Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Solving the Immigration "Problem" . . .

We've all heard how congress has to pass a new immigration law because there are too many illegal immigrants hiding in the shadows, that these immigrants need a "path to citizenship" so we don't "divide families."


The problem isn't that we need a new law.  The problem is that we need the will to enforce the existing laws on the books that we already have --- and that when states try to do this on their own, that they be supported by their national government instead of being prosecuted by it (like Arizona).

If enforcement of existing laws is lacking, why should anyone expect enforcement of a new one?

And if the illegals don't respect our laws upon entry, why should they be expected to be law-abiding while they are here?

If immigration "reform" is passed, it will merely be the institutionalization of existing policy that benefits certain constituencies: The Republicans will get laborers for their mansions, farms, and factories.  The Democrats will get legions of supporters controlled by government handouts... But the American public, as usual, will get the shaft!

Contrast the behavior of our government with our friends, the Brits, across the pond. ‘Go home or face arrest’: UK anti-illegal immigrant ads face stiff criticism .

The British solution is simple:  Make it uncomfortable for people illegally present to stay ... and make it easy for them to leave.  

We can do this! If we need a "path to citizenship" so as to not "divide families," it should be "Go out the back door the way you came (we won't hold it against you) and come in the front door LEGALLY."



Anonymous said...

There isn't an Illegal Immigrant Problem! 55% of Illegal Immigrants come from Mexico and another 25% come from Latin America (thus usually through Mexico). Therefore we should call it what it is - an Illegal Mexican Problem.

Take care of that and the rest will be 10 times more manageable.

Anonymous said...

We do not have an immigration problem; we have an illegal immigration problem. As usual, the Beltway politians are trying to solve a problem by legislation that will worsen it. The last thing this country needs is more low skilled labor from Mexico. Stop the flow and then worry about who is already here. Then improve exisiting laws by enabling more skilled workers to immigrate.

Strikeslip said...

Good points, Anonymoi above.

But I have to disagree with the notion that enabling more skilled workers to immigrate is an "improvement." Before importing skilled labor we need to ask ourselves why, with our high unemployment, we are not generating the skilled labor internally. Burdensome regulations? Poor rates of pay? Government competition with too generous government benefits? Social breakdown? Or (probably the biggest culprit) a broken public education system? Allowing immigration of skilled workers to fill wanting jobs may be covering up for more serious systemic problems that need to be solved. (Like taking an asprin for cancer).

Anonymous said...

The global economy is dynamic and fast moving. The time it will take to reverse our academic decline, if it ever happens, we cannot afford. Combine that with falling birth rates and we face a non competitive skilled work force to at least some extent. Filling the void with the world's best and brightest cannot hurt in any way. It may even spur some realism in this country thus waking it up.

Anonymous said...

How nice to know that the Steve Jobs' of this Country will have an ample supply of cheap labor instead of having to build factories in China & other 3rd world hellholes. All in the guise of giving "opportunity" to immigrants. Anyone who believes that the powers who are pushing this garbage gives a rats azz about immigrants, I have a bridge I'd love to sell to you. It's in the desert.

Anonymous said...

I'd appreciate it if the last "anonymous" would publish the average wage and benefits of the current 76,000 Apple employees who work in this country. Of course Appple has low wage jobs on certain levels but the Apples of the world require and pay for brains wherever they may be from. Our immigration policy ought to encourage those "brains" to reside here.