by Dr. Manny Sethi
I believe that if Republicans lose in 2020, we’re headed for an illegal immigrant invasion. The Democrats are going to give this country away. As the child of immigrants who came here legally, I’m not okay with that.
But let me back up.
As children growing up in India, my parents saw their homes burned to the ground due to sectarian violence.
It took them seven years to immigrate to America. They said goodbye to everyone they’d ever known, and came here, determined that their future children would never know the crushing poverty they did.
Because of their sacrifice, I was born here in America. I grew up in Coffee County, where Mom and Dad were country doctors. Mom was an OBGYN, the only one for miles. She delivered over 7000 babies there. Dad was one of the only family doctors in our area, often taking patients to the hospital in his blue Oldsmobile since our area didn’t have too many ambulances.
Dad used to say, “America has given our family everything. Be grateful you were born here.”
I lost him when I was 22, but I can still hear Dad’s voice. I still remember his love of our country, the gratitude he felt for this place. My family has always felt that deep gratitude. That’s why they worked so hard to give back to the country that’s given us so much.
I believe our current system is deeply unfair.
My family obeyed the law. So why do other people get to come here illegally, break the law, and get welfare benefits? And if you have a problem with this, the radical Left calls you racist. It’s outrageous, and it’s just a means of silencing conservatives and shutting down debate.
Well, I am not going to be silenced, and this is a debate we are going to have in this campaign.
Despite an immigration system that favors chain migration (low-skilled immigration) over merit-based immigration (high-skilled immigration), my parents were able to come here. Through their work as physicians they added tremendous value to our country and assimilated into American culture and life.
But our immigration system is completely flawed by a combination of liberals that simply want to import Democrat voters from Central America, Big Business Republicans in Washington who only care about getting more cheap labor, and a liberal media that makes people who know better too afraid to speak out.
This isn’t hard: We should prioritize getting people like my parents into this country, while keeping people who want to break the law from ever getting in here.
Instead what we’ve got is an invasion of our borders by illegal aliens. It’s a mess, created by our politicians.
I know immigration affects us all, but I am the only candidate in this race for whom this is deeply personal —and that’s why I’m so serious about fixing it.
Here’s my three-point plan to tackle our immigration crisis:
1. We need to support President Trump and build the wall. We need to have a wall not only to keep out illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the border at record numbers but also, to keep out the violence and drugs that are plaguing Mexico’s landscape on a daily basis. In the month of May there were over 144,000 arrests of people crossing the border illegally, and there would have been nearly a million crossings had it not been for President Trump getting a deal with Mexico to stop the caravans. If you can’t control your own borders, you’re not a real country. Period.
2. We need to end chain migration. I’m a Christian, a humanitarian, and a doctor. So, when I look at the basket case that Central America is today, it’s heartbreaking.
But why should American workers and taxpayers have to pay the price for that? We can’t absorb immigrants at the pace we’re currently on and retain our American identity. We have a broken system today that favors chain migration, and that leads to people coming here illegally, becoming welfare recipients, and then importing their family members who will also go on welfare. This isn’t sustainable.
We need to switch to a merit-based system that prioritizes immigrants, like my parents who will work to improve the nation that we know and love, whose children will grow up understanding the American Dream, and whose presence will make America stronger.
3. We must end birthright citizenship for illegal aliens. We must put a stop to illegal aliens sneaking into our country, having kids who automatically become citizens, and are able to gain access to all welfare programs. We must protect the rule of law, and end incentives for criminal behavior.
You can’t swing a dead cat in D.C. without hitting a gutless politician who says one thing about stopping illegal immigration, to get elected but then does another when the chips are down. I’m not a politician, and I’m never going to be one of them. I will always tell the truth. No matter what the Left wants to call me.
I am running for the United States Senate to stand firm, defend our conservative Tennessee values, and support President Trump in setting things right.
Trust me, I know the Left and the GOP Establishment don’t like me saying these things. But I’m not backing down. I’m not running to please them. I’m running for every single Tennessean who wants a conservative outsider who is unafraid of the PC police.
We’re going to fix this problem when I get to the Senate.
We don’t have any other choice.
Dr. Manny Sethi is a trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt and candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee