John Kensinger on National Security
Our nation is a country at war against the terrorist groups that orchestrated the attacks of September 11, 2001. The time has come to reinforce and strengthen our national security.
First, we need to secure and protect our nation’s borders. The 14th Amendment states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States." The Constitution provides two pathways to acquire citizenship. The pathways include, birth in the United States, and the naturalization process. The naturalization process averages about 8 years from start to finish. Naturalization applicants are checked for illegal activity, a threat to national security, and proficiency in English, and American civics. About one in ten applicants fail the criminal background check, or lack the ability to pass the English and civics test. Each year, about one million individuals obtain legal permanent resident status. These individuals have invested almost 8 years of their lives to achieve the "American Dream". This type of hard work and dedication to our country is what helped build this nation. However, the United States currently has an estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants. Statistically, 1.2 million of these individuals would have been denied citizenship based upon their inability to pass the English and civics test, or if they represent a potential threat to our nation's security. The naturalization process was created to protect our country and welcome new individuals wanting to become citizens of the United States. Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants is like allowing a baseball team that didn't play a single game during the regular season to play in the World Series. It isn't fair to the one million individuals that each year out of love for this country complete their 8 year journey toward citizenship. People choosing to bypass legal pathways into America shouldn't be rewarded with amnesty, and may represent a potential risk to our security. The Founding Fathers created a pathway to citizenship for those who love our country and want to be citizens. We must follow their blueprint to protect and grow our nation.
The young men and women of our armed forces deserve adequate equipment and troop reinforcements. It is crucial that their resources and technology be second to none.
Funding for military technology must include our nation's land based strategic missile-defense system. Hostile nations around the world are purusing this technology. America is currently on a path to unilaterally dismantle it's land based missile-defense systems. I believe allowing America to be more vulnerable to a missile attack is a mistake. A more vulnerable America isn't a safe America.
Finally: Economic power funds military power. Our economic policy directly impacts our nation's security. As our national debt increases, the ability to fund our military decreases. Recent events in the Middle East have shown how quickly volatile situations can erupt with deadly consequences. The freedom of our nation has a financial cost. Our nation's safety requires economic strength, with limited debt, to finance a strong military. A strong America, is a safe America.
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