Shahar Alon
Attorney in Israel and New York

Three Billion Poor People Are on Their Way to America

In today’s America, it is very trendy to protest against the president elect, Mr. Doland Trump. Anything he says or does automatically is being ridiculed, and rejected. For someone like me, an outsider, this is a very concerning picture. The concern is that America is losing its mind and is forgetting which world we live in. I am the last one who can preach to the American people on anything, including on democracy, but if one cares for America, he must re-think illegal immigration for a moment.

Some facts and common ground. Almost half the world’s population — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. And what is the situation in America? As of 2015, 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty. The basic social services provided in America to the American people, are limited (education, welfare, housing, medical etc.).

Don’t get me wrong. If there were no limits on resources, the fight to leave the American borders all wide open would be probably considered to be very humanistic and nice, but resource are limited in this world. Every dollar spent is calculated and measured. If you spend it on one thing, you won’t be able to spend it on another thing. And this is the point. You can’t be an “angel” to the illegal immigrants and all the rest and by doing that you might be worsening the conditions of the weak Americans. Caring for others, is a great thing to do, but you need not to forget to care for weak American who are struggling.

So all those protesters against the Trump immigration policy. If you are an American and you are poor, do you really want to allow so many additional poor people into your country, and have the limited resources that are already not enough for you be spent on all those illegals coming in (take a look at the failed school system in some parts of America, in those crumbling neighborhoods, low welfare wages, limited medical services etc.)? Do you really want your education budget to be shared with other poor people that came to America from a faraway places. When you stand in line waiting for a doctor’s appointment, sometimes for hours, do you really understand that by allowing anyone to come in to America, will mean a longer wait for you, and less medicine for you, and less doctor’s times for you.

And for the non-poor Americans. I will not define them as “hypocrites,” but how come they prefer to allow foreigners in to America, on the account of the poor and weak American society? It is fair to say that if you are wealthy in America, your kids go to private schools, you go to private doctors, and you go to private hospitals, but the ones who will pay the price because of your demand to open the borders and just let everyone in, will be the poor American people. Those poor American that have been forgotten along the way. How do I know that they have been forgotten? I haven’t seen any protest by the people of NY trying to improve the living conditions in the “project” housing neighborhoods in New York. Have you ever seen any one protest arguing that the poor people of America get better education, or better medical services?

“Let them in”, “Let them in” is not the solution. If the protesters really want to help the world and all the illegal immigrants, and I truly believe that they do, protesting against the legitimacy of Doland Trump isn’t the right path. If we really want to solve the problem, we must find the way to assist all the future “illegals” in their own countries, before they decide to move to America. Mexico, Syria, Sudan, Iraq and all the rest, all are facing different life hardships, and these hardships should be addressed in those countries and not in America. This should be the princple.

In a way, by opening your borders, you are not solving the problems but you are actually making them bigger. Instead of focusing on how to solve those problems in those problematic countries, the “open borders” approach is causing the world to eliminate from solving these problems. If you open your borders, why not allow all three billion poor people of the world come to America. Why “discriminate”?

The American people are expected to come together and make a multidisciplinary plan that would address these very specific problems. It is time to unit and work together. You ask how to stop illegal immigration to America from Mexico? Help Mexico get better. Make Mexico great. How? Make them put in place minimum wage regulation, help them improve their financial stability, help them create more jobs, help them build better infrastructure, work with them to make their streets safer and more secure, improve their educational system.

And there is no need for direct American involvement in making all of this happen. We will achieve this by offering Mexico to comply with these minimum standards, if Mexico wants to do business with America. It will be a choice of Mexico, its people and its government. A better Mexico, will lower the motivation of people to look for a better future somewhare else.

Until that happens America must be very careful with who can and can’t come in to America. Yes, don’t loose your humamity and be generous on special cases. But with that, let’s not make the poor people of America even poorer.

America, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and all the rest, need to do more in order to develop the weak countries of the world. If they won’t be more active on that, and understand that they have a responsibility as leaders of the world, they will continue to “enjoy” millions of additional new illegal visitors in the coming years.

About the Author
Shahar Alon works as an attorney at Checkmarx, an Israeli cyber security company. He is a member of the Israel and the New York Bar associations. In the past, he worked at the Israeli consulate in New York, and was a part of the Economy Mission. Also in the past, he has worked at the Legal Department of the Knesset. In his life, he lived for a year or more in Canada, the USA, in Venezuela, and in Hong Kong.
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