by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2015

(May 24, 2015) — “The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage lawbreaking.”  — Rep. Steve King

We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can’t feel safe in their community. It’s wrong! It’s wrong!    — Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

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Immigration, legal or illegal, has been festering in America since the ink was dry on the Constitution.  Racial bias and ethnic purity, along with financial, economic and security fears have driven immigration policy right, left, up, down and inside out for well over 150 years, every time a wave of immigration hits American shores.

Government always reacts to immigration woes.  It is never proactive.  Government policies can inhibit or enhance legal and illegal immigration.  Since President Johnson’s 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, government’s policies have essentially created several magnets to illegal immigration.  President Reagan’s granting amnesty to over 3,000,000 illegal aliens without the enforcement of and severely penalizing illegal employment just added to the magnets.  President Obama’s immigration executive orders have accelerated illegal immigration to the point of a flood.

But the worst magnet was the bastardization of the 14th Amendment that created what is now known as “Anchor Babies” where any child born in America, from anywhere on the planet, automatically becomes a citizen of the United States.  Ludicrous!

The only “fix” that seems to come out of Washington, DC, the President, Democrats and a whole host of pro-illegal-immigrant Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), is Comprehensive Immigration Reform, more generally defined as “AMNESTY.”  What is overlooked is that there are already laws on the books to control illegal immigration.  (You won’t find AMNESTY in any one of those laws.)

The first law is, it is illegal to come to America illegally.  The punishment is deportation.

The second law is, it is illegal to employ an illegal alien.  The punishments are severe for violators.

The third law is, if an illegal alien commits a crime, he either goes to jail, or he is deported.

The magnets are:

1.         The 14th Amendment granting citizenship to babies from foreign lands being born in America (“Anchor Babies.”)

2.         Government benefits, paid for by the taxpayer by the billions of dollars every year.

a.         Ample subsistence (welfare) over 80 government programs

b.         Education, bi-lingual, all ages

c.         Health care (emergency room visits cannot be denied, by law)

d.         Child tax credits.

e.         Earned Income tax credits.

f.          Social Security and Disability payments.

3.         Cheating employers who hire and exploit illegal aliens, solely to increase their bottom line.

4.         Overstaying visas with no government controls or oversight.

5.        Child labor laws that have all but removed young, teenage legal Americans from summer agriculture jobs.  How many of you in our reading audience, as teenagers, picked berries, vegetables, or fruit to make extra money in the summer?  What are your kids and grandkids doing now?  Playing on their damn electronic machines, getting fat and dumb, that’s what!

In a recent Heritage Foundation study on illegal immigrations, they wrote this:

“In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers.”

At an estimated 3,445,000 illegal immigrant households, (from the study) that deficit equals almost $50 Billion per year.  Some estimates are much higher than that.


Our solution to illegal immigration is to trigger self-deportation by closing the borders, removing all government benefits inuring to illegal aliens including welfare, education and health care, eliminate child and earned income tax credits, strictly enforce employer violations for hiring illegal aliens and to mount a legal challenge to re-adjudicate the 14th Amendment regarding the U.S. Supreme Court “Anchor Baby” decision and return the provision to the original intent of the Congress at the time the Amendment was ratified, that is, repatriation of the Negroes as American citizens.

Many of you will think our solutions are too harsh and lack compassion?   We will tell you what is even harsher and even less compassionate.

1.         Forcing legal Americans, at the point of a gun, to pay for illegal aliens, who break our laws.

2.         Illegal aliens profiting off the American taxpayer for child and earned income tax credits.

3.         Illegal aliens getting education, health care and welfare ….. for FREE!

4.         Illegal aliens getting driver’s licenses and magically becoming eligible to vote (for Democrats)

5.         Green card recipients being upgraded to legal status so that they can vote  (for Democrats)

6.         5,000,000 illegal aliens removed from the threat of deportation. (Obama)

7.         A gutless Congress that sits back and lets it all happen.

8.         A government that won’t enforce current immigration law and stops states from enforcing it.

9.       A government that won’t adequately track criminal illegal aliens and lets them create havoc, mayhem and murder with almost virtual impunity and letting thousands of criminal aliens out of jail into the general population ….. for FREE!  If the criminal aliens are deported, they just come back, and even though it is a felony to return to America after being deported, these criminals never seem to see a jail cell.

Then there are these “harsh” injustices perpetrated on legal Americans by their government.

1.         The passage of ObamaCare forcing taxpayers into a government-mandated, government-run, going broke, health insurance program that forces producers to pay for exponentially growing non-producers, non-taxpayers and illegal aliens ….. for Democrat votes.

2.         The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) penalizing legal property owners $75,000 per day for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, in direct violation of the 8th Amendment.

3.         The IRS being used as a political weapon by the Obama Administration to go after conservative, non-profit organizations applying for tax-exempt status.  And the IRS employees are given bonuses, if you can believe that.

4.         The Department of Energy (DOE) giving $525,000,000 of our tax money to Solyndra while it was going broke.  Crony capitalism for environmental and social agendas runs rampant in federal government bureaucracies.

5.         20% of total government expenditures (your money) in waste, fraud, abuse and corruption.

6.         The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) deploying over 200 heavily armed federal agents to oversee the rounding up of Cliven Bundy’s cattle for allegedly grazing on government land.

7.         President Obama, his Administration and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lying to the American people over their gross negligence in protecting U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other brave men who gave their lives unnecessarily at the Benghazi compound in September 2012.

