by Amanda Chen and Rob Roman
With over 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally (as of 2011), the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.
“Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increasedmoney in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.
Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.”
How many times have you heard “Deport them all!” ? Someone who says this must not have thought this through. To round up, isolate and deport 11,000,000 people would be one of the largest ans most expensive programs in history. People who say that are really saying “Let’s do Nothing”. Neither of these is a solution.
Given that we are not going to deport 11 million illegal aliens, what do we do? Whatever we do we need to tighten up on border crossings. Almost everyone can agree on that. Border crossers endanger their own lives, travelling through miles and miles of desert. They’re violating the law and it’s a security probelm due to crime and terrorism. So, we can start there.
Then there is the controversy caused by people who want the border sealed shut before anything else is done about immigration. These are the same people who advocate doing nothing about the immigration problem.
A second problem with that is a human rights problem. In America, we do not want second class (non-)citizens. America has a bold history of equal rights, equal protections, and equality before the law.
A third problem is that aliens are intermingled with legal citizens. Sometimes, illegals marry legals. Illegals have children on American soil, and they are therefore American citizens. Illegals live with friends and family members who are in the USA legally. To arrest and harrass the illegal family members deprives the legal children of their rights and their futures.
So, the only real controversy should be a pathway to legality vs. a pathway to citizenship.
- Seal the border
- Only after the border is completely sealed….
- Force illegal aliens to register, get in the back of the line to become a legal alien
- Arrest the ilegal aliens who refuse to register, jail an deport them
No Amnesty, No Citizenship
- Seal the border
- While the border is being sealed….
- Allow illegal aliens to register, get in the back of the line
- Become a legal alien, pay fines and back taxes, learn English
- Travel a 13-year path to Citizeship
- Arrest the illegal alians who refuse to register
With the Conservative solution we are back to the problem of having second class non-citizens which is just not what America is supposed to be about. Conservatives believe that illegal aliens should never be rewarded for breaking the law.
This is not a continuous solution, however. It is a way to solve a long running problem of 11 million illegal aliens. Once there are few people crossing the border illegally, this will be a one-time but long term solution.
Conservatives will say that the Liberal solution is just a scheme to get an extra 11 million liberal voters. Where do they get this idea? Most illegal aliens are hard-working, very relgious, and entrepreneurial. There is no reason to assume they will all vote for only liberal candidates.
Some conservatives acknowledge that they need to do something about immigration reform in order to compete for the latino vote. Other conservatives believe that they do not have to move on immigration reform but need only elect a Presidential candidate with a latino name such as Cruz or Rubio.
Immigration Reform is something we need done right away. There is no other real solution but to offer a path to citizenship. Conservatives have a big opportunity to reclaim a healthy share of the Latino vote, and they have more than 13 years to compete for the votes of the 11 million.
Cultural Evolution Solutions
Here’s a really
great terrible idea, conservatives. Just continue to do nothing. Pretend you want immigration reform. Stall until 2016, in the hopes of winning the Senate or and/or the Presidency. That would be a really great idea bad mistake.