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The most transformational event in American history continues to unfold, but both media coverage and public understanding of it remain limited in what is supposed to be the “information age.”

For the better part of the last 40 years, with only the quadrennial span from 2017 until 2021 providing a respite, an illegal invasion across our southern border has been conducted. It picked up again in January of last year, following the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Now, it is worse than ever.

And Arizona is “Ground Zero.”

Our nation’s “fiscal New Year’s Day” occurred on Oct. 1 of last year, and in the first two months of FY 2022, the Yuma Border Sector bore the brunt of illegal immigration. To say “migrant encounters” with U.S. Customs & Border Protection rose exponentially is putting it mildly — in numerical terms, they increased 2,647% from the same period 12 months earlier.

By December, while children in the city of Yuma sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” city officials realized that scores of people who entered the country illegally would precede the Jolly Old Elf.

During a five-day stretch early that month, more than 6,000 people entered the country illegally and made their way through the city limits; by Dec. 9 the influx forced Mayor Douglas Nicholls to declare a local “state of emergency.”

The mayor’s proclamation of emergency could be interpreted as an exercise in “diplomatic understatement.” Perhaps Mayor Nicholls perceived that politically correct language would find favor in the Biden White House, so the document described the “humanitarian crisis and threat of injury, damage and suffering to persons or property, including to the migrant families temporarily located in the city of Yuma.”

Nice touch, that.

If one thing has become crystal clear in the first year of Joe Biden’s residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it is that he and his administration place a higher emphasis on the well-being of noncitizens than the concerns and complaints of law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.

So, the mention of “migrant families” would attract interest from the Biden Bunch. After all, those people will wind up as citizens — and voters — as soon as Ol’ Joe and beleaguered House and Senate Democrats find enough “Open Border Republicans” to enact a total and unconditional amnesty.

And when that happens — if that happens — it would mean complete and abject surrender of our national sovereignty, rejection of our national heritage, and abdication of our capacity for self-governance.

Instead, our future would be controlled by “newcomers,” enticed by the promise of unfettered benefits passed along by their new relative — an indulgent “Uncle Sam.”

The political implications are obvious. But this goes far beyond the political equation.

Sadly, in post-9/11 America, politicians of both parties have failed to see this for what it is: a direct threat to our national security and our very survival.

Instead, they mistake it for a political problem to be managed… and exploited.

Sure enough, Gov. Doug Ducey paid a visit to Yuma two days prior to Mayor Nicholls issuing his emergency proclamation. Before the TV cameras, backed by state, local and federal officials, the governor was in fine fettle, at least politically speaking.

“Mr. President, do something, do anything,” he said.

While that press event was taking place, and within view of the TV cameras, some illegal aliens were doing something — they were unlawfully entering our nation.

The date that this contrast between political speech and unlawful action occurred?

Dec. 7. A date that already “lives in infamy” in American history.

Gee… do you think someone is trying to tell us something?