It seems to me that the Editor is a bit disingenuous here.The purpose of
our existing law, any law, is to provide order. The question, for the moment, is
settled. Unlawful presence has specific remedies prescribed by the law. The
penalty is removal.Surely the Editor knows that laws exist to prevent
chaos. And the Editor knows that changing the law requires a process. While the
debate rages, existing law must be followed.We have observed a parade of
politicians, police chiefs and preachers calling for something besides the law.
Shall we simply go along ignoring the law and making exceptions? A little
selective enforcement or an executive order here and there?Of course not.
Uphold the existing law while debating changes.Why is that so hard?
Border enforcement first. Stopping drugs and people from coming into the U.S.
is the only starter for further immigration reform. Then let's admit,
Republicans want the cheap labor for their business cronies, and the Democrats
want the votes so they can turn the whole of America in to what California has
become. Namely a country dominated by liberal Democrats. So, since neither
side really wants to change the norm, the same thing will continue to happen
with illegal immigration. NOTHING.
More anti-enforcement propaganda, couched in the euphemism, "immigration
reform." One wonders why the need for euphemisms if the
proposition truly is motivated by a conviction that rewarding illegality is
right, morally and otherwise. Or are there other, hidden motivators
involved, pursuant to the selfish agendas of corrupt, special interest groups?
Again, why the need for euphemisms, if good faith truly is what this
When do we start discussing this honestly, it's not about the 11 million
here illegally, it's about the 30 million that will come for the next
amnesty. 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. All
options except for enforcement, will end up in furthering the problem, and only
make it worse.
Want a higher minimum wage? Want lower hospital costs? Want lower
unemployment numbers? Want lower class sizes in Utah? Want less dollars going
to WIC, food stamps, welfare? Want less crime?Convince the Obama
administration to enforce current immigration law. No need for a "new"
law.Its' NOT complicated!
Yea, another useless and unenforceable law. The illegals will still find a way
to get hired by comanies that follow the loopholes in the laws. If they want to
get make employment harder or encourage the illegals to self-deport, they have
to do what parts of Arizona have done. Require proof of citizenship or
documentation showing legal status when renting homes. People are not going to
work somewhere that they cannot live.
Esquire, is the border fence finished, have we made E-verify mandatory, do we
have interior enforcement, or once across the border are people here illegally
allowed to stay? Did we hire more judges, do we have a visa entry exit system?
The answer to the enforcement provisions of 1986 and 1996 is no, we have not
followed through on enforcing the law.Open borders and lose our
sovereignty? Greece has built a wall on it's borders, Israel has
deportation without trial, Spain has put up razor wire on it's borders, the
Swiss just voted to cap guest workers and force business to hire citizens first.
Open borders is not working for Europe.Flooding our country with
cheap illegal labor is not free market. It's flooding the supply, and
fixing the labor supply, forcing the taxpayers to foot the bill, live with
depressed wages and high unemployment. What makes you think that Americans are
going to put up with this dishonesty any longer? A free market
forces business to pay a fair wage to an employee. We don't need a minimum
wage hike, we need to get rid of those here illegally depressing wages.
@ RichardB, you are not correct that "All enforcement acts from previous
reforms that have been ignored." It's just not true. The reality is
that the market provides such incentives that the "problem" is
overwhelming the system. Europe is facing the exact same problem. For North
America, we should accept reality, negotiate reciprocal rights with other
countries, allow essentially open borders but require registration, and let the
free market decide where workers will go. That's what is happening now.
The only thing missing is the rights or U.S. citizens to go to those other
countries to freely work and an effective registration system to track non-U.S.
citizens (which will never happen in our current system as the incentive for
immigrants AND employers is to hide). Let that rock your protectionist
Esquire says it first, but the Editorial Board is so hesitant to lay any blame
with the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Senate has already passed
a bill. The house will not even pursue a compromise. As a "Red" state we
need to challenge our congressional delegation to act more responsibly in
addressing immigration reform.
A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook by ex-Salt Laker Lance Johnson that
helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and
minorities 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 anyone who will
benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed by ambassadors, educators, and
editors, it also informs those who want to learn more about the last remaining
superpower and how we compare to other nations on many issues. They come to
improve their lives and create a foundation of success for their children to
build upon, as did the author’s grandparents when they landed at Ellis
Island in 1899 after losing 2 children to disease on a cramped cattle car-like
sailing from Europe to the Land of Opportunity. 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
chronicles “foreigners” who became successful in the US and
contributed to our society. However, most struggle in their efforts and need
guidance in Anytown, USA.
Everyone in Washington is ready to go except for the Republicans in the House.
Why blame the federal government as a whole when the bottleneck is so easy to
point to. I know this is a right wing GOP paper, but couldn't you at least
say it as it is instead of obfuscating?
Instead of the failed policy of reform (amnesty and broken promises of
enforcement), we need honest enforcement at the borders, e-verify, interior
enforcement, more judges and a visa entry-exit system. All enforcement acts from
previous reforms that have been ignored. The American public have
wised up to the shell game of illegal immigration, and want to see it stopped.
Rewarding lawbreakers is far down the list, the only thing being broke are our
"Partisan rhetoric has made it challenging to find practical solutions in
the immigration debate"Yup. And Congress now operates as a
"no compromise" body. So while we admittedly have an issue that needs
prompt attention (and has for years), we will forgo any improvement unless we
get everything we want.So our current system which everyone agrees
is broken, continues on.Just like everything else.