A while ago, a commenter (and frequent PITA) challenged me on my use of the term “invasion” to describe our illegal alien problem. That got me thinking — that’s a pretty charged term; was it really fair for me to use it?
“Invasion” conjures images of armies of enemy soldiers marching in and taking control, rounding up and/or killing anyone who challenges them, raising their flag, forcing us to adapt to their ways, and in general the sort of thing we saw in the horrible movie “Red Dawn.”
But the chances of a classic military invasion of the US pretty much disappeared after 1945. At that point we became a superpower, with the only real threat to us the Soviet Union. And since they fell apart, we have remained the only superpower — some say “hyperpower” — and the thought of any nation or group of nations invading us by force and occupying us is laughable.
But that’s “Old School” thinking. War is the ultimate Darwinian construct, constantly evolving and adapting to changing times. Flagrant, blatant military power is becoming passe’, and the new battlefield is social and economic.
So, with that in mind, does our current illegal alien crisis constitute an invasion? I think it does.
Do we have large groups of foreign nationals crossing the border without permission or documention? Yes.
Do we have portions of the country essentially “occupied” by those who speak a foreign language, to the point where that language has supplanted English for all official business? Yes.
Do we have portions of the country that have, in essence, declared federal laws null and void within their boundaries and chosen to side with the invaders? Yes.
Do we have invaders illegally getting wealth and sending it home, much like the pillaging Vikings? Yes — just drive through any inner city (I’ve done this in Manchester, NH and Lawrence, MA) and see how many storefronts offer to send money to any country in Latin America.) And since the collapse of the telegram business, money transfers has become Western Union’s bread and butter.
Do the invaders proudly hoist the flags of their native lands? Yes — again, do the drive-through and count the non-American flags waving proudly from cars.
Do the invaders commit acts of violence against Americans? Yes. Not only do we have the case of Raul Garcia-Gomez, an illegal alien who killed Police Officer Donald Young and fled to Mexico. He’s been arrested, but the latest I heard is that he might not be extradited because he might face the death penalty.
But one mustn’t use a single example to prove a point. How about MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha 13), the gang of illegal aliens from Central America? They’re rapidly supplanting the Crips, Bloods, and Latin Kings for the reputation as “most dangerous gang.”
Is there a nation or nations that are openly threatening us? No. But let’s take a look at Mexico. They publish and give away books showing the best ways to illegally enter the United States. They give out “Matricula Consular” IDs to virtually anyone for the asking, conveniently overlooking that the only people who would need such an ID are illegal aliens — legal immigrants already have some form of ID issued by the United States government.
Do they pose a threat to average Americans? I think they do. In addition to the economic havoc they wreak (hospitals along the southern border are forcing to close down from unpaid bills treating illegal aliens, in order to work they have to commit identity fraud and/or identity theft, they drive down the average salaries of workers, and so on), let’s look at one detail: Thousands, tens of thousands, perhaps millions (it’s impossible to make a truly accurate count) of people enter the United States illegally every day. Could the same techniques that bring people across the borders also be used to bring in drugs? Terrorists? Weapons? Yes, yes, and yes — and all have been done, and will continue to be done. And, I fear, sooner or later, some really, really big weapon (yes, I’m talking about a WMD here) will make it into the country.
Lord knows there are enough people who’ve threatened to do so. They have the motive and opportunity — the only thing they’re lacking is the means, and sooner or later they’ll get their hands on one and give it a try.
It’s a war, folks. Just because the invaders don’t wear scary uniforms and no nation or nations is announcing “we will bury you” doesn’t make it any less of a threat.