Here we go again. As reported by Michelle Malkin and Drudge, Democrats, faced with the delightful predicament of new real consequences, have decided it would be great to push more unwanted, highly-contested, and destructive legislation out upon the masses. Fortunately, it does not appear to have too great a chance at passing, but failure only gives the left a reason to point fingers and blame everything on the evil Republicans who want to eat our children and bludgeon minorities and the poor for sport.
In light of this development, I thought it would be a grand idea to lay out a simplistic vision of what I believe could actually fix our immigration system.
- Adjust immigration policies. We will never solve this problem by doing the same thing we have been doing. It is obvious that people south of the border are the current leaders in their desire to come to America. Our immigration policies should reflect that and allow for more legal immigration from these countries. They are going to come anyway, so we might as well know who they are. That is not meant as an excuse and it is a bitter pill to swallow, rewarding illegal behavior, but this is reality and we can’t live like progressives and deal with the world only in the manner that we believe it should function. Our country is not an experimental vacuum. It is high time to deal with what is, not just argue what should be.
- Remove the “anchor baby” loophole. Like a lot of legislation, this amendment to the constitution was well intended, and has worked to solve the problem for which it was designed. Unfortunately, in today’s America this legislation is exploited for intents well removed from its original purpose. These is no reason we should give citizenship to every child born in the USA. This privilege should be granted to the offspring of citizens, just as it is in every other country. Sadly because this loophole originated in a time of great oppression, opponents of immigration solutions race-bait the issue and confuse the public with accusations of “the man” coming to get you and put you back in chains! Why do we allow this to continue?
- Pay a fine, or go home. Sending the millions of illegals back to their home countries IS NOT realistic. It is ideal, but not real. Once again, we must live with the consequences of our previous actions or in-actions. We let them come here, for many it is not possible or practical for them to go “home”. Many do not even know what home is. It is for this reason that a fine could be imposed. It would seem realistic to utilise the dreaded IRS for the function of collecting these fines through tax withholding. A temporary status permit could be issued to all those wishing to stay and work through the price of admission. Others who find it easier could go home and take advantage of the new and realistic immigration policies. Anyone ever found to not be in possession of their permits would be deported with no ands, ifs, or buts.
- Want to become a citizen? Join the military. If you are able, join the military. I would be honored to have more citizens who want to be an American so badly they would risk thier own lives to do it. Even better, provide the incentive to bring legal status to one family member: a wife, a mother, sibling. This would give some others an option where no other exists, and help keep families together. This would be dependent on honerable service to our contry, of course, and give the individual complete citizenship and thier family stability.
- Build a fence of sorts. This is the last priority. Why, because this action only treats a symptom, not the problem. The symptom is people crossing the border illegally. The problem is we don’t have procedures in place to properly deal with the exodus of people from down south. The truth is we need them as citizens, but we don’t need lawbreakers and leaches. Our system is failing and these individuals, although well-intentioned, are accelerating our decline. Its not their fault the system is broken, it is ours.
– Independent Thinker