Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy spoke out this week to say that we can’t reform immigration policy in the United States until the crisis at the border is broadly addressed and contained.
“There is a broad consensus, and where there is consensus there should be a solution,” Gowdy said on his Fox News show. “And yet, nothing happens because the will of the people never translates into legislative action.”
“It is almost as if the political advantage some elected officials perceive and having this debate year after year outweighs the desire of the people to have reasonable logical finality,” he continued.
Gowdy added that while seek temporary and impulsive solutions to the complicated issue of immigration, he is hoping for “something that can last longer than one executive order to the next, longer than one election cycle to the next.”
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“Most Americans believe a sovereign country should have border security because a sovereign country is entitled to know who is coming into the country and going out,” Gowdy said. “Yes, it’s national security. Yes, it makes economic sense. But even more fundamentally, a country has a right to meaningful borders and to have those borders respected and honored.”
“We are not a planet of nomads,” he continued. “Vice President Kamala Harris, way too late and without a whole lot of conviction, finally said don’t come. That’s hardly provocative to tell people not to make a dangerous trip armed with nothing but false hope. It is not provocative to tell people to stop trusting coyotes or cartel members…so where are we?”
Gowdy went on to say that a secure border and security in the U.S. visa programs would enable movement “to the next logical stage, which is providing legal status for those who were brought here as children before the age of legal accountability.”
“You might even see movement among those who are here now unlawfully but who have otherwise followed our laws,” he explained. “And then you would see further movement toward the legal immigration system which smartly balances economic reality with our commitment to family as the foundation of society.”
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However, Gowdy believes that Joe Biden and his administration have yet to face the music.
“We do not have border security,” he said. “So there will be no movement until that indispensable prerequisite is met. In fact, not only do we not have border security, law enforcement believes we may actually be headed in the opposite and wrong direction.”
“We have seen reporting on men showing up at the southern border with criminal histories including sexually assaulting children, producing an increase in certain drugs crossing the border just as we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of the opioid struggle,” Gowdy continued.
“Border security is not only a country’s right,” he concluded. “It is your right to know who and what is coming and going from this sovereign nation so we can keep it safe.”
This piece was written by James Samson on June 25, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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