We spend so much time looking at the way politicians talk about immigration or the outrageous way the media selectively covers the situation at the border, that we may have forgotten to stop and ask ourselves: what do we, the people, think about immigration?
Remember, the government works for us, and so does the media. At least…in theory. With November midterm elections looming on the horizons, however, we are reminded more than ever just how desperate both Republicans and Democrats are to keep their poll numbers high and their rhetoric attractive to voters.
Actually getting things done in Washington sometimes seems pretty far down on the list from posturing about what one wants to get done.
Over the last few weeks, the nation has been bitterly divided over the attention the media has given to the policy of separating children from their parents at the border, largely owing to the fact–let’s be real–that no one likes the idea of small children being detained separately from their parents, if detained at all.
But the unpleasant fact remains that these aren’t just regular people, these are people who have illegally crossed the border of a sovereign nation that is enforced by a federal agency, and, no matter how many people advocate for this, we simply can’t just allow our border to become so weak that we don’t take legal action when someone is cross disregarding our laws.
Perhaps one of the reasons this issue has been so incredibly divisive is that, as a new CBS poll reveals, pretty much half of all Americans are in favor of sending families who cross the border together home.
The Daily Wire reports:
A new CBS News poll conducted on June 21-22 found that nearly half of Americans surveyed agreed that if a family crossed into the United States illegally, the entire family should be sent back to their native country.
[When] the voters were asked what should be done with families that wanted to enter the United States illegally, the rubber hit the road. 4% of respondents said to arrest the parents and keep the children in a separate detention center; 11% said to arrest the parents but keep the families together in the detention center; 21% said to release the families temporarily and require that they report for a hearing later, but a whopping 48% agreed that the entire family should be released but sent back to their native country.
This is what we often refer to as “the silent majority”. While the media use deceptive language to downplay the fact that these “migrants” are “undocumented”, almost half of Americans see what they hope we don’t: a very simple solution is to keep the families together–on the other side of the border.
What the left doesn’t consider is that just because a person, or even a large group of people, is suffering, doesn’t mean that we can suspend our laws to accommodate them. If we did that, it would (further) expose us to crime and lawlessness that wouldn’t benefit anyone, especially those crossing the border.
It really shouldn’t be that difficult to enforce the law and keep families together, should it?