8.         Shoving down every American child’s throat Common Core State Standards, to add to the brainwashing already under way in our public schools at the hands of the Progressives for the last 60 to 100 years.

9.         Government’s relentless abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws against law-abiding Americans.

Look, we could go on and on about how government penalizes, incarcerates, badgers, harasses, intimidates, indoctrinates and brainwashes legal American citizens, enforcing millions of laws, little and large.  Now that’s harsh!  How is it that legal Americans are supposed to feel sorry and have compassion for those who break our laws?  An American can’t break a law without being punished, sometimes severely.  And God help you if you break an environmental law.  (See Rural America in the Crosshairs video)  Why is it illegal aliens can break our laws, including environmental laws, and get rewarded for it, at the expense of legal Americans’ government-enforced generosity?  It not only defies common sense, it spits in the “eye” of justice and the face of every legal American.

Compassion is a worthwhile human attribute when applied rationally.  Irrational compassion, however (a product of Progressives to buy votes), whether it is applied to illegal aliens or millions of legal American freeloaders, can and has become a direct threat to our economy, jobs, financial stability and to our national security.  America is going broke fast, folks.  NO!  IT IS BROKE!  It can’t afford to add more souls to our sinking lifeboat.  We could add these folks to the good ship America if it wasn’t for the fact that Progressives have all but destroyed the one basic element to our freedom, wealth and jobs – CAPITALISM – by regulating it to death and sucking the money out of the system to buy votes, such that true capitalism doesn’t work any more.

But once again, ladies and gentlemen, we ask, who is going to stop it?

What this author doesn’t get is why the American people aren’t furious and ready for battle.  As little as a hundred years ago, angry citizens formed groups and tarred and feathered errant, corrupt and stupid politicians and took them out into the forest to walk back home in shame.  If there is no punishment for corrupt politicians who spit in their constituents’ faces and the law, the crimes will continue and the citizens will only have themselves to blame.

A representative republic becomes a dictatorship if the people won’t hold their representatives accountable to the laws of individual liberty, either by law or by force.  In case you hadn’t noticed, the crimes against the American people by their government are continuing, unabated.  Now that’s really harsh, far harsher than forcing illegal aliens to self-deport.

Additional Reading:  “The Impending Disaster from the Hordes of Illegal Aliens”

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NOTE:  The foregoing article represents the opinion of the author and is not necessarily shared by the owners, employees, representatives, or agents of the publisher.

Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (, a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State, an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners.  He can be reached for comment at






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  1. Little known that many would LIKE to go back…especially those who have children in the home country but they are trapped in the money game to send funds home so their children can go to better schools, etc. Down deep there are many whose families would be RELIEVED if they would return to them. Abolishing birthright citizenship will eliminate another seduction to come and/or stay. These returnees may be the key to increased productivity and democratic evolvement in the home countries. Rather than going all weepy that America is too “harsh” by demanding illegals to repatriate themselves it could be seen as a generous action of family values. Of course Liberals will play up the victimization angle, but it is, in its most profound sense a truly humanitarian stance….be not afraid! Homeward bound!

  2. This is so basic. There is Corruption everywhere in D.C. and it MUST be sought out unscrupulously and cut out like the Cancer that it is!./ Quite simply, also, for these same people to allow an illegal president to “pose” in power for seven years is simply beyond belief. The one thing they did have figured out was that they knew we could not, practically, do a damn thing about it!.

    WE THE PEOPLE must NEVER allow them to get away with it, be it NOW or later. They richly deserve jail !!
    Neil SANKEY

  3. Our runaway feral government is actively targeting states and sheriffs who attempt to enforce the law to control the influx of illegal alien invaders. Just look at the intimidation and legal-system harassment being applied by the feral government against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    Ron Ewart is spot on about how the well intentioned, but poorly written, 14th Amendment has been misinterpreted as the “magic dirt” amendment to create our unique anchor baby citizenship loophole, something almost no other country in the world has been foolish enough to allow. Ron Ewart also is exactly right that we only need to close this loophole, then simply enforce the laws that we already have to remove the entitlement carrots and apply the existing legal sticks. However, our runaway feral government seems determined to do just the opposite, much to the detriment of the legitimate native and naturalized citizens that they supposedly serve. What Ron Ewart does not address is why are the denizens of the District of Corruption, both democrats and republicans, doing this?

    The standard reasons are that the democrats are seeking to bring wave after wave of entitlement zombies onto the feral government plantation and lock them in as democrat voters after illegally granting them citizenship (or not — as long as they vote). Supposedly, the RINOs have been bought off by big business in order to ensure them a steady stream of cheep labor. Then there is the darker theory of some that this is all part of a scheme by international bankers and new world order types to break America’s sovereignty and create a North American Union out of Canada, the USA and Mexico.

    I don’t know where the truth lies, but I know that, except for the 14th Amendment debacle, we already have all the needed legal tools required to secure our borders and stop the invasion and we already have many a good plan of action laid out (such as Ron Ewart’s), we only lack the will to do so. By this, I do not mean the will of the majority (for by far most Americans are with us), but the willingness to stop the corruption in DC by turning out the turncoats, especially when they are our own bringing home a little bacon now and then.

  4. I am tired of hearing about the “broken immigration system!”The only thing broken is governmental will to enforce existing laws. The answer is simple,secure the border and enforce the law!