February 20, 2014

FULTZ: U.S. isn't enforcing its immigration system

By Jack Fultz Guest columnist

---- — The subject of illegal immigration is one that keeps coming up. Most everybody from local letter writers to the president of the United States (questionably legal himself), propose that our immigration system is broken and must be fixed, reformed, and some say, completely eliminated.

Many claim that 11 million-plus that are estimated to be in the U.S. presently came here only to seek a better life for their families. In fact, many entered illegally with bundles of drugs on their backs or are involved with the distribution of those drugs. Many have made large sums of money assisting other illegals to assimilate into the population of immigrants who have come to the U.S. legally.

This writing has nothing to do with those legal immigrants. The U.S. welcomes thousands and thousands of legal immigrants yearly. This writing only addresses the assumption that our immigration system is broken. It is not broken. It is only not enforced. Millions of dollars have been appropriated to build more fencing along our southern border, attempting to funnel those wanting to immigrate through the proper channels.

What happened to that money? It didn’t get spent on fencing. System is not broken, it’s only not enforced. Money was appropriated to add at least 2,000 more border enforcement agents. But, those agents were thought to be more effective someplace other than the border. Where? System is not broken, it’s only not enforced.

Millions of illegals had been arrested and were being held awaiting deportation to their home countries. But an order came down from on high to release those illegals and for ICE agents to stop arresting any more immigrants found to be here illegally. In other words, Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents were told to “Stop doing their jobs.” System is not broken, it’s only not enforced.

Before I reach my word limit, I want to address the children of illegal immigrants, who, through no fault of their own, were brought to the U.S. illegally. Many of these students are brilliant, as pointed out by Emily Graham in her letter. I feel for these students, also. I feel for those whose parent(s) were arrested and deported, but decided to leave their children here to fend for themselves. But, it should not be for me and the other taxpaying citizens of the U.S. to support these students. We did not facilitate these children being here illegally. Their parents, other relatives, and in some cases, human smugglers, brought them here.

When I married and brought my wife to the U.S. from the Netherlands, before she could get her green card, she had to list her sponsor(s) who would support her in case I died and swear that she would not become a burden on society. The system is not broken, it is just not enforced.

Emily supports “a fair and inclusive road map to citizenship.” It is already there. Apply for and be granted a green card. Study for, pay for, apply for and receive naturalization citizenship. Five steps. They are not easy or quick steps, but nothing worth having ever is.

The system is not broken, it’s only not enforced.

Jack Fultz is a Logansport resident.