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The propaganda machines (mainstream media) and indoctrination institutions (schools and leftist activist groups) have been spreading a false narrative for decades. They want opposition to illegal immigration to become tantamount with opposition to immigrants. This is so far from the truth for most conservatives, but there’s a problem we’re facing in opposing this notion. Some who claim to be conservatives have embodied the tenets that leftists try to paint on all of us.
I am a legal immigrant. I am one of many conservatives who believe if we dramatically reduce the flow of illegal immigrants into the country, we can systematically creak open the doors to allow more legal immigration. As President Trump often says, we need them. We need the best that other countries have to offer. We make a huge mistake by educating health, tech, and engineering professionals, then sending them back to their original nations to utilize their talents.
But none of this is possible as long as people come to and/or stay in our nation illegally. The recognized number of illegal immigrants currently in the country is 11 million, but as many experts point out, this has been the number for a long time despite reports that the flow of illegal immigrants has increased. We’re not deporting fast enough to maintain the 11 million number for years, so with estimates as high as 30 million, let’s put the actual number somewhere in the middle.
If there are 20 million illegal immigrants in the nation, that accounts for a huge part of the population that is receiving benefits through taxpayer dollars without contributing any of their own dollars. It’s indefensible even in the most generous socialist utopia.
We need immigrants. But those who come across the border illegally or overstay their visas are not immigrants. The whole purpose of immigration is to expand our culture, increase our productivity, and build a stronger society. Immigrants help us achieve these goals. Illegal immigrants hamper our efforts.
Much has been talked lately about the term “nationalism.” In its true form, nationalism is a great thing. It’s what helped us win WWI and WWII. It’s that pride in American exceptionalism that turned our young nation into the greatest beacon of hope and prosperity the world has ever known. As leftists often say, our nation was built by immigrants, and they are correct. However, it is through legal immigration that prosperity and exceptionalism can continue. Illegal immigration represents one of the greatest threats to this hope.
The bigots who claim the mantle of nationalism are false. Their visions of white nationalism is the opposite of what true American nationalism represents. The pride of being an American is one that can and should be shared with the people of the world who truly want to be part of our nation, share in our traditions, assimilate to our culture, and add to it by including their own.
There was a time when immigration was represented by a group of people holding up their right hands and stating their oath of allegiance. Today, leftist mainstream media has painted the image of pregnant mothers climbing border fences as the new representation of immigration. This mockery of the system is one of the reasons we have thousands of migrants suffering at the border as we speak. They were told lies and promised things that cannot and should not be delivered.
But it isn’t just the left that’s making a mess of the system. White nationalists who claim our sovereignty is tied to race have defaced the very laws that hold our nation together. They share the blame for every battle we lose in the fight against illegal immigration by polarizing people away from common sense. By attempting to share the conservative mantle on the topic of immigration, they associate their bigotry against all immigrants with those of us who actually embrace legal immigration.
The nationalism promoted by most conservatives is not the same as the white nationalism promoted by hate groups. To claim they’re the same is like claiming opposition to fascism is the same as the ideology of intimidation and violence employed by Antifa.
Legal immigration is a part of American nationalism in its truest form. Both illegal immigration and white nationalism pervert the tenets of our sovereignty and the rule of law that make true nationalism possible.
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