COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 5, 2017 — People rarely show up uninvited on our doorsteps. When they do, they are usually friends or neighbors. Others, like police and postal workers, we recognize by their uniforms.
Yet others, like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Girl Scouts, we do not know personally, but they are instantly recognizable.
Everyone who comes to the door has a reason for it, but it’s our choice to let them in. Pushy salesmen don’t “get a foot in the door” without our permission, and the police must show a badge and a warrant. Someone who enters our house uninvited has no good purpose in mind.
Unpermitted entry is a trespass. Crossing the threshold without permission is breaking and entering.
It is exactly the same for our country.
Our country—every country—is the home of its citizens. No one not a citizen has the right to enter without our permission. The federal government is charged under the Constitution to manage entry on our behalf. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 gives Congress that power. The executive branch exercises that power through the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
As we allow entry into our homes, the federal government allows legal entry to our country on our behalf and for purposes of which we approve.
Some classes of foreigner are regularly allowed entry: diplomats, tourists, businesspeople and students for example. They show up at our national front door because they have a reason to do so; we admit them because we know who they are and we approve of their visit. Some we allow longer stays than others and some we may allow to become citizens.
In every case, it’s our choice.
Non-citizens have no right of entry. Their rights here are limited to those protected by the 14th Amendment. Our Constitutional rights are just that: ours, as citizens.
When someone tries to enter through the back door without permission, they have no good purpose in mind.
Loose immigration policies, like the ones we’ve had for the last eight years, invite lawlessness. The American people are pretty much fed up with it and voted accordingly in November.
People who advocate for “immigration rights” promote lawlessness. They have invented a whole vocabulary to disguise their intent: “undocumented immigrant” sounds a whole lot more benign than “illegal alien.”
President Trump’s January 27 executive order seeks simply to restore the rule of law to the immigration process. It recognizes that terrorists and others who wish to enter this country illegally and for no good purpose should not be allowed to enter. It seeks to separate the good actors from the bad; to separate the wheat from the chaff.
When liberal leftists say that it is an American value to be welcoming to foreigners, they tell the truth about the value but lie as to its application. Being welcoming does not mean letting anyone and everyone in the front door without knowing who they are. You wouldn’t put out the welcome mat and leave your front door wide open.
Those who profit from illegal immigration don’t care about the criminal and terrorist elements that enter and these people can be expected to oppose any effort to enforce our laws.
It is a fundamental American principle to be a nation of laws and apply those laws equally to all. The American people just gave a vote of no confidence to an administration that refused to put American interests first.
Let the lawbreakers beware; the people have hired a new sheriff, and he takes seriously his pledge to faithfully execute the law.