Americans on the political Left in America are very concerned for the dreams of people who have come to America illegally. They are especially concerned for the dreams of those who were smuggled into America illegally as children. They have a special name for them, they call them “Dreamers.”
It is truly sad for these people who were brought to America very young and who grew up in America. Most probably have considerably less ties to their parent’s native country than their parents. They were too young for me to consider them criminals, but someone who brought them was a criminal, a person who deliberately broke U.S. law to be here.
I use the word “illegal” because I want to stress that at the root of this problem there is always a crime.
Those on the Left would like to abolish the laws that make it a crime to enter the U.S. at will without any control. They would like to abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). They would like for it to be legal for anyone who can get to the U.S. border to cross over into the U.S. without any checks on their health, criminal background, or likely ability to be employed and not become an immediate burden on U.S. taxpayers.
What would be the likely consequences of enacting “open borders,” allowing anyone who wanted to come to America and could somehow manage to get here? What would be the consequences to the dreams of all the Americans and their children, who are already here legally?
Let’s do a little math. The population density of Mexico City is calculated to be 15,600 people per square mile. If you have ever been to Mexico City you might have noticed that a large part of it is a literal slum compared to the standards many Americans are used to.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau 62.7% of the U.S. population lives in cities on 3.5% of the land in the U.S. That 3.5% comes to about 123,616 square miles so the calculated average population density in those cities is 1,657 persons per square mile. It is considerably higher in some of the larger cities and less so in smaller cities, but that is the overall average. It a heck of a lot less than 15,600 per square mile in Mexico City.
Considering that the vast majority of people who will come to America legally, or illegally will live in those cities, how many people would need to come to America to make our cities like Mexico City in the picture above? According to my calculations a little over 500 million.
What would the political consequences be if that many poor and downtrodden people came to America? Obviously the Democratic Party would have an enormous advantage. All these people would need to be on many forms of assistance, perhaps for a long time. They would look to the Democrats to guarantee that and the elite of the Democratic Party would be glad to accommodate them. A few Republicans might get elected in the hinterlands but they would be as powerless as Republicans are currently in California (only less so).
The real motivation of the elite politicians is political power. Period. How you live (in “flyover country”) is of little importance to them. As long as they can be at the top of the heap as elected politicians they don’t really care how those on the bottom of the heap live.
Want proof of that? Look at cities like Detroit and Chicago in the U.S. that have been run by Democratic politicians for generations. Look at the crime and poverty in the inner cities run by Democrats. Look at the lives of black Americans living in those inner cities and still voting Democratic.
Do I think 500 million immigrants are likely? I have no idea but we do know that many millions have come to America illegally facing many real hazards including Mexican criminals and the harsh and dangerous landscapes of the southwest border where more than a few have died. The Border Patrol find their bodies all the time.
So what if we now advertise you can walk in openly and legally and probably get immediate government assistance? 500 million people is about 6.5% of the world’s total population. How many poor people around the world would sell everything they own to come here if they could, and especially if they were guaranteed assistance and benefits when they arrived?
But even if not 500 million, what would 50 million or 100 million or 200 million do? At some point there would be enough to guarantee the Democrats could run things into the ground all over America the same way they have run cities like Detroit into the ground. How many remember that Ronald Reagan was a Republican governor of California at one time? That is one state that clearly shows what millions of illegal immigrants can do to change the political landscape.
So how about the dreams of Americans then? How about American Dreamers that would like to go to college and have the good life? The Democrats would probably want more “diversity” in American colleges so a lot more kids from immigrant backgrounds would almost certainly be getting more of those slots for higher education. Democrats would be telling your kids they ought to “check their privilege” when they don’t get into a good college, or maybe any college.
Are you willing to give up your dreams, and your children’s dreams to all the Dreamers in the world who would like to come here and start reaping all the benefits (many that you will have to pay for in taxes)?
Think on it. Is it too selfish to want our kids to have a chance for their dreams, the American Dreamers? As Americans we need to push our politicians hard to solve the problems with illegal immigration. If not our children will often be dreaming in vain.
We may not send all these kids back who were brought to America illegally but we really need to turn off the spigot of continued illegal immigration. The future of American Dreamers depends on it.