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Will the Immigration Debate Spark the Next Civil War?

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I have thought long and hard about writing this article, simply because the subject matter is one that has been a love and hate topic for decades if not centuries. Many grand individuals can say that their ancestors walked the land for hundreds of years before the arrival of the white man.  Some Americans can revel in the knowledge that their families have been here since the Mayflower reached the shoreline of this great nation.  Some of us can say that our “American” tree started in the mid-seventeen hundreds while there are those that can only claim ownership for just 1 or 2 generations.

Modern immigration is nothing like the way it used to be done in 1892 when Ellis Island became the sole port of entry into America.  It remained this way for over sixty years until 1954, and those coming into our country were doing so with a desire to assimilate and become “Americans”.  They shared a simple dream shared by millions and realized by many who worked hard to make that dream come true.  Prior to 1892, those who made their way to our shores became part of history, when the “Americans” told King George that we had had enough of his tyranny and wished to no longer be under British rule.

This brief outline of history gives an affirmative nod to the comment that “America is a nation of immigrants”, but we were formed as a nation of “legal” immigrants.  Immigrants who wanted to help build our nation, not drain its’ resources dry, which is but one facet of where America is now with illegal immigrants coming into this country in violation of our laws.  The other facet of immigration is that which the President can control under, 8 USC 1182, by restricting or stopping immigration of individuals whom he or she feels pose a danger to the security of our country.  Congress enacted this law and gave this power to the President and it is part of the oath of office spoken in front of all America.  This particular law was not written to allow the judiciary oversight in Presidential decisions, and this order has been used on previous occasions for a particular “group” of people, which can be simply defined by the country of their origin.

In 1798 during the war with France, President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Act which allowed the President to imprison or deport aliens considered as “dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States”.  (FDR would use this same act after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.)  In 1882, President Chester A. Arthur signed the “Chinese Exclusion Law” which prohibited the immigration of Chinese laborers.  This act, which was written by Congress and signed by the President proved to be a very important test on the powers of the Federal Government to restrict immigration into America.  The Supreme Court upheld it in the case of Chae Chan Ping v. US, and the opinion of the court was delivered by Justice Stephen J. Field.  Justice Field wrote the following: “The power of the government to exclude foreigners from the country whenever, in its judgment, the public interests require such exclusion, has been asserted in repeated instances, and never denied by the executive or legislative departments.”

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the “Immigration Act of 1917” which Congress overrode.  This act barred “homosexuals”, “idiots”, Criminals”, “insane persons”, “feeble-minded persons”, “alcoholics”, “epileptics”, “professional beggars”, all persons “physically or mentally defective”, “anarchists” and “polygamists” and barred all immigration from India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

During WWII, FDR signed Presidential Proclamations 2525, 2526 and 2527, using the Alien and Sedition Act as his guideline to bar entry of Japanese, Germans, and Italians, in that order.

Jimmy Carter banned the entry of individuals from Iran during the Iranian hostage crisis in the 1970’s.

George H., Bill Clinton and George W., have all used 8 USC 1182 as well as Barrack Obama in 2014.

Yet as history shows, no one really “objected” to their use as they have towards President Donald J. Trump.  So what does all of this history show us, it shows us the depth of the hatred held by those on the left and those whom they easily sway with falsehoods and outright lies.  It shows us that this segment of the population doesn’t care about the rule of law or the will of the people and that they will go to the ends of the earth to force their will on American citizens who think differently.

Immigration into America is not a right; it is a privilege and one that can be controlled by Congress and/or the President.  And that thing called the 14th Amendment, it wasn’t written so pregnant non-citizens can jump our borders; give birth to a national from their country of origin and suck our resources dry.  It was written to give citizen recognition to the salves and their children and really does need to be challenged in court as to birthright citizenship when it comes to foreigners illegally on our soil.

As far as our Constitutional rights being afforded to those here illegally or not yet on our soils, the Supreme Court in their vast wasteland of Constitutional understanding and authoritative expertise have ruled that once on the soil of the United States, you are covered by those right afforded actual citizens.  Those same rights are not afforded to those who are not yet here as the 9th Circus Court of Appeals would have us believe, which by the way really doesn’t have any standing to do what they did.  This rogue liberal judge is handing down a ruling based on emotion, void of any legal standing and when challenged in the full Supreme Court will more than likely be made valid.  Again read 8 USC 1182 for a better understanding of the power concerning immigration given to the President by the Congress.

So back to my original premise for this article: “Will the immigration Debate Spark the Next Civil War?”  The answer to this question is “I hope not” but is a possible “yes” but will not be the entire spark.  Over-reach of government, the entrenched establishment on both sides of the isle, will also aid in igniting the spark.  The left will go to undetermined extremes to hold on to the power that was taken away by the people.  If you think that I am making things up look at Hollywood and the recent Grammy Awards where calls for obstructing this President were voiced by many who make their living off of the people, just saying’.  To have true and full understanding of the government structure the founding fathers designed and how they intended for each to act, you have to read their writings known as the “Federalist Papers”.  These articles and essays were written between October 1787 and August 1788 and I would encourage anyone reading this article to spend some time with them.

So the moral of this story is simple; if you support our current President in his endeavor to protect our national borders, get ready to take on those who can only be described as low information voters, void of any actual knowledge as to the rule of law.  Stand ready to fight ignorance with truth and facts and do not waver in that ability.  Any parent will tell you that when you take away the prize from a spoiled child, there is hell to pay and an adjustment period for all.  The big question is “are you willing to fight for your conservative values?   Just remember that all is not lost.

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Keith Mumaw

Retired Reserve Peace Officer; Oath Keeper and urban farmer

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