One of the most controversial topics in American politics has been our nation’s border security — a topic that has become even more heated in recent weeks as President Donald Trump has cracked down on illegal immigration.
Not only has Trump vowed to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border, but he has also empowered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to become more aggressive in identifying those who have entered the country unlawfully.
While liberals and the mainstream media have been incessantly whining about Trump’s strong actions, many immigrants who came to the U.S. legally have come forward and given their insight into the situation — and it likely wasn’t what the anti-Trump crowd wanted to hear.
Independent Journal Review interviewed 20 immigrants who came to the U.S. within the last 50 years on the topics of border security and illegal immigration.
Each answer is its own story of wanting to protect America, and be fair to those who go through the legal process.
Here are our five favorites:
Aly Taylor, who emigrated from Mexico in 1998, believed that the U.S. could “tighten its borders” while also maintaining “great diversity.”
The 29-year-old corporate sales manager proposed a “talent-based migration system” that would encourage and enable legal migration “to those who can bring high talent and skills.”
“At the same time, the U.S. should tighten up borders as every other nation has in order to protect its citizens and keep illegal immigrants out,” Taylor said.
Miriam Amselem, who emigrated from Israel with her parents in 1974, said that her “entire family believes in secure and tight borders.”
Amselem’s family came to the U.S. after the Yom Kippur War in Israel. Even though the process to get visas and green cards took a year, her parents insisted on doing it the legal way.
“(W)e support legal immigration only,” the 51-year-old personal trainer explained.
Their reward? Amselem’s parents were naturalized “with pride” just five years later, she said.
Waqqas Khan, who emigrated from Pakistan in 2010, discussed the “tremendous hardships” he and his wife went through to become a U.S. citizen.
“We served this country with our skills and compassion and owe a lot to America,” the 35-year-old physician said.
After his experience with the immigration process, Khan has strong beliefs about those who try to circumvent it.
“Being a legal immigrant to the U.S., I believe that immigration laws are of extreme importance for the sovereignty of a nation,” he explained. “I find elements defending and promoting illegal immigration utterly outrageous, offensive and racist toward hardworking, legal immigrants like myself and others of various colors, ethnicities, and backgrounds.”
Funsho Adelabu, a 37-year-old inventory clerk, emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1997.
Adelabu said he agreed with certain border laws that promote legal immigration, especially considering the hardships faced by those who follow the immigration laws.
“It is not right for the working person to struggle and do everything by the book while others are here getting all the benefits, but not contributing like everyone else,” he said.
Jojo Reyes emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1973 to escape the dictatorship of U.S. ally Ferdinand Marcos.
As a pilot, Reyes has traveled around the world and seen, firsthand, the devastating effects of having open borders.
“We should consider ourselves lucky to live in such a great country, far from the problems of these other third world countries, whose open borders continue to plague their communities with illegal and criminal immigrants,” he said.
These immigrants, along with the countless others who worked hard to become a U.S. citizen or resident, prove why protecting our immigration laws is so important to maintaining the spirit of America.
It’s not about keeping people out. It’s about protecting the validity of our laws and our country.
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