Immigration is not a right

Immigration is not a right

Who do you let into your home?

These days people usually reach us via the telephone, or email, or even by letter. Almost no one shows up on our doorstep.

When someone does, we almost always know who they are: friends or neighbors who we recognize; tradesmen who we have invited to our home to do work for us. We recognize officials like police and postal workers by their uniforms.

Some, like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Girl Scouts, we do not know personally, but they are instantly recognizable.

Everyone who comes to the door has a reason for doing so—but it’s our choice who we let in. We don’t let a pushy salesman “get a foot in the door” and the police need to show a badge or a warrant. Unpermitted entry is a trespass; crossing someone’s threshold without permission is “breaking and entering.”

Indeed, when someone does enter our house uninvited, they have no good purpose in mind.

When the home is a mansion, the owners appoint an employee to manage entry on their behalf, using rules they have devised. We often tell our children not to answer the door when they are alone because children, lacking adult reasoning and strength are more easily fooled and overcome.

It is exactly the same for our country.

Our country—every country—is the home of its citizens. No one who is not a citizen has any right to enter without our permission. We appoint the federal government under the Constitution to manage entry on our behalf. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 gives Congress that power. The executive branch exercises that power through the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Just as the butler is deputized to allow entry to the mansion, the federal government allows legal entry to our country on our behalf and for purposes of which we approve.

Just as in our own home, certain classes of foreigners are allowed entry—diplomats, tourists, businesspeople, an students for example. They show up at our national front door because they have a reason to do so; we admit them because we know who they are and we approve of their visit. Some we allow longer stays than others and some we may allow to become citizens.

In every case, it’s our choice.

Non-citizens have no right of entry. In fact, non-citizens have no rights except those we choose to give them—and then only for as long as we choose. Our Constitutional rights are just that: ours. As citizens.

When someone tries to enter through the back door without permission, they have no good purpose in mind.

Loose immigration policies, like the ones we’ve had for the last eight years, invite lawlessness. The American people—the citizens of this country—are pretty much fed up with it and voted accordingly in November.

People who advocate for “immigration rights” promote lawlessness. They have invented a whole vocabulary to disguise their intent: “undocumented immigrants” sounds a whole lot more benign than “illegal alien.”

The president’s January 27th Executive Order seeks simply to restore the rule of law to the immigration process. It recognizes that terrorists and others who wish to enter this country illegally and for no good purpose should not be allowed to enter. It seeks to separate the good actors from the bad; to separate the wheat from the chaff.

When liberal leftists say that it is an American value to be welcoming to foreigners, they tell the truth about the value but lie as to its application. Being welcoming does not mean letting anyone and everyone in the front door without knowing who they are. You wouldn’t put out the welcome mat and leave your front door wide open.

Those who profit from illegal immigration don’t care about the criminal and terrorist elements that enter and these people can be expected to oppose any effort to enforce our laws.

It is a fundamental American principle to be a nation of laws and apply those laws equally to all. The American people just gave a vote of no confidence to an administration that refused to put American interests first.

Let the lawbreakers beware: the people have hired a new sheriff and he takes seriously his pledge to faithfully execute the law.