Wherever one stands on the issue of immigration, there ought to be agreement that the U.S. government – and its agencies such as the VA and Homeland Security – should put the interests of American citizens ahead of illegal immigrants.
And it should be especially a matter of broad agreement that America’s heroes – the veterans that have risked life and limb to protect our freedoms – should get very high priority in any government policy.
While the American public is locked down, restricted, and generally told they cannot resume “normal life” due to Covid-19, illegal immigrants continue to flood our southern border. While the border issue has remained a plague on numerous administrations, the Trump administration had the border relatively locked down going into 2021. Through a combination of economic diplomacy and agreements such as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, third party countries were incentivized to stop migrants before they could reach the US. Now, the Biden Administration has largely abandoned those strategies and the surge continues unabated. While there are countless arguments for why this must be stopped, national security should be an imperative one. For this reason, the American Legion has come out opposing the Biden Administration’s conduct and floated solutions for the immigration crisis.
People of good will might differ on the best way to solve the border crisis and the issue of illegal immigration, but organizations like the American Legion, in speaking out against the Biden’s administration severe mishandling of the border crisis, are showing strong support for putting the interests of American citizens – especially veterans – before the desires of illegal immigrants.
When it comes to standing up for veterans, we at the Coalition for American Veterans are in agreement with the American Legion in this regard.
In an official statement American Legion National Commander, Michael D. Helm, emphasized that “A message was sent during the recent elections, and it clearly wasn’t that Americans want amnesty. The American Legion urges the president in the strongest possible terms to put our security, and our citizens’ interests and wishes, ahead of providing amnesty for millions of immigrants here illegally.” Promising amnesty and doing nothing to curb mass illegal migration sends a clear message: America is open.
Biden, STOP Putting Illegal Immigrants Ahead of Veterans!
Yes, America is a nation of immigrants. And many legal immigrants have become loyal and patriotic citizens, and among these are legal immigrants who joined their military and served their new country – the United States of America.
But when the Biden Administration puts illegal immigrants ahead of veterans, we must join together and say “NO!” The gains of the last four years should not be reversed – let’s always honor our veterans, let’s always stand up for our veterans, and let’s hold the Biden Administration accountable when it fails to do so.
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