The Dark Side of Open Borders and Illegal Immigration

US Border Patrol officer at work beside US/Mexican border. Robert E Daemmrich/Getty Images

Establishment Republicans have become so worried about losing Hispanic votes that they are afraid to confront the illegal immigration epidemic head-on. Yes, the media and the left will drop the "racist" charge on anyone who favors enforcing the US-Mexican border to prevent thousands upon thousands of people from crossing the border illegally. We get inundated with tear-jerker exposes on the so-called "dreamers." These are the illegal immigrants who are portrayed as having been brought across the border at a young age and grew up as Americans and want nothing more than to be good Americans.

The way the debate has been framed by the leftist media for years has made the GOP afraid to tackle the subject. The line between illegal and legal immigration has been blurred, if not completely eliminated. Tired lines about how "the nation was built on immigration" are deployed time and again. This understandably left the fully non-persuasive and inept Republicans to jump on the pander-mobile as their desire to hold onto power meant left them abandoning doing what is right. The country is now paying the price.

And while those tug-at-your-heart stories are beloved media features that have undoubtedly shifted the polls towards legalization over the years, the reality of the problems illegal immigration causes can no longer be ignored. Shouldn't we know who is and who is not in the country legally? Here is just one week of illegal immigration stories:

La Grulla, Texas - A member of the "hyper-violent gang" MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) and several other illegal immigrants, possibly recruits, were found during a traffic stop.

Apparently this was the third time the gang-member had been caught illegally on US soil and deported. MS-13 is considered one of the most violent gangs and has been recruiting teenagers, in competition with the drug cartels, who are crossing the border.

Mesa, Arizona - After a police officer was killed in a head-on collision with an illegal immigrant with a .24% blood alcohol content - he was driving the wrong way on the freeway - the officer's mother penned a letter to President Obama.

She noted that the man who killed her son "was in this country illegally, convicted of previous crimes, no Social Security number, no valid driver's license BUT he had purchased a vehicle and registered it to drive in Maricopa County Arizona."

Parker County, Texas - A four-time deportee was arrested for allegedly breaking into a neighbors home and molesting a young girl. After being caught and deported in 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2010, his family members say that he re-entered the country roughly 30 days before the incident for a 5th time, riding in on the wave of "undocumented children."

Washington, D.C. - As the crisis continued to unfold, Congressional Democrats went further and announced that we cannot build a wall and that America's "doors are open," that taxpayers were on the hook for the "health, safety, and educational needs" of these illegal immigrants and that they were entitled to taxpayer-funded legal representation.

Lubbock, Texas - An illegal alien who was set free just last month as part of the Obama administration's catch-and-release policies was arrested for allegedly bludgeoning his girlfriend to death.

Mission, Texas - Another tragic side effect of elements within the US encouraging illegal alien crossings is the number of casualties.

A report noted that many attempts to cross the Rio Grande have failed as illegal immigrants "don’t make it across the river; multiple sources became emotional when recounting their discoveries of small, lifeless bodies washed up along the riverbank." A Guatemalan teenager recently died in the Texas desert.

El Paso, Texas - The pro-illegal crowd has tried to argue that those crossing the border are doing so to escape violence in Central America and should be considered refugees. But a government report, with DEA and Homeland Security input, found that over 95% of those illegals surveyed on why they crossed revealed that it was believed that unaccompanied minors and non-Mexican women would be given passes, not because they were escaping violence.

According to Gallup, illegal immigration is now the "most important problem" facing the United States today.

The problem barely registered in a tie for 10th place at the beginning of 2014. The problems with illegal immigration go beyond just those listed here. This is but a snapshot of a week of stories. The short and long-term costs associated with illegal immigration are worrisome. Obama sought nearly $4 billion dollars to "handle" the crisis that his administration effectively created by contracting out escort services for those crossing the border. The high costs for housing and educating, as well as taking care of the health needs is also a major problem, especially for a government that is still running yearly deficits in excess of $550 billion.