The United States of America, and the federal government established to govern it, have a single, focused purpose: to provide for “ourselves”—the People of the United States—and our posterity!
That purpose could not be stated more clearly than in the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Neither the country nor its government were established to provide these great benefits—which are extremely rare in the history of nations—to Russians, Chinese, Mexicans, or Pakistanis. It is true that many citizens of other countries suffer greatly because their own governments do not provide those benefits. It is true that millions, possibly hundreds of millions, would flock to America to claim those benefits if they could. In fact, millions have—some legally but many millions illegally due to the negligence of the federal government.
Illegal immigrants living in the United States—who are neither the “People of the United States” nor their “posterity”— sometimes demand constitutional rights when, in fact, there is utterly no constitutional basis for that claim. Even worse, some retain primary loyalty and cultural affinity to nations that are not The United States of America. This is contradictory to the most basic concept of a nation—a society united by an intense loyalty to common values—in America’s case, “to the Republic…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
In making decisions about what is right or wrong for our country, it is clear that there has been confusion of values. Because the values we hold determine the choices we make, confused values result in confused, and often contradictory, choices. What key values should underlie all decisions regarding national policy? Those values are unequivocally stated in the Preamble. We should ask: Is this federal action, is this law or regulation, good for not only the people of the United States but also, and perhaps even more importantly, for their posterity? It is a litmus test that would reveal how acidic many laws really are—for example the whole host of laws that will leave a crushing debt on our “posterity.”
The purpose of the Constitution is not to provide for the tranquility, defense and general welfare of citizens of other countries—even if they are residing in the United States. Admittedly the dismal failure of the federal government to defend our borders has been a de facto invitation to non-citizens to sneak into the country. They are in the country with our government’s tacit approval. We may choose to provide a path to citizenship and some benefits for them. But they certainly do not have a constitutional right to either reside here or to enjoy the full rights of citizens.
One extreme danger is that our open borders are not only an invitation to illegal immigrants, they are also a pipeline for illegal drugs and criminals—which daily bring heartbreak and disaster to the homes and posterity of America. Certainly the drug cartels, and those who are their accomplices, do not want the borders closed. Can you be in favor of porous borders without being on the side of drug traffickers?
If the federal government ever closes our borders, then will be the time to discuss how to treat those millions who have come here illegally. To restate what everyone knows: any privilege granted to illegal immigrants before border closure is merely a stronger incentive for more illegal immigrants to enter—coming to join a growing community of those who are not We the People of the United States and their posterity. It is no argument to relate how pitiful would be the lives of millions of illegal immigrants were they to be denied the privilege of living as citizens of the United States because that argument applies equally to hundreds of millions of people. Were they all permitted to come here, they would obviously destroy our country’s ability to provide either for them or “We the People.” The fact that so many have entered illegally should not give them a special claim upon our compassion and preference over so many, perhaps better qualified, who are eagerly waiting to enter legally and to follow a prescribed path to citizenship.
Unless we remember the definition of what constitutes this nation, and for whom the Constitution was intended, we will cease to be a nation.