|In the interest of full
disclosure let me say up front that I don't have a drop of Native
American blood in me. The nearest I'm related to the
population of the United States would be from before
they crossed over the Bering Strait land bridge during the last Ice
Age. I am pure immigrant and some of it's very recent because
mother immigrated to the United States. Although I was born
mother hadn't received her American citizenship when I was born so I
was born to a citizen of another country. (It took about ten
after my parents were married for my mother to become a U.S. citizen.)
So if I were against immigration that would be less
myself in the foot and more like wiping out my entire existence.
doubt the cross-continental pollination that resulted in my
have happened without the U.S. history of immigration. (And
when I say
cross-continental I mean it: Part of my family's from an island off
coast of a continent while part of it's from an island off the eastern coast of
the same continent with about 6,000 miles between the islands.)
I'm a big supporter of immigration. And I wholeheartedly
immigrants having a path to citizenship. I especially approve
the accelerated path to citizenship for any immigrant who serves
honorably in the U.S. military.
What I don't support is illegal
immigration. To use the old saw......My mother came here
I expect other people who want to be here to jump through the
hoops to be here legally the same way my mother had to.
Recently there's been a lot of news coverage of the support for
changing the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment to no longer give
automatic citizenship to any baby born in the U.S. (birthright citizenship).
Part of the reasoning to do this is to eliminate "anchor
admit I don't grasp the concept behind "anchor babies."
someone had a child born here in the U.S., we're supposed to be
reluctant to deport them? Personally, the idea
of deporting the parents doesn't bother me at
all. As far as I'm concerned just because
an American citizen, doesn't give the parents
any rights to stay here.
Now I'm not saying we forcibly separate the child from the
They are the parents --- that gives them certain rights such
make decisions for a minor child. The parents
can decide if
they want the child to leave the country with them or if they want the
child to stay in the U.S. without them. If the parents decide to
leave the child in the U.S., then the
child can be placed with a relative that is here legally or put into
the foster care system. If the parents decide to
the child with them, the child is a U.S. citizen and can always return
later. (And do
not --- I mean, do not
--- even try
to equate the child leaving with the parents as we "deported" the
children. I grew up in a military family. I all too
understand the concept that children go where the parents say they go
and that the U.S. government can have a say in where the parents go.
As children we were dragged from pillar to post, including
But the reality is we have
been deporting the parents. A quick Google search will turn
up multiple cases. The New
York Times reported we deported more than 100,000 parents
of children born in America. So I'm not sure if "anchor
actually exist in practical terms. As far as I know the only
advantage of having a child who's a U.S. citizen is that when the child
grows up he or she can sponsor the parents for immigration (legal
immigration this time as opposed to the illegal method used earlier).
And if that's what people have a problem with, the answer is
simply to disqualify
the parents from immigration.
The major problem isn't the babies. It's that the parents and
other illegal aliens* are here, period.
politicians will say something to the effect that we can't deport X
million people. I use "X" because the number keeps changing.
What doesn't change is every time I hear "We can't deport X
million people" or "There's too many to deport" I get the urge to slap
the speaker upside the head. (Fortunately, even if I were
enough to slap them, I go by the legal opinion that
"Your right to swing your arms ends
just where the other man's nose begins" so I'd restrain the impulse no
matter how badly my hand itched.) I don't know what I hate
politicians being disingenuous or that the politicians think we, the
American public, are too stupid to notice they're being disingenuous.
that statement of we can't deport X million people is an example of
both. Of course we can't deport X million people.
If they can't
work or live here, they'll deport themselves.
How to make it so illegal aliens cannot live or work here?
These would be my suggestions:
- Require employers
to verify that anyone they hire can work here
legally. There's already
a voluntary government program (E-Verify) in place to do exactly
that. Make the
individual or small business (as defined by the Small Business
Administration) who hires someone without verification and
person turns out to be here illegally faces a $500 fine per
per day for the length of their employment.
- For big businesses the
fine shall be $5000 per person per day for the length of their
I know I'm shouting into
wind ---- no, into a hurricane. I know none of that is going
done because it would depend upon Congress to do it. And
two things: Republicans and Democrats.
- Housing property owned by
people who are not here legally is subject to confiscation.
properties must verify that anyone they rent to are here legally and must maintain records
of the verification.
that verification was not done and the renter turns out to
illegally, there will be a fine equal to 5 times the rent for the
duration of the rental period.
|Guest Worker Program:
do not know if a Guest Worker Program can work. There's a Time
Magazine article with some food for thought on the subject, (Can a Guest Worker Program Work?
-- Time Magazine)
But I'd be willing to try one as long as:
will have to pay to apply for the program. The application fee will
cover the costs of background checks both here and in the country of
Guest workers would be subject to the exact same laws
(minimum wage, working conditions, etc.) as all of the other workers
here in the U.S.
I would even allow people who are already here
illegally to apply for the guest worker program as long as they can
pass the background checks.
And I do think the
guest worker program should be a route to permanent residency and
citizenship. However, anyone in the program must show respect for U.S.
laws by leaving the country after their job is over and not returning
until they have another job.
|The Democrats won't do
it ---- to tell you the truth, I'm not sure just why the Democrats
won't do it. I'm a Democrat and I don't know what the
Illegal immigrants can't vote, only citizens can.
Do the Democrats think
any citizen who's of the same ethnicity as the illegal immigrants is
to vote for them?? Have enough illegal aliens fraudulently
registered to vote to swing elections? (And since Republicans
are also pro-illegal immigration why would the illegal aliens only vote
The reason why the
Republicans won't do it is
crystal clear. Cheap
labor. Too many of the businesses that support
the Republican politicians depend upon the cheap labor of illegal
Ask any member of
Congress and they'll all say they're for securing our borders.
it's funny how the very people with the power
to do anything about the problem are the very people who aren't doing
anything about it.
* If you have a problem wiith the term "illegal
alien," from Dictionary.com
1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or
without the country's authorization.
foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa,
especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or
who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or
businessperson. Compare resident alien.
Also called illegal immigrant.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.
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