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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Immigration Reform, In Search Of Answers and Solutions

By Scott McLean

Oftentimes in politics, solutions are difficult to arrive at. Issues seem to be debated forever. And answers continue to elude those asking the questions...

The following are but a few of the questions politicians are asking these days:

What to do about the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States? What to do to prevent millions more from sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border?

Those issues are now being considered by the U.S. Congress, something that should have been done years ago.

Are there 11 or 12 million illegal immigrants, as we are told over and over, or is the number even larger? Clearly, federal and state social services, paid for by taxpayers, are overburdened now by the wave of immigrants.

The emotional debate over immigration is understandable, yet Congress should neither bow to pressure to do next to nothing (grant amnesty and move on), nor just put up a barrier, which could be viewed by other countries as U.S. isolationism.

Anyone following American politics realizes compromise is a defining characteristic of U.S. Congress. Unfortunately, Congress and the President let the the illegal immigration get out of control, and only now is an effort being made to address it.

Of course the idea of amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants is not a popular one, and President Bush gave reasons for his opposition to amnesty in his radio address, which is also found in printed form as a White House press release.

The President wants Congress to pass a temporary worker program as part of immigration reform, instead of providing amnesty, which would amount to giving citizenship to illegal immigrants.

Why should illegal immigrants be allowed to stay when so many people from all over the planet are waiting to immigrate legally? Special treatment for illegal immigrants would not be fair to illegal immigrants.

Recently, protests by and for illegal immigrants brought attention to their demands to remain in the United States, yet the rallies were not given much critical scrutiny by mainstream media.

Observing such a spectactle may cause voters to wonder whether they, too, need to hold rallies in order to gain the attention of the media and Congress.


At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Roni said...

Interesting blog.

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At 7:26 PM, Blogger JasonSpalding said...

Cheap labor at all costs? We have seen in France what happens.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Americans First said...

Nice blog,

You are right Scott. Now how can we motivate the silent majority into action? It seems that the minority (no matter the issue) activists are more likely to get attention from the main stream media or congress than people that actually vote.

At 11:18 PM, Blogger 林時拉夫斯基 said...

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Just noticed that you've put down The Matrix and Memento as your favourite films. I also like them a lot.

Do you write about films in your blog?

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Swagy said...

The immigration issue currently being debated in the US has a particular interest to me. I am an immigrant to the US; I might add I immigrated legally and at some financial cost. Immigration is not only important to the US but imperative for the continued economic survival of this land.

I have no beef with the poor Mexican people coming to our shores to work and feed their families, I do however, take some issue with the blood sucking leaches that employ them at below market rates so that they can have a maid or gardener or pick their corps and make more money.

The solution to the problem is not to persecute the poor immigrant but to enforce the existing laws on employing illegal workers, and to really make those that employ those here illegally pay dearly for their crimes.

That alone would go a long way to solving the many problems posed by having so many people in the country that are here illegally. In My Humble Opinion.



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