Published: Tuesday, May 6 2008 12:00 a.m. MDT
I knew it wasn't possible. The Southerland Institute has yet to come up with
any position or analysis that was thoughtful or complete. For a place that
claims to be a "think tank" there sure aren't many "thinks" to be found, yet
convincing thinkers to communicate them. Here again, they shill for
special interest groups. Give me a break. Why insult everybody by bringing
the Southerland Institute into the conversation?
Has the US moved more to the left or right politically since the first amnesty
in the 1980's? The answer to the question is fairly straightforward since we are
finishing up eight years of the alleged Republican Jorge Bush and the republican
nominee for President is "open borders McCain". Think big business interests
don't want nationalized health care? Of course, it's one less benefit they have
to offer employees. There is something really sinister going on when the
Government, Media and corporate interests all want increased immigration from
third world countries and the citizenry is screaming for it to end. Somebody has
to foot the overhead costs of Government and evidently us natives weren't
getting it done. What's going to happen when all these immigrants who are
paying peanuts into Social Security become eligible for full benefits? Taxes go
through the roof and voila.... the chains on the taxpayer just got much, much
heavier... but the big dogs will be happy
Paul,Send them over. I have room in my attic, cellar and living
room. There is always room in my inn.
In response to the post about enforcing the border first, then we can talk about
legalizing them.I am not taking the position of legalizing them. My
point was that someone so close to the issue for so long has taken a position
that many would scream is amnesty. For me it really struck home that any
solution is going to require different approachs.As for strict
enforcement up front, I agree though that will not solve the problem entirely.
It will slow it down significantly but we are then left with 20 million plus
already here. With a number that large it requires a degree of self-enforcement.
Having local law enforcement tie into ICE creates an environment in
which those here illegally are looking for a way to legalize. What if we had a
one or two year work visa that these people could apply to - from their country
of origin - then travel across the border easily. I could see many millions
doing that.That may not be the perfect answer but candidly, what
does a 20 million pound gorilla do? Answer, what ever it wants. We must provide
incentives to make any meaningful reform.
>>Sutherland recommends Utah lawmakers be guided by four "sentiments." First,
welcome all people of goodwill to the state... >second, don't make
law-enforcement officers or other Utahns serve as proxy for federal immigration
officials >third, pass laws that enhance "economic transparency," making it
possible for immigrants to be law-abiding >and fourth, encourage illegal
immigrants to be "thoroughly assimilated, literate and productive members of our
community.">>Too funny. No one can make anyone learn the language
or become assimilated.Further, a simple way to push assimilation is
to stop with the "for English press 1, for Spanish press 2," etc... which will
"What would Jesus do?"His position may well be spell out in the
statement: "Obey, honor, and sustain the law."
People keep harping on "comprehensive immigration reform." We don't need
reform. All that is necessary is to enforce immigration employment laws already
on the books.Require verification of legal status with the Social
Security Administration before hiring.Heavy fines for employers who
don't verify or who hire illegals.Very simple. Let illegals who are
here, stay. But I think, if they can't get work they will drift on home.
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