A nation that can’t control its borders has no immigration policy.

Governor Rick Perry has called out the Texas National Guard to be what he calls a “force multiplier” on the southern border. The governor says that U.S. Customs & Border Protection personnel are so busy attending the thousands of unaccompanied minor children now flooding the Texas-Mexico border that they have no capacity to actually protect anything.

Of course, the Obama administration is sharply critical of Governor Perry. The White House says that national guard troops are no substitute for “comprehensive immigration reform.”

The problem with “comprehensive immigration reform” is that there is widespread and entirely justified concern that such reform will do everything except that which absolutely must be done—which is to say, secure the border.

A nation that can’t control its borders has no immigration policy no matter what laws it passes. A nation that doesn’t know who is coming in, from where and in what numbers has forfeited its sovereignty.

The problem with immigration policy – even if the policy is to effectively have no policy – is that its results are irreversible. Great Britain and France allowed so many millions of Muslim immigrants to enter their countries as to fundamentally and permanently change British and French culture. That both countries now largely regret such policies is too little too late.

Because the results of immigration policy are irreversible, any such policy must begin with secure borders.

On that there can be no compromise.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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4 Responses

  1. Fran. Hall says:

    Suggestion for our immigration policy: Adopt the individual immigration policy of each country from which the person wishes to leave. If we can’t own property in that country, neither should we allow an immigrant to own property in our country; if only people with sponsors and jobs waiting can enter their country, then they should have sponsors and jobs waiting in this country. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    This will never happen, so I dream on.

  2. Linda E. Montrose says:

    This is a problem that has gone on for far too many years, so much so it has become ingrained and almost impossible to fix. Politicians use this for leverage in the polls and when they get what they want, forget their promise to fix this problem. If we would just start firing those who continually break their promises to us, maybe they would get the message that we are not going to tolerate them putting OUR freedom at risk just so they can stay in office. Politicians need to understand that they are WORKING FOR US…not we, the people working for them! Every illegal and their offspring, no matter if they were born here or not, needs to be sent back and made to stay in their own country! They have a fine country down there and if they put as much effort into taking THEIR OWN country back as they do trying to take over ours, we would not be discussing this! The brunt of the problem is on the shoulders of the politicians though and their GREED!

  3. pk says:

    A nation that has not the control of its own borders is not a nation.
    ( who knows where it is?).

  4. chris dormn says:

    too bad no one in Washington cares about AMERICA anymore – from Obama to congress to the cabinet nothing but lies and inaction or detrimental action is seen and felt – THANK YOU governor Perry for taking action by sending national guard to boost the border patrol and for doing what you can to stop the endless flow of ILLEGAL and by ILLEGAL I mean CRIMINALS to AMERICA – now is the time to SUE the president and congress for reimbursement of every dime TEXAS spends to take care of these criminals and to STOP their entry in to AMERICA and STOP all assistance to the illegals already here – no more free medical, free food, free shelter, free everything for
    starters and then begin rounding up these “children” and send them back to their home country or dump them in MEXICO and STOP all aid to their home countries AND to MEXICO who has allowed them to come across that country to get here = put that money in the VETERAN’S fund to directly benefit the veterans or in social security for those and only those who have worked for 40 quarters and paid in to social security – if you did not pay in then you get no money or anything else

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