Why The Immigration Debate is America’s Favorite Distraction

The debate over illegal immigration is becoming such a massive problem that it caused the United States government to shut down… right? But what if I told you that no matter what side you’re on, every major point in the immigration debate comes back to a much larger problem perpetrated by the U.S. government?

So you’ve been listening to too many Donald Trump speeches, and now you’re worried about people coming to the U.S. illegally from Mexico and increasing crime and drug-trafficking. Well, the best way to solve that problem is not to build a wall—it’s actually to take away the incentive to traffic drugs over the border.

The War on Drugs has not stopped Americans from using drugs, but it has made them turn to illegal outlets, such as drug cartels. But statistics have shown that the more that states legalize marijuana, the less it is trafficked over the border, and the more it hurts drug cartels. Can you imagine what would happen if we ended the War on Drugs altogether?

So you’re also worried about violence from people who come to the U.S. as refugees from countries in the Middle East… Well, those refugees are only fleeing their homes because of the destruction and violence there—which is a direct result of the United States’ War on Terrorism.

The problem is not that the Middle East is filled with ISIS and Al-Qaeda prodigies who want to kill Americans. The problem is that the U.S. has spent years making horrible foreign policy decisions, and it occasionally has to deal with the blowback.

So you have spent your life working and paying taxes like a good American, and you’re worried about people coming to the United States illegally and benefitting from the money you earned. But your real problem isn’t with the outsiders, it’s actually with the welfare state that is being enabled by an overwhelmingly large federal government.

You argue that the borders of the home you own are the same as the borders of this country, but that’s simply not true. When you purchased your home, you agreed to pay for it, and because of that ownership, you get to decide who does or does not come on your property. If you stop paying for it, then you lose your home. But even if you pay taxes every year, you don’t get to decide who does or does not live in this country. And if you stop paying those taxes to the government, you go to jail. Do you see the difference?

It is amazing to me how many people believe that paying their taxes is what makes them Americans. You are essentially saying that the amount of money the government steals from you is what defines your identity, even when you never gave your consent, and most Americans don’t agree with half of the decisions their government makes.

When today’s politicians and mainstream media pundits discuss immigration, they typically leave logic behind and opt to use emotional arguments that will trigger people on all sides. While those points may seem valid on the surface, it’s important to remember they are simply the results of problems that were created by the United States in the first place, and that is something everyone should be talking about!


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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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