a Europe look-alike.  Imagine how we will look back and long for what might’ve been as we arm ourselves and bar our doors and fear going outside except at High Noon and maybe even then.

How far down the road is that scenario?

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