Immigration; Time to Address the Untenable

The silliness really needs to stop and we have to move forward with realistic policy formulation. When ads by vodka producers incite the masses and expose the divide in the immigration debate I hope we can agree that our energies are misdirected.

My adopted State, Florida, has been struggling with the issue for some time. The confluence of a collapse of the housing market, the 2005 proposed reforms, and the relatively large population of illegal/undocumented (choose your euphemism) people have created a poster child for reform. The State is considering a number of measures that may or may not make it into legislation and localities are left to decide for themselves how to handle thier individual circumstances with some controversial results.

I hope we can work through the shortcomings of the previous reform efforts and enact legislation that will 1) address border security; 2) deport all undocumented residents that have committed any felonies or any serious misdemeanors (DUI’s, etc); and, 3) create an effective amnesty program. Yes, I said amnesty.

It seems to me that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome in the policymaking process is the disingenuous rhetoric employed by many elements of the debate. Reasonable people need to take back the discussion and move beyond charges of amnesty, open borders, racism, nativism, etc, etc.

This issue promises to divide the country if it is not effectively addressed and has the potential to leave a black eye not dissimilar from the history of blacks in the U.S. Exploitation takes many forms and slavery is but one. This may sound odd coming from a professed conservative but it should not. We own out history and forge our future. We have the ability to assimilate the majority of individuals here without legal status and incorporating them into our economy and into our nation. The alternative is to drive wedges, create divisions, and allocate resources to extricating people in a manner that will become ugly. There will be abuses. Resentment will be fostered. These are not unintended or unforeseen consequences. They are predictable results and we should act accordingly for the best possible future for our nation.

 

 

 

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4 responses to “Immigration; Time to Address the Untenable

  1. OMG! Did you really say A M N E S T Y ?
    I am rather for the law to be enforced to ALL. Certainly not amnesty just for those that were “lucky” enough to get here without getting noticed. What does that say about our country to the people that are waiting to do it legitimately? You speak of “resentment will be fostered”…but you do not take into consideration the resentment of those that respect our law and are willing to wait? Those are the people we want – people that are willing to obey our laws and work hard to achieve that American dream.

    For all those drinking the “we can’t deport all 20M (or whatever) illegals that are already here” koolaid, I respectfully disagree. If we actually enforced our laws (penalizing employers, fining harboring cities via less grants, etc), I really do believe that they will deport themselves. If they can’t get a job, get a drivers license or id, open a bank account, why would they remain here? Would you stay? If they cannot live here prosperously, I would bet they will be more than happy to deport themselves. I mean, we didn’t pay for them to get here. IMHO

    Unless of course, you’re that idiot that was homesick for his homeloand. You would then sexually assult a young girl so you could get deported! SICK!

  2. politicaldookie

    Twinkie wants to enter the thunderdome eh? Well my smooth skinned little friend you need to consider not just your visceral reaction to the immigration issue but also the ramifications of various policy alternatives. Yes, we could deport all illegals and it is important to be honest that that option exists and could be implemented. I don’t believe it the best option due to the costs and the probability for abuses. The self deportation you mention will work to a marginal extent but the vast majority of illegals can exist in an underground economy.

    I also think that many of us bear a responsibility for taking advantage of the discounted labor the illegals offer and now that the issue has bcome this politicized and emotional thing we want to disown our own involvement and culpability.

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