Wednesday, June 19, 2013

On Immigration 06/19/2013

With the Republican Party being somewhat introspective about how it approaches immigration reform, I thought I'd take some time to opine... more than 140 characters.

If you came here illegally in the first place (with exceptions like those seeking political asylum from places such as Cuba), the Government should do its job and deport you. They won't, of course, but they should.

You broke the law. By definition, you're an illegal. End of story. But, that's not really the whole story.

There is some validity to the claims that illegal immigrants are doing jobs that Americans simply will not do. Some jobs are far less profitable, even with State Minimum wage laws in effect, than just sitting around and collecting welfare or unemployment compensation. Want to fix the system? 6 months unemployment/welfare. After that, you work in jobs "Americans won't do" or you starve. People must again become uncomfortable in poverty.

Why oppose creating a path to citizenship for the 10+ million illegal immigrants already here, many of whom are just looking for a better life? Wouldn't it just be "nicer" and more "moral" to just allow them to stay and be part of the American dream? It would be "nicer", but we're either a nation of laws, or we're not. If I get caught speeding, I get a ticket. If I get caught texting a driving, I get a ticket. If I shoplift, I get thrown in jail. If you come here illegally, you get deported.

I won't pretend that there is not also a political motive behind this (on both sides). Democrats want 10+ million more (mostly) hispanic voters because they break 60-40 for the Democrat candidate. Why then, would any sane Republican want to pass amnesty? I have a theory. You may not like it, but here it is.

I think the establishment GOP wants the Republican Party to be forced to the left. Millions more Progressive-Socialist leaning voters will force elected Republicans to tack hard to the left because the only way to remain competative with the Dems will be to offer more free goodies and handouts. That suits many "Republican Leaders" just fine. Then they won't have to listen to stingy, mean Conservatives anymore. They will be able to dole out the earmarks and goodies to their constituents just like in the old days!

Consider this comment from Pennsylvania Congressman and House Transportation chairman Bill Shuster

"At some point we have to bring [earmarks] back."

Very revealing about the mentality of these "leaders".

Obviously, border security must be strengthened and a border fence is a good start but, as Governor Rick Perry famously said during one of the 2012 Presidential Primary debates

"if you build a 30-foot wall, the 35-foot ladder business gets really good."

Perry's fellow Texan, Senator Ted Cruz, offered an amendment that would triple the number of boarder patrol agents on the boarder with Mexico.
We also need to make it easier for people to gain legal citizenship through immigration. I support a move to allow more people to legally come to America and become part of the great melting pot.

There are those who support ending "birthright" citizenship where you are granted citizenship simply by being born in America. This would require amending the Constitution, specifically, the 14th Amendment. I do not support this. If the parents are deported because they came here illegally, they may of course take their children with them but I would also like to see faith based charities empowered to take care of these children should their parents wish to have them remain and grow up in America.

This brings me to my final point. The GOP DOES have a racism problem. We saw that effect when Rick Perry's Presidential campaign (before "oops") began to implode just because he was -nice- to the children of illegal immigrants. I think I take a pretty hard line when it comes to immigration but if a State Governor wishes to allow children of illegals to obtain in state rates for education, I don't have any objection to that. It is an issue decided by the state and it isn't like they're getting government handouts, they're just paying a reduced rate. I would rather have the children obtain the education (that they're still paying for) and be productive members of society than have them be uneducated and dependent on state welfare (don't kid yourselves. Illegals are able to obtain welfare with very little are plenty of otherwise able bodied American citizens).

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