Just as a change from today’s (everyday’s?) punditry, how about a realistic discussion of immigration policy?
First off, our immigration system isn’t “broken.” It’s not enforced. The difference is substantial.
For those unaware of our current – bipartisan, written by Ted Kennedy, passed by a Democrat Congress and signed by Reagan – immigration laws, here’s the deal. We allow legal immigration under defined circumstances from defined countries. We limit it to our benefit, which all nations do. We require that any immigrant be able to show a job or relatives committed to their support, and prohibit immigrants from becoming a drain on the public treasury.
This is common sense. Why would the citizens of America, who ostensibly are self-governing in our Republic, provide a legal way for others to come to our shore and demand a handout? No intelligent person dedicated to the Rule of Law or self-preservation would do so. Which is why Progressives support it; Progs on BOTH sides of the aisle…
Democrats demand illegal immigration for reasons of political power. Congressional districts are drawn-up based on total population – NOT voting population. The more illegals in a metro, the more House districts (and Electoral College votes) that metro gets. And since metros are blue and the House set at 435 seats by law, it’s a zero-sum game: More Dem seats, fewer adult seats (and Electoral College votes).
Once immigrants start to vote, they vote Democrat – for a time. But – conservatives have a HUGE majority in Congress and a larger majority among the States. As the Left likes to point out, we are a nation of immigrants. And, since the nation is voting in a big way lately for Republicans, obviously the longer immigrants are here, the more conservative they become. They, too, decide they don’t want to be robbed by newcomers demanding a handout.
But back to the whole “nation of immigrants” meme. This is true, so let’s look at it in detail.
With very few exceptions, illegal immigrants to the US come from countries with some form of self-government – republics, democracies. The health of those nations and their democracies is not the point; that’s the problem of those living in them (and if they really believed in governing themselves in healthy democracies, they’d stay at home and fix their own).
Because these illegals come from nations of self-rule (not dictatorships), they have a say in the laws under which they are/were governed. Whether they like those laws is immaterial; I don’t like some laws in the US, but the implicit contract of citizenship means I obey them anyway.
These nations all have laws regarding illegal aliens. Because they are democracies or republics, it is legitimate to claim that our illegal aliens are among those responsible for their nation’s immigration laws. It is logically correct to say that illegal immigrants from Mexico for example, support Mexico’s laws regarding illegal immigration: they voted or chose not to in the elections through which the government of Mexico was elected, and which passed and implemented those laws.
Americans need to accept that we are all immigrants; that we – almost – all came from a nation with some level of self-determination, that, by coming here, we wanted more self-determination, accepting the idea that we are responsible for our laws – as were these illegals when they were at home.
Therefore, the logical solution to our illegal immigration problem is twofold:
- Identify the home country of the illegal alien
- Apply that nation’s laws regarding illegal immigration to him or her.
Under this objective, reasonable policy for illegal aliens, we protect our borders, provide for immigrants, accept the fact that America is a land of immigrants, act in a multinational manner and keep illegals from overwhelming our welfare and electoral systems.
If the illegal is from Mexico, for example, take him or her back to the border and throw them out. No court intervention. No ability to buy property, get a phone, obtain access to utilities, education, welfare, hospital care, etc.
If the way Mexico treats illegal aliens is good enough for Mexicans, why should America treating them exactly the same way be unacceptable?
A reasonable way forward – how can anyone argue against it? By telling the government of Mexico their laws & policies for illegal immigrants suck?
Wouldn’t that be monocultural, imperialistic, unilateral… and mean?