How Many More?

October 27, 2021 Updated: October 31, 2021

Commentary

“They’re coming to America.” — Neil Diamond

The numbers are staggering. Should we call them invaders instead of migrants, since that word better describes the hordes of humanity coming across what used to be our southern border, a border that has been effectively erased? In March, the COVID-19 positivity rate for those breaching our border was about 6 percent. Many of these people can’t speak English and have few job skills other than manual labor. Recently, a convicted sex offender was one of 35 people arrested in Texas for entering the country illegally. An Afghan evacuee has been charged with raping a woman in Missoula, Montana. This is beyond a crisis; we are now experiencing a disaster.

The overwhelmed Border Patrol reported nearly 200,000 encounters with illegal immigrants in July alone. It was the highest monthly total in more than two decades. This doesn’t include the “gotaways,” which some estimate could be as many as 400,000. According to the Brookings Institute, the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States as of 2019 ranged from 10.5 million to 12 million, or about 3.2 percent to 3.6 percent of the population. The numbers have grown considerably since then.

And many more are coming.

Why should they stop when coyotes and other traffickers promise free stuff courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer? On Oct. 23, as many as 4,000 illegal immigrants broke through a clearly ineffective Mexican National Guard roadblock in Tapachula, Mexico. They were on their way to Mexico City. The United States was their final destination. I’d like to know who is paying for their transportation, food, and signs written in both Spanish and English for the TV cameras? Some signs praise President Joe Biden. No longer limited to citizens of Latin countries, the latest wave includes Haitians.

We’ve heard promises by former President Barack Obama and Biden about their pledge to “fundamentally transform America.” Is this what they meant? Why don’t they tell us what their new America will look like and then put it to voters in the next two elections to see if they agree?

The image of illegal immigrants recently flown in the dead of night from Texas to Westchester, New York, and Jacksonville, Florida, doesn’t speak well of the administration’s motivation. It reminds me of the Baltimore Colts football team sneaking out of that city for Indianapolis some years ago because they wanted to avoid the bad publicity some apparently thought the move would bring to management. As the Bible says, “Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.” (John 3:19)

If those tearing down statues, rewriting or spinning history to fit contemporary political goals, and treating parents of children in public schools as the enemy have the ruining of the America most of us love as their objective—even with flaws we have worked hard to fix—they are well on their way to a nefarious victory.

None of this would likely have occurred had the Biden administration not been so spiteful about President Donald Trump that it refused to finish the border wall. We could have slowed the flow of illegal immigrants and directed them to areas where their asylum claims could be properly assessed.

America is fragile. Its values must be renewed by every generation, or we risk losing them. What’s happening at what used to be our southern border is a scandal and a disgrace. Administration officials need to enforce the laws they took an oath to uphold.

The next election can’t come soon enough, but if the flow continues at the current or a greater pace, it may be too late to reverse the harm done.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Cal Thomas
John Calvin Thomas has been a syndicated columnist, author, and radio commentator for more than 35 years. His latest book is “America's Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers and the Future of the United States.”