COMMENTARY: Why only in America?

BY JIM N. TAYLOR

No nation is composed of immigrants: “We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of citizens.”- Mark Levin.

I would never deny any citizen the right to be an American under our laws that permit such. We can and should change our laws as the planet fills with an overabundance of humans. Either we become a nation of winners of one of losers.

It is ridiculous to think that any person from any culture and of any educational status will be able to arrive on our shores, fit in and become a productive citizen. Get over it! The benefits America realized from immigration in its founding by rugged individuals, who never dreamed of a socialistic welfare state, no longer exist.

We must stop the stupidity of bringing in large numbers of uneducated people from corruption-based and/or socialistic and/or Muslim countries with backward cultures not speaking English, when we could bring in only highly educated people from capitalistic countries with western cultures, speaking English, contributing to our tax base and assimilating.

Why is our errant immigration system based on family instead of merit? How can we prefer the uneducated grandpa of a resident or citizen from a third world nation over a young rocket scientist from Israel or Australia?

Currently 62% of illegal alien households are using some sort of welfare! How can they do this when they are not citizens? Does the fact that they have a child here entitle them to our support?

Why?

Most of these invaders pay no income tax and are a drag on our economy. This problem is not confined to illegal immigrants, but extends as well among legal immigrants.

An estimated 49% of households headed by legal immigrants used one or more welfare programs in 2012, compared to 30% of households headed by natives. Among household heads of legal immigrants with less than a high school education, welfare use is not less than 75%. Those with a high school diploma participate in welfare at 64% (cash, food, Medicaid and housing).

If immigration does not benefit those of us who are already here, why should we allow it to occur? Why should we make anyone a citizen who becomes dependent on welfare programs that we pay for?

The unemployment rate published by the government is not the measure of employment. The measure of employment is the workforce participation rate, which is at an all-time low of 62.6%.

We are nearing 40% of our able people that do not work for one reason or another. Most of these live off those who do the work. We desperately need to get these people back to work instead of bringing in more immigrants.

Currently we have 41.3 million foreign born, up from only 9.6 million in 1970. Why can we not take a breather by halting immigration for a short time? During such time we could secure our borders, get more of our nonworkers back in the work force, fix our vetting process for future immigrants so that we get the cream of the crop instead of the dregs.

I particularly cite the unpatriotic of the media and of the miserable employers who wish to give our country away to invaders arriving against our laws, as if it were their right; and those who welcome them, thus verifying their right to be here. I admonish you as those who do not appreciate the contributions of the generations who bore you and prepared your way.

Nature is not just or fair, and justice is only a concept in the human mind. You should not try to force me to live under your ideals or take my money to fund your misguided altruism.

Jim N. Taylor is a Harlingen resident.