Published: Saturday, Feb. 22 2014 8:00 a.m. MST
Wait a minute... It was my understanding that immigrants come here to take the
jobs that Americans don't want or can't do... such as picking apples
and lettuce, making beds in motels and the like. How is it that these jobs need
a college education?The bottom line is simply that the US
doesn't need more workers. We have millions of unemployed sitting home,
drawing unemployment checks paid from the American taxpayer and/or borrowed
money. Many American workers have even stopped looking for work because
there's none out there... and what there is is being gobbled up by the
illegal, undocumented as well as the legal documented (visa, etc.) immigrant.The US will never get its house in order until it can solve the
immigration (legal and illegal) problem. And we can see that the current White
House occupant has no plans to deal with the problem... except to encourage more
of the same.
If we give them schooling leading to citizenship (an unable to sponsor their
parents), will we deport their parents for breaking our immigration and work
laws. Will we fine and jail businessmen for hiring their parents here illegally?
If we don't it's an open invitation for parents in other countries to
ignore our laws, and bring their children here for an education, citizenship and
sponsor their family. Until we enforce our laws, amnesty for children brought
here is amnesty for the parents and extended family, and amnesty for business.
"The way to help those who want to come to Utah illegally is to
let them know before they come that in Utah we live by the rule of law. And, if
they come here illegally, they will experience much unnecessary hardship.While some immigration stories are interesting tales of personal
struggle, the failure of deceptive legislation that would grant amnesty is a
national indicator that legality must not be based on convenience or individual
circumstance. When it is, everyone expects to be the exception and the rule of
law crumbles into meaninglessness."--Arturo Morales-Llan,
founder of Legal Immigrants for Immigration Law Enforcement.
@SLars:"If we give them schooling leading to citizenship (an unable to
sponsor their parents), will we deport their parents for breaking our
immigration and work laws."No, else they would have been
deported by now."Will we fine and jail businessmen for hiring
their parents here illegally?"No, or they would have been fined
and jailed by now."If we don't it's an open invitation
for parents in other countries to ignore our laws, and bring their children here
for an education, citizenship and sponsor their family."It's happening as we speak, in spades. The answer to the illegal
immigration problem seems to be just let them live here and get by the best they
can without attaining citizenship. Such a life would, apparently, be far
greater then returning to the country of origin.
First off, ONE THIRD of all foreign-born are here illegally. When you add those
who received some form of amnesty along the way, ONE HALF are or once were
illegal aliens.Washington has been asleep at the switch for decades.Instead of cracking down on the problem, they:-Make it harder to
prosecute ID theft.-Halt worksite raids.-Fail to implement mandatory
work paper verification.-Give 300,000 fugitive absconders a new hearing
about deportation.-Take away local partnerships.-Give DREAMers a two
year executive branch pass.-Use every opportunity with the press to
encourage them to stay here.-Sugar-coat the problem by calling them
"undocumented." (See this article for a prime example.)What
did you think would happen.Enforce the law!
Ok, so we get them an education. Now what? It is still illegal for them to be
employed here, and getting the proper work visa is hard because they are here
illegally.If these people were willing to return to their home
countries with their degrees, that would be one thing, but these kids have grown
up here and have not desire to return home. That is a big problem.We are now setting the US up for relaxing laws about hiring illegal
immigrants. Is that where we want to go?
Another way to look at it:If these are the best and brightest why are we
keeping them here? They should return to their third world country and assume
the leadership positions there. How can they possibly help their countrymen if
they are living in the United States.Are we not pulling off a brain-drain
from countries that need their talent the most?
Must do:1) Give children born in the USA the same legal standing as their
parents.2) Require proof of legal residency to attend public school.3) Provide transportation and a token amount of seed money for illegal
immigrants who wish to return to their home country without prosecution.4)
Change the law to make it a felony to be in this country illegally. 5)
Simplify immigration process, reduce the red tape.6) Don't take out
your anger on illegal immigrants, focus on the legislature. Jesus said love
everyone.7) Be grateful you live in such a wonderful country and
participate in the political process.
Poqui,About #5, we already seem to be able to process one million green
cards a year. Simplifying would only increase that number, right? We don't
need more immigrants. We've already stretched our social safety net and
we've got nearly 100 million people not participating in the labor
force.About #6, "anger" is the word you use but I think you mean
enforcement. We need to enforce the law. Anger is a substitute for the rule of
law. Justice is blind. I don't see anger in our proposals that we enforce
the laws on the books.
A touching story, but it ignores how unfair it is to the millions around the
world that would like to provide the same opportunity for their children. But
because they did not come here illegally when they couldn't come legally,
their children do not have the opportunity. So we should reward those who do
not play by the rules by rewarding their children?
Lots of good comments here. I agree that there should be no anger or bias
demonstrated toward illegals, but that the current laws should be enforced. Does
that sound unkind or heartless? Perhaps, but I believe we owe our first loyalty
to those who are here legally who are unable to find work, or work that will
support one's family. I can't help asking why we are giving a higher
priority to finding ways to get illegals into college, when over 50% of LEGAL
college graduates cannot get work when they leave college! You can't tell
me that having 12 million illegals in the country doesn't have a negative
impact on job availability for U.S. citizens.The construction
industry is a good example: it has become nearly impossible for U.S. citizens to
make a career in the last 10 years. A simple solution would be for each of us
building homes, stores or offices to insist that our contractors hire only U.S.
citizens. That one step would put hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens
back to work.
The young man is an illegal alien, his parents are as well. They should not be
given the ability to take up space at such academies and such that actual
citizens of the nation could use. In all probability his father and mother use
SSANs that are not theirs, their son has gotten a free ride on the US tax payers
to this point. I recommend that he not be rewarded further for the criminal
activity of his parents by further education for free. Deport his parents and
let them enter the country legally, like all those of 'yesteryear" when
the law of the land meant something to people.
Open the borders to everyone. Anyone who wants to be a citizen of this country
can. So long as they are willing to work or pay their own way for things like
most people and to pay taxes and insurance like everyone else. If they have
received help for things, like scholarships or welfare, be willing to then pay
it back over time. It took tax payers and individual donations to provide for
welfare and other financial aid programs. Then they can help to create
solutions to help all in America to be able to work at a sufficient rate to
provide for themselves and their families. Can the whole world fit in the
borders of the United States? What needs to be done to improve life in other
countries, so that folks are willing to live, work and go to school in their own
country? Countries north and south of the US border have colleges and
universities, too. What incentives could these schools give to some of these
people to draw them back, as well as, invite people from the US to be able to
come to them to study and work abroad?
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