Today's post was planned to be something completely different. But, there is something on my heart that I know will be controversial. This isn't a political blog, but it is a life blog. And this is a part of all of our lives, here in America, like it or not. I know that there are very strong opinions on both sides of this issue, but I feel that one side is being more strongly represented. And so, without further ado, I'm just going to dive into it. Drumroll please...Immigration. Let me clarify a few things, the way I see them.
1) Being anti illegal immigrants, does NOT mean being anti immigrants. Just about everyone here in the states comes from a background of immigrant families. My own heritage is half Irish, half German. The issue comes with the illegal part.
2) Being Catholic, does NOT mean being a doormat. I keep hearing the, "you can't be pro-life and anti immigrant." Again, not anti immigrant. Anti illegal immigrant. Currently, we have a lottery system. Y'all, it's all in the name. A lottery is luck of the draw. Why would we depend on that type of system when it comes to the safety of our families and our home?
3) Just the other day, I watched a trial of an illegal immigrant who killed multiple policemen. He was laughing, saying that his only regret was that he had not killed more. If this was an isolated instance...but it is not. This is not to say that an American citizen could not do the same thing, and in fact, it does happen. BUT when someone is a known criminal, as this man was, should we allow them into our land? Do you want them to have easy access to your family? Now, instead of just letting them in...we have sanctuary cities to protect them!
4) Not all immigrants are criminals. I've seen the pictures, just like you, of the children suffering. Do I feel that we should do something to change that? Yes. However, a country cannot exist without borders. Without laws.
5) President Trump used to have a pro choice record. He has clearly had a change of heart, as his pro life decisions have been consistent and clear since he has held office. Please do not use your dislike for him, or for the bluntness with which he speaks, to say that he has not stood by the pro life movement. According to Elaine Godfrey of The Atlantic,
"In 2016, then-candidate Trump wrote a letter to pro-life leaders outlining four commitments: to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court; to sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act; to defund Planned Parenthood; and to make the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used for abortions, permanent law."
"While Trump has accomplished item No. 1—he put Neil Gorsuch, a staunch conservative, on the bench—the other three tasks remain. But he has advanced a pro-life agenda in other ways. In his first three days in office, Trump reinstated a policy that prohibits foreign organizations that receive U.S. funds from providing or recommending abortions. In April, Trump signed legislation allowing states to deny federal funds to organizations that provide legal abortions, like Planned Parenthood. And this month, the Trump administration created a new office in the Department of Health and Human Services devoted to protecting health-care workers who object to participating in abortion procedures, among others."
6) I'm looking around at all of those crying open borders. Many of those being big shots in Hollywood, many of them being your average every day American. So ask yourself, would you let an immigrant into your home, no questions asked, no background check, no information whatsoever? Also, you must feed them, pay for their healthcare, allow them to take the jobs that were open for your own children, and pay for their education. There is a difference in compassion, and stupidity. And I can tell you right now, when it comes down to the safety of my family, that would be my UTMOST concern. Our country's borders should be no different. I will continue to love all people, as we are called to do. That does not mean I have to allow them into my home.
7) Last but not least, do not shame me for believing this. Do not condemn me for putting the safety of my family and country first. Do not even insinuate that I am not pro-life because I do not support open borders.
Experience is a brutal teacher. Apparently though, we have not had enough of this experience to learn yet. How many more innocent Americans must suffer before we do?