America is Compromised by Immigration Policies

Is America’s Decline Due to Immigration Acts?

America, a country of principles, independence and sovereignty has increasing poverty, crime, and violence. Is it in part a result of our immigration policy?

The United States of America was conceived to be free from control by any other country. We have a Constitution consisting of principles and rules. These principles are now being challenged when migrants flood our borders claiming no allegiance to our country, Constitution, customs, culture, language or values.

Foundation of Standards

The founders of these United States delegated the right to pass naturalization and immigration standards to Congress in Article I §8, Clause 4 of the Constitution. In 1790, Congress passed the Naturalization Act permitting individuals who proved good moral character to apply to a court of law, not a governmental agency, to become a United States citizen.

Once the court approved the application, the individual had to take an oath of allegiance to support the Constitution of the United States [1790 Naturalization Act, ch. 3, 1 Stat 103 (1790)]. This oath was then recorded by the Court. Children of the approved applicant under the age of 21 were also considered citizens of the United States. Congress focused on good moral character, roots in the United States, and a pledge of allegiance to support the United States Constitution.

Additional Acts

The next few Immigration Acts were passed by Congress to secure America’s borders, confirm an immigrant’s allegiance and loyalty, and protect American citizens from diseases and possible criminality. The 1795 Naturalization Act, the 1798 Naturalization Act, the 1798 Alien Enemies Act, and the 1798 Alien Friends Act focused on allegiance and loyalty to the United States of America.

Potential citizens were required to denounce previous loyalties and titles, pledge an oath of allegiance to the United States Constitution and commit their loyalty to the United States. The 1798 Alien Friends Act gave the President the power to deport any alien who he believed to be dangerous.

To protect the health of the American citizens from criminals, felons, and disease-carrying immigrants, Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1891 declaring that all idiots, insane people, paupers, people who were likely to commit a crime, those who have been convicted of a felony, diseased individuals, and anyone who committed a crime of moral turpitude were not allowed to immigrate to the United States.

Health and Safety Focus Lost

We were a country protecting and securing our border, intent on protecting the health and welfare of the American people. Health, safety, and security became secondary concerns when Congress chose to base admission of immigrants to the United States on quotas in the 1924 National Origins Quota Act.

Congress went even further afield when immigrant family reunification became the preference category for immigration in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA). Thereafter, the Immigration Act of 1965 permitted flooding of refugees into the United States without any cap for the number of refugees that could be admitted.

Governmental Agencies Instead of Congress

The ability to control and monitor immigration was significantly impacted when immigration rules, enforcement and monitoring were substantially transferred to various governmental agencies that were not, and are still not, directly reportable to the American people.

In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was supposed to control immigration by imposing sanctions on U.S. employers who knowingly employed illegal aliens. However, the power to control the flow of immigration and the status of illegal aliens was transferred into the hands of governmental agencies.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service was entrusted with the power to enforce immigration laws, restrict and control the entry of migrants, oversee inspections at all ports of entry, provide benefits, administer naturalization and permanent residence status procedures, grant asylum, patrol the borders of the U.S., and remove all illegal aliens. A government agency now was in control of the United States Immigration Policy and susceptible to the stagnation, red tape, and top down internal policy controls.

Congress Avoiding Responsibility

Congress has divested from the original intention of our Constitution’s immigration policy and has renounced its responsibility and obligation. The immigration policy and enforcement has diverged from the original intention of America First objectives including protecting America’s security, safety, health, culture and jobs.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 set three preference categories for immigration: (1) the immigrant’s family, (2) the immigrant’s employment, and (3) the diversity of the immigrant. There was no mention of America’s security, safety, health, culture, and jobs.

In 2002, using the tragedy of September 11 2001, the USA Patriot Act, the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act further expanded the power of governmental agencies to monitor and surveille in the name of security. However, the power granted through these acts was not specifically directed towards immigrants or immigration policy. Instead, the powers granted under these acts can be used against the American people to monitor and monetize their data.

Americans First

Therefore, in the name of immigration, Congress has enacted policies that have likely contributed to the decline of America and subjugated Americans to the whims of mega corporations to monitor and monetize the data collected from Americans.

In an attempt to stop the continual decline associated with our horrific immigration policies, President Trump has emphatically stated, (1) “the most important aspect of immigration reform is keeping America safe... Illegal drugs, weapons, terrorists, and criminal gangs are pouring into the United States through our unsecured border. (2) The second aspect is preventing the potential spread of infectious diseases being brought to the United States. For example, the spread of the Zika virus from South America and the H1N1 or swine flu outbreak from several years ago were in part spread by immigration. (3) The third reason that border control is necessary is to deter the influx of another country’s ne’er-do-wells. Many people coming across America’s southern border are in need of welfare services. This is a strain on limited public resources like medical services, schools, and yes, the criminal justice system.”

This is a call to reform our immigration policies to protect America, our way of life, our safety, our security, our health, and our culture. #AmericaFirst.

Charley Christiansen / Guest Contributor
Charley Christiansen is an international tax attorney, speaker at international tax seminars, technical writer and continuing legal education presenter.
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