This is an insightful letter and includes many compelling solutions. I
wholeheartedly agree with each of these points, with the one exception being the
state-sponsored immigration centers. While such an organization is needed, this
demand could be filled by the private sector. I am sure that there are many
naturalized former immigrants who see the need for this and would be willing to
help.As an addendum to the fourth point that deportation is costly
and ineffective, I would submit that the enforcement that is a necessary part of
any reform be focused on enforcing existing laws against those who hire illegal
workers. Businesses have access to E-Verify and should be able to verify legal
status of those they hire. I am grateful for people who see immigration reform
as a human issue. Two basic principles must guide our efforts going forward:
respect for individuals as children of God while also maintaining respect for
the rule of law and our nation's treasured institutions.
Dear Twin Lights,It is rare to see LDS members defend President
Obama’s faith. (Especially in Utah) Why do I not see more members defend
another person’s beliefs if it is different than their own? Posts such as yours earn my respect.
@anti-liar:"I don't believe that very many of them actually
forget."'Forget to go home' is a play on words."I believe that indeed most of them take out visas with a
premeditation for violating the terms of that visa. That by the way is visa
fraud -- a Felony."Of course you're absolutely right.
What are now illegal immigrants want to be here and we need their labor. They
would prefer to be here legally, we would prefer they were here legally. Of
course we need to take a look at the number of visas issued. There simply
isn't enough to fill the need.We need to be compassionate, but
we should also try to accomplish things legally. Tweaking the visas is an
In 2010 3.5 million visas and green cards were given out. With 23 million people
looking for full time work, that's an absurd number per year.A Visas
purpose is to fill jobs our labor market can't. There are very few
instances where there is a honest need, and not just an employer that wants
cheap labor. Amnesty is not a serious option. The people came here
illegally for jobs, and committed multiple felonies. They should not be rewarded
for their dishonest actions. If we provide a path to citizenship, the bulk will
end up on our welfare rolls. Business hires them because they work cheap, as
citizens, this is no longer an option. They will be laid off in time, as
business looks to the next wave of illegal immigration, and cheap labor. Between
the new wave of immigration and 12 million people we will see the surplus labor
bubble burst, and another recession.All options except for
enforcement, will end up in furthering the problem, and only make it worse.
@wrz"... they come on visas and forget to go home when the visa
expires."I don't believe that very many of them actually
forget. I believe that indeed most of them take out visas with a premeditation
for violating the terms of that visa. That by the way is visa fraud -- a
Felony.@LGJHERE"Many bring skills and a willingness
to work hard to make their dreams a reality..."The problem is
that many of them do not also bring with them a basic respect for this country,
its customs, and its people -- which is why they should NEVER be granted amnesty
or legalization of any type, ever. There just are too many millions of people
who actually love the country and what it stands for and who therefore are far
more deserving of consideration.
There's a difference between a visitor and a permanent resident for a
reason. The country cannot accommodate everyone that wants to come here.
Immigration therefore should not be easy. "Immigrants should be
able to do these things without fear of deportation." First,
they are not bona fide immigrants; they are hostile invaders of a sovereign
nation (hostile to its customs, borders and laws). Second, they absolutely
SHOULD be fearful on account of their illegality. I will agree with
you on this, however: deportation, or a free airplane trip home to visit
relatives, is an insufficient deterrent to illegal immigration. That is why in
addition to deportation there also should be jail and/or prison time, fines, and
confiscation of property. The REAL solution to illegal immigration
is, number one, foreign nationals respecting the borders, laws, and customs of a
sovereign nation; two, enforcing the law with regard to those who don't,
instead of rewarding them. Allowing them to stay here makes a mockery of the
law. It is bad for the country. And it is unfair.
Either we have laws, or we don't. This writer wrongly assumes that
it's okay to violate our laws. It isn't, never has been. The result
of ignoring our laws is ultimately anarchy.The solution to our
illegal alien problem is simple, that is to enforce existing laws. Maybe we
need more work VISA's, and maybe we don't, but until we have an
accurate count we cannot know.The problem has been caused by greedy
and disrespectful business interests who intentionally do not want to follow the
law, who want to pass along to the taxpayer as much of their costs as they can.
It is called greed, pure and simple. Nothing more.To make matters
worse, these greedy interests buy off and manipulate our legislature, people who
are elected to represent our people. Our general population, at least in regard
to this issue, is not represented - at all.
Alfred,Most illegal immigrants are not skilled when they come. But
they are not indolent. They are some of the hardest workers I know.Pres. Obama is not an immigrant.There is no such thing as the
Hispanic language. The language is Spanish.
