Immigration

June 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Posted in law | 5 Comments
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Ok, I realize I’m running a risk here even bringing up the subject, but I’m curious and I just have to know.

This is directed at people who believe this country’s immigration system is broken, and that, more than anything, is responsible to the preponderance of illegal immigrants. I understand that we as a country are in a bad situation here. So many people in this country are illegal, don’t pay taxes, don’t have insurance, use public services, etc. I also understand that some heavy-handed ways that local governments (most notably that of Arizona) are dealing with it can justifiably be considered inhumane, racist, etc.

I don’t want to talk about that. Well, I do, but not in a negative sense. The statements in the above paragraph (paraphrased from what I’ve heard over the past few months) are negative statements. “The system is broken.” “The current immigration laws are archaic.” “Arizona’s policies are unjust.” These are all negative statements. They say what shouldn’t be done, or what needs to be changed.

That’s fine, but I haven’t heard anybody say what we should do instead. The system is broken? Fine, how do we fix it? What is a *sustainable* immigration policy this country should adopt? For all the protests, news broadcasts, interviews, etc. that I’ve seen (I haven’t done an exhaustive search) that’s one thing I haven’t seen. It seems to me that if you (general you) want change to happen, you have to have a reasonable alternative to the status quo. Such an immigration policy needs to include a border strategy, what to do with the illegal immigrants who are already here, etc.

I googled “sustainable immigration policy” and the first few hits were unhelpful. The first link had some reasonable thoughts on the subject, but no concrete suggestions on how to realize them.

Too many articles, blogs, FB posts, etc. are crying about the plight of illegal immigrants who “through no fault of their own” live in America, do not fit into mainstream society, live in constant fear of being deported, and so on. Fine, how do we change the system, or fix the ineffectual enforcement of the current system, that allowed these poor people to be in this situation to begin with? And how do we do it in a way that is in the best interests of the United States?

Yes, I realize I, with this post, have also done nothing to help the situation. But I think I’m asking constructive questions in the right direction.

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