Just who is an illegal immigrant? What about the first Spanish, French and British who arrived in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Did they register with the Native Americans as aliens? And this is personal!! In the early 20th, both families of my grandparents escaped poverty and murderous governments in Germany and Russia to illegally sneak into New York City.
They eventually became legal citizens, and as for potential alien me, after Navy service in two wars, I assume I don’t have to fear deportation. Of course, there are arguments on both sides of the burning immigration issue these days. There are the true believers in the Statue of Liberty poem:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Opposed are those who see unlimited and unchecked millions of illegal aliens crossing our borders. The immigrants are accused of bringing with them poverty, disease, crime and growing financial burdens on our government and taxpayers. Of course, there are arguments for both sides of the issue.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Despite the creatively bad publicity and heartbreaking photos of imprisoned illegal kids, they’re just trying to do their lawful jobs.