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While the Left says we’re a nation of immigrants, I believe we’re a nation of laws. Maybe we should pause further immigration until Washington fixes our broken immigration system. After 70 years of both parties kicking the can down the road, we have an estimated 11 to 30 million illegal immigrants using our hospitals, public schools and benefits safety net while our homeless sleep outside and some military vets eat out of garbage cans. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, one illegal immigrant living in America today costs U.S. citizen taxpayers about $8,075 annually. In total, illegal aliens cost American taxpayers $116 billion each year, according to the 2017 report. 

I grew up in a diverse area of New Jersey. I was raised around Italians, Asians, Roman Catholics, Jews, and Greeks, as well as Hispanics and Middle Easterners. I believe in the concept of assimilation — but not hyphenated identity politics.  

The Left says Trump is evil for wanting to build a wall when every Democrat from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama once shared the same views on securing our borders. It shouldn’t be controversial because everything has walls. Your computer has firewalls to prevent viruses from attacking. Your body has an immune system to prevent infectious diseases. Even Heaven has the Pearly Gates. Americans don’t want to hear about amnesty and pathways to citizenship until our borders are secured. I want to stop further illegal immigration.  

Americans see the hypocrisy of those that propose amnesty while they live in gated communities secured with walls and bodyguards and ignore people laying on the sidewalk begging for loose change. They will tell you you’re heartless because you don’t want all of Latin America moving into your community while they live in enclaves remote from the problems they created. Is it extreme to say maybe we should solve our problems before we go around the world solving everyone else’s problems? Thank You, President Donald Trump, for putting the needs of the Jeffery McNeils over the needs of poor people in other countries.  

Jeffery McNeil is a Street Sense Media artist and vendor who also contributes to the Washington Examiner.