The cab driver taking me to the Washington Nationals baseball game on July 4 is from Bangladesh. I ask him how he got here. He said his father "won the immigration lottery" some years back, was admitted under U.S. immigration law and eventually became a citizen, as did his son. He is proud to be an American and said after he dropped me off he was going to a traditional Fourth of July party to celebrate America's independence.
Those are the kinds of immigrants America should welcome. My driver -- I will call him "Yusef" (not his real name) says he works hard, supports his family and is outraged by those who break the law to cross the border and immediately begin getting free stuff that he, now a taxpayer, must subsidize.
At a July 4 White House naturalization ceremony for more than two dozen foreign-born service members, President Obama said welcoming people to America is "central to our way of life." No, what is central to our way of life is the Constitution, which protects our freedoms. Historically, we have conditionally granted under the law a safe haven for those "yearning to breathe free." There is no constitutional right for anyone to come to America, or become a citizen.
The Department of Homeland Security website publishes a list of restrictions and prohibitions on aliens wishing to enter the United States. Among those barred are people with "a communicable disease of public health significance." From various media reports it appears some of those flooding our southern border have, or are suspected of having, such diseases. Among those who are to be denied entry are children who have not been vaccinated for certain types of diseases, including "mumps, measles, rubella, polio, tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, pertussis, influenza type B and hepatitis B, and any other vaccinations for preventable diseases recommended by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices.
Does anyone believe the unaccompanied minors pouring over the border -- 52,000 so far and 240,000 other migrants since April, according to The New York Times -- have brought with them proof of vaccinations?
Who will follow up to make sure each alien child is vaccinated, much less "sponsored"? Probably no one, because no one will ensure they will ever show up in court, as required for their cases to be properly adjudicated.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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