Tone Down Moral Outrage On Immigration

By Daily News-Record

It will be hard for some people to hear, but much of the outcry over immigration policy is misplaced and overlooks legitimate government concerns.

Separation of children from parents or extended family by immigration officials is certainly a hardship, but it is often necessary. Children are not always traveling with their parents. Unlike children separated from incarcerated parents, no arrangements can be made in advance by immigration officials with limited resources and an unpredictable population flow.

Immigration officials and government agencies are faced with verifying family relationships to present in court and operate under strict law for the protection of minors.

Aliens traveling to the United States without documentation contract with private guides to illegally cross the border. Guides may have additional motives beyond profit making from transportation, such as sex trafficking, labor trafficking, holding children and adults as hostages for additional payment and extortion, exorbitant charges for housing arrangements and follow-on transportation. Immigration officials release very little information about detained individuals because it would allow traffickers to track their targets in the system. Immigration advocates minimize these real dangers.

Is open border policy morally neutral? Does lenient immigration policy encourage people to expose themselves to the dangers of being trafficked, exploited, criminal activity, gangs, and extreme physical risks they might not otherwise do? Is family left behind more vulnerable as a result of the stronger, more physically capable family members who leave? What moral compromises do illegal, undocumented immigrants face once they reach the United States? Use falsified documents? Lie about their family relationships? Lie to attain refugee or asylum status? Illegal immigrants will face many potential moral compromises.

More importantly, does advocacy of open borders affect decision-making by leaders of foreign governments, violent gangs, and drug trafficking cartels? It is in their interest to create refugees and illegal immigrants to increase their power or criminal enterprise. If more vulnerable people are left behind by migration, they have a captive labor force. Large migration streams combined with internal coercion reduce outside governments’ interference with its policies and distract humanitarian groups with local community crises. Displacement of national populations also helps a coercive government diffuse and reduce organized opposition.

Churches with missions in Central America and Mexico often remain silent against traffickers out of fear that their organizations and personnel in country are vulnerable. Unfortunately, churches are also often silent on moral and family issues caused by illegal immigration or part of the culture brought by illegal immigrants.

The migration process should be evaluated from beginning to end with causes and secondary effects of policy taken into consideration. Let’s tone down the public moral outrage and work together on effective immigration policies that foster public safety.

This article provided by NewsEdge.