Developing a spy mindset means prioritizing which question you must answer with the right degree of confidence to digest an issue or achieve your objectives. This, in turn, means knowing where to find the answers with finite resources.
I just had my first taste of AI (ChaptGPT) – it’s a game changer for conducting low-cost investigations in seconds.
Consider border security.
Everyone knows something isn’t right. Sovereign nations don’t allow millions of foreigners to flood in without proper documentation. Government officials, politicians, and the media are gaslighting us – denying the problem exists, saying there’s nothing we can do to stop it, or blaming climate change.
Even worse, concerned citizens who ask obvious questions are called racist or accused of not caring. The same people who claim we’re systematically racist wax nostalgically about how we’re a nation of immigrants.
States like Arizona and Texas have taken practical steps, but the federal government won’t have it. Empty containers that once stemmed the flow are now being removed. Sanctuary cities virtue signal about caring but complain about a lack of resources when a few buses arrive.
Politicians on both sides of the aisle have talked about comprehensive immigration reform but have failed to deliver. Everyone seems to ignore that we already have laws on the books.
To cut through the noise, I asked ChatGPT the following four questions:
1. Is it a federal crime to enter the U.S. outside of an official port of entry?
- “Yes, it is a federal crime to enter the U.S. outside of an official port of entry. Under U.S. immigration law, entering the country without inspection or with fraudulent documents is a violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1325 and 1326, and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.”
To correct AOC and others, they aren’t “illegal people”; they’re people who did something illegal. Yes, it’s a crime.
2. If people attempt to enter the U.S. outside of an official port of entry, is the U.S. government allowed to deny them entry?
- “Yes, the U.S. government is allowed to deny entry to individuals attempting to enter the country outside of an official port of entry. This is in accordance with U.S. immigration laws, which state that individuals must enter the country through a designated port of entry and be inspected by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. Individuals attempting to enter the country outside of a designated port of entry are subject to removal, detention, and/or prosecution.”
We’re often told that people caught crossing the border illegally must be held and processed but this isn’t true. If we can turn people back at an airport for not having proper documents, we can turn them back along the border.
3. Is someone who enters the U.S. illegally eligible for asylum?
- “No, someone who enters the U.S. illegally is not eligible for asylum, as the asylum process is only available to those seeking protection at a port of entry, or from within the United States after being admitted or paroled.”
The latest ruse to facilitate the flow of illegal migrants is the claim they’re seeking asylum. However, people who cross the border illegally aren’t eligible.
4. Is fear of crime or violence a legal basis for asylum in the U.S.?
- “No, fear of crime or violence is not a legal basis for asylum in the U.S. In order for someone to be granted asylum in the U.S., they must meet the definition of a refugee, which is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their home country due to a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Fear of crime or violence does not meet this definition and is not a valid basis for asylum.”
A “credible fear” of political persecution is the only legal basis for asylum. Escaping gang violence or poverty is sad and tragic but isn’t a legal basis for asylum. So, unless you’re a journalist from Cuba or Venezuela facing jail time for writing stories critical of the regime, you’re probably not eligible for asylum.
Questions like this should shape the debate, not platitudes.
No matter how you spin it, the government is turning a blind eye and refusing to enforce the law. The most important question is – why?
Assuming ChatGPT provided correct answers, why are so many people lying to us or facilitating illegal activity? Every Democrat and Republican who believes in the Constitution, which they swore an oath to protect and defend, should demand that we implement the rule of law.