By John J. Duncan Jr.
Americans are the kindest, most generous people in the world. No other nation even comes close to the U.S. in doing things for other countries.
But it is ridiculous for the federal government to spend $86.9 million to house illegal immigrants in name-brand hotels and motels.
Can you imagine the shock on both ends when an illegal immigrant calls home and says “Mama, guess what, they have put me up at the Embassy Suites Hotel, and it’s free.
And it was completely false when Democrats were saying the Trump administration was putting kids into cages. This was a lie spouted out for purely partisan political purposes.
In my newsletter of June 2018, I published a report from The Washington Times, that the federal government spent $1.4 billion in 2017 to take care of nearly 41,000 unaccompanied immigrant children.
They stayed on average of seven weeks which came out to about $670 a day for each child.
One contractor bragged about providing “new sets of clothes for each migrant, gym equipment, and regular field trips to get away from the dorm – activities including movie nights, swimming, and bowling, and even something called multicultural crayons.”
Another contractor described providing special foods, celebration of cultural holidays, cable television, basketball, Spanish language, yoga, soccer tournaments, three meals a day, plus two snacks, and calls back home a couple times a week.
Most of these kids never had it so good. Now, because of President Biden’s welcome, one facility was housing 4,200 in a place designed for about one-tenth that many.
When I first went to Congress 32 years ago, some articles said we had about 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. When I left Congress a little over two years ago, most stories still reported 11 million here illegally.
But the Center for Immigration Studies says we have 60 to 70 million immigrants, legal and illegal, here already.
But because CIS is an anti-immigration think tank and not politically correct, its studies do not get much play in our left-wing national media.
For many years, we have allowed about 13 million to immigrate here legally each year. Most of these have become U.S. citizens. The U.S. allows far more immigration than any other country.
In my “Christmas Memories” Focus column last Dec. 21, I wrote about how blessed we are to live in the Unites States. I pointed out that half the people in the world have to get by on $4.00 or less a day, and about 80% on $10.00 or less a day.
It would not be surprising if half of the world’s 7.5 billion people want to come here.
But our entire infrastructure – our schools, jails, roads, sewers, hospitals, etc. – simply cannot handle a rapid influx of several hundred million. It would destroy this country as it is today.
Donald Trump had immigration under control. Joe Biden, thus far, does not.