Monroe, GA- I was given the honor of being featured in Sunday’s Walton Tribune as a guest columnist. Illegal immigration is one of the largest problems facing our nation today. Please take a moment to read my column below:
When politicians, special interest groups, and the media have a hidden agenda - they intentionally use deceptive language to influence their audience. The words they repeat over and over become conventional and accepted. The current cry for “immigration reform” in Washington is the perfect case-in-point.
Liberal politicians, weak conservatives, and the media are all asking the wrong question. They want to know, “What’s in the best interest of the illegal immigrants and their children?” When the real question should be, “What’s in the best interest of the United States and the American people?”
Our immigration system is clearly broken, as more than 12 million undocumented aliens have made their way across our borders and reside in our country illegally - reaping all the same benefits that hard working, law abiding citizens do. Furthermore, the American people are then forced to bear the costs of the economic burden associated with the mass influx of illegal immigrants that pour across the border each day. These costs are not only felt in our pocketbooks, but in our schools, hospitals, and our in the ever-so-sparse job market in this tough economic time. Granting amnesty will exponentially expand the burden, and it will also send the wrong message to those who wish to migrate to the U.S. in the future. Granting amnesty is the equivalent of rewarding bad behavior, and it also would demonstrate a lack of respect - or need - for the immigration laws we do have on the books today. Ronald Reagan granted amnesty in 1986 to 3 million illegal immigrants, and today that number has almost quadrupled. It didn't work then, and it won't work now.
Comprehensive immigration reform is just another phrase for amnesty. Look out for the word “comprehensive.” In my opinion, it's a cop out. We hear about "comprehensive" legislation all the time, but far too often, it's simply a way to avoid the hard tasks at hand, such as voting to secure our borders. Our priority must be securing the border and strengthening existing laws so that we can help those who want to come here legally navigate the system more easily.
The solution to a crisis caused by illegal migration is not to wave a magic wand and afford criminals - those who broke our laws by coming here illegally - the honor and privilege of becoming citizens of our great nation. And amnesty will most certainly lead to citizenship, despite whatever the mainstream media, political wonks, and special interest groups promise us. Amnesty is precisely what liberals desire because they view illegal immigrants as prospective Democratic voters.
America is rapidly losing her identity. A recent Harris Interactive poll reveals that only 50 percent of naturalized U.S. citizens think schools should teach students to be proud of America. The same survey also shows that only 37 percent of naturalized citizens believe our Constitution is a higher legal authority than international law. In my opinion, this is not the vision that our Founders had for our country when they laid out the principles that would become the bedrock and governing laws for their "nation of immigrants."
I am in favor of restoring the foundation our forefathers built this country upon, and that starts with ensuring our borders are secure and those who want to legally migrate to our country are able to do so with the opportunity of a lifetime before them.
I'm Dr. Jody Hice and I am asking you to send me to Congress so that I can say "no" to amnesty and "yes" to the pursuit of the American dream.