Border Security

This is an issue that is being tossed about like a football. (I’m all in favor of the game of football, but I’m not in favor of treating serious subjects like a game. Securing is essential to protecting our citizens from drug gangs, sex traffickers, career criminals and most recently- from people infected with the coronavitrus (COVID-19). Securing our borders is a policy every American should support. Our country was built by immigrants, but since 1790, Congress has exercised its Constitutional authority to determine requirements for remaining in the country and becoming a citizen. In 1875, Congress passed the Page Act which specified that people and groups could be excluded as immigrants based on specific criteria. Initially, prostitutes and criminals were banned from entry. The Immigration Act of 1891 expanded the list of undesirables to include idiots, insane persons, paupers or persons likely to become a public charge, persons suffering from certain contagious disease, felons, persons convicted of other crimes or misdemeanors related to “moral turpitude,” and polygamists. In later years, restrictions were relaxed a bit but current immigration laws still bar entrance by moral turpitude offenders, people with certain health conditions, those with a criminal record and anyone whi is a member of a totalitarian party.