Letter to the Editor

Who caused the immigration crisis? Who should pay?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

In last week’s Dickinson County News the author of a Letter to The Editor complained that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds should welcome all the illegal immigrants with open arms. I am happy the governor did not jump at the chance to subsidize the housing, food, medical care and education for an unknown number of persons to be paid by Iowa taxpayers.

The humanitarian crisis at the U.S.—Mexico border was caused by President Biden by his actions his first day in office:

• Biden stopped construction of the southern border wall — 450 miles had already been constructed. Much of the material and construction costs for the unfinished portions of the wall had already been paid.

• Biden reinstated the failed Obama-era catch-and-release policy. When illegals were caught during the Trump administration the illegals were sent back. Now under Biden, illegals are released into the United States — most are not given a future hearing date. History shows most of these illegals disappear into the United States.

• Biden cancelled the “northern triangle” deal (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) made by President Trump that required asylum seekers to stay in their home country in order to seek asylum.

• Biden ended the “Remain in Mexico” policy that Trump had negotiated with the Mexican government. This means illegal migrants can come into the United States without waiting in Mexico. As a result, they flood across the border making any kind of control impossible.

These four Trump policies were so effective they resulted in a massive drop in illegal immigration—so much so that in 2020, the United States experienced the lowest level of illegal immigration in 45 years. Now, because of Joe Biden's policies, we have the highest rate of illegal immigration in 20 years.

President Biden and Vice-President Harris are so afraid of the southern border crisis they refuse to go anywhere close to the border, They do not even want to talk about the border crisis they have created. To fix the border problem, they would have to admit President Trump had the right border policies. The national news media is all too willing to sweep the border problem under the rug.

Many people believe illegal immigrants have the right to asylum if they ever place one foot in the United States. This is not true. In order to be granted U.S. asylum, a person must show they are being politically persecuted in their home country. Economic hardship and general crime cannot be used to justify U.S. asylum. If we are in fact such a racist country, it is a mystery why so many people want to come to the United States.

One might think the Democrats feel sorry for these people who want to immigrate to the United States. I believe the real Democratic motivation is to create more Democratic voters, since the American people will not support their policies when the policies are fully explained. Their goal is to create a large block of voters who are dependent on the United States government for their housing, food, medical care and education; and therefore, support Democratic candidates.

There are more than five billion people in the world. The United States does not have the resources to solve the economic problems for everyone in the world. The U.S. government's purpose is take care of its existing citizens. Too many Americans, including veterans, are sleeping in the streets.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji