Pause Immigration and House our Homeless VeteransPresident Harris's Top Priorities
The United States of America is many things to many people, and that is
something that we should all cherish, even though the country continues to
be plagued with a whole range of socio-economic, legal and political
issues. E pluribus unum is the nation’s motto for good reason. Historically,
we have been home to the world and its myriad of cultures, blended
together into the melting pot that is the USA.
However, at the same we now also find ourselves at a point in time unlike any other before
. In our post-
pandemic world, we are confronted with an array of critical issues, some
new, and some more long-standing as we have referred to.
One of the most pressing of those critical issues, which is actually a
national scandal, is the plight of our homeless veterans. There are currently
tens of thousands of veterans who are either sleeping on the streets, or are
languishing in a not fit for purpose shelter.
These are men and women who
offered their country everything they have in the name of service, and then
once back out of uniform, are tossed aside like a used candy bar wrapper.
The issue of veteran homelessness, as bad as it is, is however massively
amplified by the waves of immigrants that are currently barreling their way
into the United States and securing housing.
No immigrant should receive
housing before our veterans do.
We here at TIP Nation are, as you know, in favor of immigration to the US.
However, this cannot be at the expense of
causing our long-suffering veterans even more anguish.
Right now, at this
point in time, we need to draw a line and get things the right way around.
What we previously thought about our priorities as a nation, need to be
revised. We just cannot any longer have an open door to every immigrant,
with a place to live ready and waiting for them, while so many of our gallant
servicemen and women sleep under a bridge, in their vehicle or worse. No
wonder suicide rates are as high as they are in the veteran demographic.
At the end of the Second World War, the Brits coined the phrase “a land fit
for heroes” for their service personal that returned home. Jobs were
provided, pensions, healthcare and, crucially, housing. We dare anyone to
tell us that our veterans aren’t heroes too. So why the hell are they not
treated like they are?
Sadly, the vast majority of our elected officials talk a good game when it
comes to caring for our veterans, but very few actually then go on to play a
good game. Over time, this has devalued the status of our veterans to that
of an after-thought, if that. Meanwhile, wave upon wave of immigrants are
afforded housing upon their arrival in the US. Why is that even a thing, let
alone a point of discussion?
For our country to be able to continue its mission as the home of
democracy, a beacon of inspiration to the rest of the world, we have to
make sure that the US remains fit for purpose and continues being a new
home for others – if viable. And right now, that viability is simply not there.
The US has to be able to adequately defend itself and at the heart of doing
just that are all the branches of our military, including retired personnel,
tens of thousands of which are currently homeless. Again, it is not that we
have some issue with immigrants coming to the US to make a new life.
However, that cannot be at the expense of those who have served and are
now being disregarded.
Sadly, as long as we have Biden as Commander-in-Chief, nothing of any
real substance is going to change when it comes to our veterans. While
Biden continues with his opulent life-style, with no need left unaddressed,
American service personnel survive day to day on the very margins of
society. So, why would we expect any help from the current Oval Office
occupant? Don’t hold your breath if you do.
Again, we want the US to be a home for new immigrants, a role it has
historically played since its foundation. But before we can do that in any
substantial way going forwards, we simply have to get our own collective
house in order and ensure that every veteran, to the last man and woman,
are properly taken care of. That includes, of course, a place to live in peace