Just How Secure are We?

gitmoPresident Obama announced his plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He wants to release 36 of the remaining 91 detainees and imprison the rest on U.S. soil. He did not give specifics on the location except to say there are 13 sites under consideration.

The President made the announcement on Tuesday, saying “Keeping this facility open is contrary to our values…and undermines our standing in the world.” He said the closure is also a cost-cutting measure and would keep terrorists from using Gitmo in their anti-American propaganda.

Some reasons he will have trouble accomplishing his goal:

  • Military and intelligence officials do not recommend this action
  • Just last month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch was quoted as saying our current law prevents the use of funds to close Gitmo and transfer detainees
  • Lawmakers on both sides oppose his plan there’s legislation in place to prevent it

Americans should ask themselves if imprisoning detainees within the U.S. makes us more secure. Which state would welcome terrorist prisoners? Would the 13 states under consideration for housing the prisoners draw straws to select the lucky winner, or um, loser?

Importing Islamic terrorists by closing Gitmo is just one more way in which we make ourselves less secure. Even greater problems exist through illegals trying to get, those who are already here, and the President’s policies to open the borders even wider.

All of us will have an opportunity to consider immigration when we vote for a presidential nominee. Marco Rubio, speaking on the O’Reilly Factor show, said his immigration plan is flexible and “depends on what the American people will support.” He also said Americans will respond reasonably, “if we prove illegal immigration is finally under control.” It sounds compassionate and logical, but that may just be code for a repeat of what was tried, and failed, under President Reagan.

Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million immigrants on the promise of beefed-up border control. What happened instead was a failure to control the borders. That’s the problem with “permanent legal status.” Conservative lawmakers eventually bow to media pressure and the newly-legal become citizens.

Consider, too, that expanding the voter base is the goal of both political parties. Statistics and analysis suggest quite convincingly that once illegals become eligible to vote they will vote as Democrats.

That’s why President Obama is busy working to increase immigration while he still can:

  • allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S.
  • implementing a policy that only enforces immigration laws when an alien commits a violent crime
  • lifting the ban on those with some sexually transmitted diseases–including HIV

One can easily see why a large part of the appeal of Donald Trump is his promise to build a wall and deport 12 million illegals. Ted Cruz has a similar stance. Some have speculated that Republican “establishment” candidates support amnesty because their backers are businesses who rely on cheap labor.

The Bible compares a man who is unable to control himself to a city without walls–not safe. Unsecured. Those within the city can’t keep thieves and killers out. Their homes, families, and possessions are an easy target. It is not fair to residents when a city’s walls are broken and it’s besieged by invaders. Similarly, what good is it to close the doors at airports and seaports but leave the southern border unsecured and have holes in our entry programs?

Father, give us wisdom and discernment as we vote. Make Your candidate obvious to us.

Prov. 25:28 – He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

 

 

 

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