I have avoided weighing in on this issue as I haven't exactly hammered out a firm position on it.
However, let me say how I feel about it at this point.
I think that the biggest thing we need to do to stop illegal immigration is slap the businesses and corporations that hire illegals with massive fines.
I also feel though that we should grant amnesty to the ones already here, beef up the border with more agents and a better fence all along the border. It would cost a lot but it would be worth it I think to stem the tide of illegal immigration.
I wish that we could keep our border open but we just can't do that. Mainly from a security issue in this dangerous world. However, also from the stand point that we can not maintain an increasing illegal population on our resources. This is why amnesty and citizenship of the millions already here is a good idea. We can document them and get some tax money out of them just like anyone else so that we can help pay for these resources. Just imagine the amount of money that would be put into the system if we could tax these millions of immigrants as any other American.
I also like the idea that you can become a citizen of America if you serve some time in the military.
I'd like to commend the Catholic church for standing up for these immigrants and offering them humanitarian aide. That is truly following in the example of Christ. It would be a crime against humanity to make these religious good samaritans criminals.
It would also be a terrible, terrible idea to turn all of these 11-20 million illegal immigrants into felons. Our prisons are over-crowded enough as it is and if you're worried about the resources being zapped by illegal immigrants now, just imagine how much it would cost to deport or criminalize all of these people. Not to mention that many of these immigrants have children born into the United States who are citizens, speak English and pay into the system. It would be a humanitarian nightmare to pull these families apart and ship off their parents and grandparents who's status is illegal. It isn't realistic.
We have to come to terms with these issues. Especially in light of these MASSIVE protests and gatherings of legal and illegal immigrants. These people are mostly here to work hard and be apart of this wonderful country. We can not turn a deaf ear against the millions of people who are speaking with one voice in these gigantic rallies.
Most of us seem to forget that our ancestors arrived here in mass immigration waves back in the day. Most of which were all accepted without question into this country to add to our great American project. Have we forgotten the words on the Statue of Liberty?
“Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore – Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me;I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
-From the poem "The NewColossus" by Emma Lazarus
PHOTO CREDIT: AP James A. Finley
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