Contrary to popular belief, the idea that immigrants should be screened before being permitted into the US is not new. Ellis Island opened in 1892 to handle the screening of people immigrating from all across the globe. Even before then immigrants were screened for 35 years at Castle Garden Immigration Depot, in Lower Manhattan. Over 12 million immigrants passed through the Island before it’s closing in 1954. Roughly 2% of them were turned away.
There were many reasons to be turned away and sent back to your home country—physical health, criminal background, mental health, and financial stability all played a role in deciding whether or not you would be admitted into the country.
Liberal media likes to entertain the idea that closed borders is some crazy, outlandish notion.
There is nothing wrong with screening people before giving them a free pass to the country. There is nothing wrong with having secure borders. There is nothing wrong with sending people back to their home countries who don’t belong here. It’s not even a new idea.
The idea that America has to be open and accessible to all is a new idea spawned by the Globalists. In a perfect world, there would be no borders, no need to screen people.
I, however, believe that man is inherently sinful and my belief has yet to be disproven.
We need the borders, we need the screening, we need protection. America shouldn’t be the most secluded nation in the world—quite the opposite. We want people to come here from all corners of the earth to live happy, safe, and fruitful lives.
In the very same way, we want to stop the criminals, thieves, and those “likely to become a public charge.”
It is not cruel and unusual to do this. New immigrants are not American citizens. They do not have an inherent right to benefit from this country. We, as Americans, are not being bad hosts by sending them home.
Ellis Island did not care where you came from or what your story was. The workers looked at hard facts. If you couldn’t make it—or you were dangerous—you were sent home. No discrimination, no second thoughts.
If it was such an easy thing to do in 1892, why is it so strange to do it again in 2016?
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