@LGJHERE:"... immigrants are a major force in America as they
are in other nations. Many bring skills and a willingness to work hard to make
their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years
ago."Did you ever contemplate how bringing the skilled, willing
to work, devastates the country of origin? How is it that America thinks it
should have all the world's talented? Our immigration laws not only
protect other countries by keeping the skilled and willing home in their native
countries, it also helps the US by keeping the indolent, drug-pushing, riff-raff
out, who come only for a free ride.We need strong enforcement of our
immigration laws. The way it is now we essentially have no borders or laws
since almost anyone who wants to can come here... and stay. To have strong
enforcement we need to kick Barack Hussein Obama out of our White House. Not
only is he possibly an immigrant himself, he indiscriminately violates our
immigration laws.And another thing... much of our immigration
originates in Latin American countries, whose native language is Hispanic. If
we don't watch we'll soon be the same.
I have an easier way to solve the problem. So far nobody is looking at the
cause, or why illegal immigrants come here. They come because they can earn
more money here than they can in their home countries.To remove the
incentive, we can take care of multiple problems at the same time.First, take all the able bodied individuals on welfare programs, or beyond 6
months of unemployment, and allow local companies to hire them for $1/hr with
the rest of their wage covered by the benefits they are already receiveing.
Employers would only be allowed to keep the welfare employee for 12 months
maximum before they would be sent to another employer.If you wonder
what to do with the kids of some of the able bodied, they would go to daycare
centers with 1 permanent supervisor, and the rest of the positions filled with
welfare recipiants.Once employers can hire an able bodied person for
$1/hr, it will put the cost of labor so low that the illegal immigrants will be
forced out because they cannot afford to work for less than $1/hr.
An interesting new book that helps explain the role, struggles, and
contributions of immigrants is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America
From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government,
business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for
those foreigners who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by
ambassadors, educators, and editors, it also informs Americans who want to learn
more about the U.S. and how we compare to other countries around the world on
many issues. As the book points out, immigrants are a major force in America as
they are in other nations. Many bring skills and a willingness to work hard to
make their dreams a reality, something our founders did four hundred years ago.
In describing America, chapter after chapter identifies “foreigners”
who became successful in the US and contributed to our society. However, most
struggle in their efforts and need guidance and a helping hand.
Great solution. To eliminate the problem of illegal immigration, just make it
legal.The writer assumes the problems of illegal immigration to be
the difficulties faced by the immigrant. WRONG.The problem of
illegal immigration and the business inspired immigration is the disruption and
destruction of the American society by wages that are lower than the result of
the American market. These people not only bring their low wages,
they bring the economic oppression from their homeland that they are fleeing.
Immigration problems will cease as soon as the American worker and society falls
to the same level as in the immigrants homeland. But they are not
allowed to bring the low market prices to American consumers that they had in
@wigglwagon:"Visas are available. That is how we get a million
legal immigrants every year."Yes, and that's how we get
about half of the illegals who are here today... they come on visas and forget
to go home when the visa expires.-----------------------The function of the visa program is to control who and how many immigrants
come here. We can't take the whole world in or even those who would like
to come, which amounts to possibly hundreds of millions. We don't have the
room or the jobs to accommodate.The way to solve the illegal
immigration problem is:1. Stop giving amnesty, which by the way,
violates federal law.2. Heavily fine any employer (with even one
employee), who hires an illegal.3. Take away all, ALL benefits including
free schooling, and free medical.4. Stop electing people who are illegal
immigrants themselves or who have a soft spot in their hearts (brain).We can't continue with ignoring our immigration laws. It's unfair
to US citizens whose jobs illegals take and it's unfair to potential
immigrants who faithfully stand in line to get a chance to come legally.
It seems that the author wants to change the immigration laws so that people who
violated those immigration laws will be rewarded. We should follow the
immigration laws as written so that those who violated the immigration laws will
be subjected to the laws that they violated. We should also pass the E-Verify
system on a national level and fine and or jail all company owners or officers
who hire illegal aliens.
The penalty for employers of illegal aliens should be mandatory sentences of
$15,000 fines and 2 years in jail per illegal worker. That and deportation of
the illegal workers would put an immediate end to the problem.
Yes, but then add one more: Severe punishment for employers who hire illegal
workers -- and strict enforcement of laws to that end.
Some common sense points.
"One, more visas should be available."Visas are available.
That is how we get a million legal immigrants every year. How many would be
enough? The bottom line is that those who become illegals think
they are better than the people who are already in line in front of them.