Dumping GroundsA rusted barbed wire fence defined the border between Texas and Mexico. A Border Patrol officer told me that invaders swarmed over the fence into the United States like cockroaches as soon as the sun went down.

According to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, an uncounted number of foreign-born estimated as high as 38 million reside here illegally. Another 58.3 million have been granted asylum or legal status. That means more than 30 percent of the population inside the U.S. is not native born.

As a historian, I trekked our southern border, talking to ranchers, farmers, immigrants, as well as Border Patrol officials, and others to discover for myself the extent of illegals entering our country and their effect on American culture. A nation that does not protect its borders, I reflected while standing at the rusted barbed wire fence, is soon not a nation. Historically, “barbarians at the gate” have been a major factor in the decline of civilizations.

“During the collapse of Western Civilization the first time,” historian Victor Davis Hanson points out, “the Roman Empire could not or would not define their borders. . .So when people started coming from Northern Europe, (the Romans) thought. . . ‘We’re much more sophisticated that we will assimilate them quickly. . .’ ‘They’re coming because they want to be like us.’”

Wrong.

Out of naiveté, political correctness, ignorance, or perhaps some darker motive, American leaders and the political Progressive Left continue to welcome illegals with open arms at our borders, many of whom refuse to be assimilated. It is not uncommon to watch illegal immigrants on TV protesting, in foreign languages, for their “rights.”

A poll conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies found that over half of all immigration households—both illegal and legal—use at least one welfare program. Seventy five percent prefer bigger government with more services.

In addition, the Center for Security Policy reveals that 51 percent of U.S. Muslims seek sharia law over the U.S. Constitution. One in four believes “it is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam. Only 39 percent believe they should be subject to American courts. Sufi leader Sheikh Mahammad Kabbani testified before the U.S. State Department that Islam extremist ideology has taken over 80 percent of mosques in the U.S.

“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet if Islam,” declared Barack Obama when he was President and appeared before the United Nations.

You’ll be shot or beheaded if you do.

The 2016 DNC platform argued that U.S. borders are not open wide enough to ensure equal treatment for “all Americans—(Now get this)—regardless of immigration status.”

Emma Lazarus’ 1883 poem installed on the Statue of Liberty begins with this: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . . It embodies the noble sentiment of a “melting pot.” Out of many, one.

Today, the “melting pot” has become the dumping grounds. As with Rome’s barbarians, the “huddled masses” from the Third World are inside the gates of the world’s last chance for freedom—and are overwhelming and changing it.

This essay is extracted from Crushing the Collective: America’s Last Chance to Remain Free and Self-Governing, by Charles W. Sasser

Should I need a disclaimer against being a “racist,” be it known that I spent much of the 1980s in Latin America. I speak Spanish, I had a girlfriend in Honduras, and considered adopting two little children from Nicaragua fleeing from the communist Sandinistas and were in a UN refugee camp. In addition, I have traveled and lived with people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and other places.