...and again, nothing has changed. There are at least twelve million illegal aliens in this Nation, and it appears that they are going to be allowed to stay. Allowed by any politico who has had a voice on the subject, because all the plans of both parties include a "path to citizenship", i.e., Amnesty for their crimes of illegally entering and remaining in this Nation.
My position has not changed. My position says that US law has defined them as criminals, no matter what public policy might be in ignoring that law or that status of those people. In this Nation, you follow the law, or you are an outlaw, and immigration law is perfectly clear: as an alien, you may not remain in this country if you have committed crimes, particularly felony crimes.
We all know why the Demoncrats and Rethuglicans both want to give the illegals amnesty: they want to buy their votes. That's the 900# gorilla in the room, but it's also the way out of this mess.
The way out is to make it desireable for the aliens to leave. They have to WANT to leave. We make them WANT to leave by making it economically unfeasible for them to live here. Here's how I would do that:
- Throw the switch. End the transfer of dinero back to their home countries. Pass a law requiring that all persons wanting to transfer money to a foreign address prove their citizenship and if not a citizen of the US, show their US entry visa. I traveled extensively in Europe as a kid, some ten years after WW2, and my parents and I had to show our "papers" to everyone, even to hotel clerks to get a room. If you have "papers", you're not afraid to show them. When the illegals can't transfer their money, a black market for doing so will spring up, and when it does, our efficient Federal agants can seize ALL that money, probably enough to pay their way. For those who DO have visas, tax their dinero 15%. That will go some distance towards paying for the horrible bill that this immigration mess has caused. In my State of Oregon, it is well over 30% of the social welfare budget and the education budget.
- We have a "path to citizenship" already. It's called Naturalization, and it works. My paternal grandfather was naturalized, along with his wife. Let's enforce the Naturalization process, maybe streamline it some (although it's pretty easy already), and all those industrious individuals wishing to become US citizens can do so.
- Give out more work visas, but have a vigorous program of checking up on the workers. The FIRST time they switch jobs without reporting it, they are gone. No exceptions.
- End the "born in the USA" birthright, aka "anchor babies". End tuition assistance for illegals and their children. End the free rides wherever they exist. We save billions of bucks, and the illegals will want to get legal faster.
- Allow and even encourage local and State law enforcement to help enforce Federal Immigration law instead of discouraging them from doing so as now happens. That quintuples the enforcement resources immediately, and furthermore, puts those resources out of the political control of DeeCee, from which all this corruption in border control comes.
- Fence? We don't need no steenking fences, we need the Army. End of discussion.
All nations are entitled to secure their borders for the purposes of internal security. Some do a better job than others. All of them do a better job than we're doing, because of our politically corrupt idea of allowing illegal immigration for the purposes of packing voter rolls and buying cheap labor. Until that corruption stops, and I don't see that happening anytime soon, because both parties want to pack their voter rolls with hispanics, the problem can't be solved.
Isn't there something more important to be discussed, such as our impending collapse of the economy?