McCroskey Commentary: Don’t Mock Those Against Mandates While Ignoring Immigration Disaster

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The debate continues about mandatory vaccinations and requiring proof to travel or enter a restaurant or take part in other normal activities we used to enjoy.  

I’ve noticed the mandatory vaccination crew is intense and wants it to be as they suggest — mandatory.  

But here’s what confuses me. While they are quick to make fun of those who don’t want to be vaccinated, they seem silent on the illegal aliens and others flooding our borders or being imported from places such as Afghanistan who are often neither vaccinated nor required to be.

So perhaps someone supporting the mandates on Americans in order to keep their jobs could explain to me why that is so?

A couple years ago, my wife and I went to Ellis Island. For those too young to remember, that’s where many people entering the United States came first. In fact, part of our reason to go there was to look for some of her grandparents who did just that — came here legally.

In those days, there were requirements to enter the greatest country in the world. One of those requirements was you had to be healthy. If you weren’t, but could be soon, they had a place you had to stay until cleared medically.  

But there were other requirements too.  

You had to have a sponsor, be self-sufficient and were not eligible for any government assistance (if there was even any then). Basically, you had to take care of yourself and not be a burden on the taxpayers.

The place was covered with banners, one of which included language from the Welfare Reform Act, which read in part, “bars legal permanent residents from receiving federal benefits, such as Medicaid, for five years.”

Another dated 1906 read that the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization was established and provided a three-step process to naturalization: Declare their intent to establish naturalization, file a petition to do so and appear with two character witnesses in front of a judge who will assess their ability to speak English.

Oh yes, the final requirement was to take an “oath of allegiance” to the United States of America.  

These were the requirements to come here.

So here’s my real question today — what the heck happened? (I wanted to use a much stronger word, but it is a family-friendly newspaper.)

Today, we admit thousands of people from all over the world with all kinds of medical conditions, and we not only allow it, we reward it with benefits they have not contributed to. We not only don’t expect them to be self-sufficient or speak English, but we are shipping them around the country even after some have tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, we’re told that our social programs, which we have had to financially supported under penalty of law all of our lives, will go broke in just a few years. It will happen sooner if we add undocumented (illegal) aliens to the mix.

In the language of the oath they are required to take is a part that says they declare they will support and defend our Constitution and support our laws.

But as we clearly see, many don’t.

Here’s my point this week — I believe we all want to see legal immigration into the U.S. But what we’re watching at our southern border is not legal or healthy for our country. Bringing poorly vetted folks from other countries and dispersing them into communities, especially if they have illnesses we’ve already beaten, while exempting them from vaccinations, but at the same time mandating our actual citizens be vaccinated or be fired, is nauseating.

Our elected officials take an oath to defend the Constitution and enforce the laws of our land. But many, if not most, don’t. And we let them get away with it.

I’m vaccinated and I did it by choice.  

But until the pinheads we watch daily on TV, especially those elected to “represent” us, use the same standards for everyone, they are just that — pinheads not worthy of serious consideration when they speak.

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John McCroskey was Lewis County sheriff from 1995 to 2005. He lives outside Chehalis and can be contacted at musingsonthemiddlefork@gmail.com.

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  • Grady_Dweier

    Non-sequitur of the year goes to this guy for his "Vaccines? But the illegals!" argument. Seriously, I don't get how they're related.

    Also, being made fun of is his biggest complaint? Give me a break; if you can't handle disagreement then you shouldn't be putting your opinions out into the public sphere.

    Thursday, September 23 Report this

  • Dennis

    Spot on John. Demnocrats only want the votes to stay in power. Ie open borders. Robbie it is related do some research oh and I will not get shot. My freedom of choice keep up good work jon

    Thursday, September 23 Report this

  • ghostrider

    Robbie, you should probably read the opinion before commenting. His point is that the government is mandating vaccines to keep your job, but allowing aliens to enter even when testing positive for COVID-19. So, the government is treating all aliens differently from its own citizens. But the reason is obvious. Aliens, whether legal or not, vote Democrat. That's why there's so little action to stop the flow at the southern border. And it should be noted that the flow at the southern border was controlled under President Trump, but Biden's first action as President was to invite all of Mexico to move here.

    Friday, September 24 Report this

  • Grandma

    I might add, the measles are here thanks to Biden. When that spreads in the U.S. our young children will be in danger. You can't tell me, in the twenty years we've been in Afghanistan, tis administration didn't know about the health issues going on over there.

    Sunday, September 26 Report this

  • Youngcontrarian

    The measles are here because of misinformation regarding the relationship of vaccines and autism. The resurgence of measles is due to lack of vaccinations.

    Sunday, September 26 Report this

  • Youngcontrarian

    Probably can't tell you anything Grandma.

    Sunday, September 26 Report this

  • Youngcontrarian

    Probably can't tell you anything Grandma.

    Sunday, September 26 Report this

  • HeavyHemi

    Bruce, you should know McCroskey's entire screed is based on a lie. It is inherent in supporting Trump, you have to lie. You're lying to yourself when you do not admit Trump is a lying con man, a serial abuser who bragged about sexually assaulting women on a whim and a threat to Democracy.

    Either fess up to those facts or please, shut up and let us fix what you and your ilk broke. Thanks.

    Monday, September 27 Report this

  • HeavyHemi

    Bruce, you should know McCroskey's entire screed is based on a lie. It is inherent in supporting Trump, you have to lie. You're lying to yourself when you do not admit Trump is a lying con man, a serial abuser who bragged about sexually assaulting women on a whim and a threat to Democracy.

    Either fess up to those facts or please, shut up and let us fix what you and your ilk broke. Thanks.

    Dennis.h

    Is another idiot claiming he's 'doing his own research' on vaccines. Which of course cannot as a fact be basic science. Because if it were, he'd get the vaccine. Facebook, is not a source for health facts, idiot. The silver lining, is you're reducing your own numbers.

    Monday, September 27 Report this

  • Dennis

    Howdy hemi. I could be an idiot but I am not. You see I like my freedom what is the difference with abortion my body my choice I suspect you are all for abortion. And vaccine my body my choice. You must be or are a sociolist. See I like choice and freedom which the jewish did not have. Keep thinking your way it will not be good. Trump 2024

    Monday, September 27 Report this

  • Dennis

    Hemi by way I don't have Facebook never have

    Monday, September 27 Report this

  • Grandma

    youngcontrarian,

    Many Afghani refugees brought into the country recently have measles. I'm not disputing your case on people unvaccinated from measles in this country. I find it mind-boggling that we've been in Afghanistan for 20 years, and supposedly never knew they suffered from measles, didn't have vaccinations from it, and we didn't know some may have live outbreaks when we bring them over. That is my point!

    Sunday, October 3 Report this

  • Youngcontrarian

    It is a shame that when Donald Trump received his COVID-19 vaccination he didn't experience one of the extremely rare adverse reactions and die. That would be a true Godsend and I've been praying like hell.

    Monday, October 4 Report this

  • Grandma

    Youngcontrarian,

    You are also correct! Two things can be true at the same time. Your insults show your one-sided ignorance!

    Tuesday, October 12 Report this