Immigration is one of those hot button topics, opinions vary from a complete amnesty to round’em all up and herd them back across the borders.
There’s a dynamic to this that makes just about any position a person elects to take onerous.
To begin with there are something like eleven million “illegal” immigrants in this country based on imaginary lines known as boundaries that have been drawn – the task of locating, detaining, and ultimately deporting them all would be monumental in both man hours and cost – a cost that would fall to taxpayers just as everything else does and probably run into the hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars.
I don’t believe anyone should be denied medical access based on citizenship, nor should a family go hungry, another aspect of the dynamic as the costs associated with that also fall to the taxpayer.
The Dems want to allow those who fall into the category of “illegals” the right to vote, which I am opposed to and can’t think of another country that allows this, but it’s a purely political strategy as the Dems see it as a way to increase their base and hopefully win elections.
That no doubt is a major reason why the Reps are opposed as they know that such a voting bloc would find little if anything they have to offer worth voting for.
Proposals are modified depending on which way the wind is blowing, nonetheless both sides of the political spectrum seem to agree that any approach taken must be predicated on securing the borders.
No country wants to accept the criminal element of another, a lesson if previously unknown driven home during the Carter administration when Cuba emptied it’s prisons sending them to America.
Granted among those prisoners were those guilty of little more than dissent, but also rapists, murderers, and drug dealers.
Border walls are now being built that in some way are reminiscent of the Berlin Wall to me, though the explanation is they are intended to keep people out rather than in. The fact that while they do keep people out they also keep people in and was seen as efficacious by East Germany, sort of a side benefit.
Drones are also being used to patrol borders and that will surely evolve into a sky full of drones crisscrossing this nation as part of the domestic spying agenda.
In the end immigration is a thorny issue with opinions driven by a main stream corporate media that reflects either the conservative or liberal ideology of ownership and ultimately serves no other purpose than to stir the pot and advance said ideology.
I believe as a matter of necessity some form will be the way of it providing a “road” to citizenship.
But another reality of this dynamic is the economic one related to jobs, suppressed wages, and the undeniable truth that immigration floods the job market, creates competition for available positions, and keeps wages low as it becomes entirely an employer’s market.
The history of exploiting immigrants and “illegals” is well established, from the Irish to the Mexicans, the Chinese and Japanese, or any other ethnicity you can name, that hasn’t and isn’t going to change when a nations own working class is routinely exploited.
There are something like fifty million people on food stamps in this country, that is the direct result of an instilled poverty brought about by low wages, more applicants than positions, and the exportation of jobs to foreign workers supported by sweetheart legislation singularly designed to increase the profit margin of corporate gluttony.
If the immigration issue is to be addressed in meaningful fashion this exportation of jobs must also be part and parcel of the discussion – if not wages will remain stagnant and more families will fall through the cracks.
Regardless of a persons views on immigration it is what it is and will continue in some fashion, the approach can be either foolhardy, draconian, or reasoned.
I’m inclined to think that from a purely economic viewpoint a moratorium might not be a bad idea, a moratorium on future immigration that would allow the economy to stabilize and the inequity of wages earned to be rectified – in essence to address the very real needs of this countries own, to prioritize them over voting considerations and corporate profits.
America has enough poor as it is, it is both unjust and in fact cruel to expand that demographic under any pretense.
As nations the indigenous people of this country, this entire hemisphere, have been reduced to the immigrant status of exploitation and poverty, that doesn’t lend itself to a conviction that the approach taken to deal with immigration will be honorable one – what it should do though is to compel people to educate themselves, to become familiar with the nuances and ramifications, all of them, and set aside the flag waving frothing at the mouth and the myopia of devout partisanship to arrive at an informed and reasoned decision rather than allowing the media or politicians with agendas to steer them along.
And a final word – those flag waving , gun totin’, “patriots” would do well to remember they are the descendents of immigrants themselves, many of which were exploited and lived in poverty.