The issue of illegal immigration has been around as long as I’ve been alive, and then some. There have always been those who live in the shadows that have come to the United States for a better life. I’ve been to Mexico and have seen the squalor that many in the country lives in every day. If I lived in a third-world country like Mexico, I would probably do what I could to escape that life. That being said, they are still breaking the law by entering the United States illegally.
Those that simply want this “problem” to go away wish to grant amnesty to all of those 12-20 million illegals who reside in the land of the free and home of the brave. If my memory serves me right, this idea has been tried before in the 1980’s. I recall that President Reagan granted amnesty to several million illegals. Wow, that sure took care of the problem!
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz has his take on what we should do to “fix” the problem.
I have no idea if this new law in Arizona establishing harsher penalties on illegals will do the trick, but it sounds like the residents of the state have had enough (70 percent support the measure.) Some of the provisions discussed in the media sound a little hard to utilize, but it is a start.
Here is the problem I have with the whole amnesty deal – it doesn’t solve the problem! Anyone can go down the the local Home Depot and hire an illegal immigrant to do some yard work or off the books labor. The area I live in has several major orchards – I seriously doubt all of those fruit pickers are legal, but that is just mere speculation on my part. Granting amnesty to millions of illegals (stress on the word ILLEGAL) might bring them out of the shadows but will do nothing about the growing ranks of the unemployed. I wonder why President Obama is so hacked off. Hmmm…..
For immigration reform to work it has to be a concerted effort. The Federal Government has demonstrated they have no interest in pissing off the Latino community (I’m not convinced that that would actually happen, but what do I know) and seems to have little interest in actually fixing the problem. Hard choices have to be made and no one seems willing to buck up. That’s called kicking the ball down the field.
I’ll take this opportunity to republish my plan to help curb illegal immigration from my post on March 14, 2009:
If I were President of the United States, here would be my 5-Point plan:
1. Send US troops down to the border to stop the flow of illegals.
2. Make sure the fence is secure with no gaps. If we do some type of environmental damage, so be it. The illegals inflict more damage near the border than anyone else.
3. Go after employers that hire illegals and fine them, maybe put the owners in jail. Start with the big companies and work you way down. With the threat there, many of the problems will cure themselves. Plenty of jobs for Americans presently out of work.
4. Deny any social benefits to illegals. If it’s an emergency situation, treat the injury, and send them packing. If a child has been born here and is considered a US citizen, let them go packing also. Parents who come to the US to have a child just so they are US Citizens is a ridiculous idea and should be repealed.
5. Continue to enforce the laws currently on the books and strike the term “Amnesty” from our language. Amnesty policies only create more illegals. (Hear that Reagan and W?)
Sounds as good today as when I wrote it last year.
Of course, this is just my opinion.
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