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What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?: Left of Center View

To understand the problems with the current immigration system is to understand that most of us donít understand the system at all. The average American, simply by virtue of having obtained his or her citizenship at birth will never have to run that particular gauntlet. So it falls to folks that will never have to experience it to figure out the best way to implement the immigration process.

This practice is not new. We make laws about numerous crimes that we ourselves have never committed. But this is different, mainly because the few that do try to go through and not around the process are the ones attempting to obey the law, not avoid it. So while many of the current policies and proposals may seem fair and well thought out on paper, very little is done to review the process once it is in place.

Rather than continuing to legislate from a position of ignorance perhaps it is finally time that we take a look at the process through the eyes of the people on both sides of the issue. Let us stop legislating through a process of hearsay and go directly to those most affected by the system.

Border agents are asked to do the near impossible; patrol hundreds of miles of open border, with little or no support. Two guys in a truck against the world, and itís not a civilized world either. This thin strip of no-manís land is mostly populated by desperate people who have given up everything they have for a chance at a new beginning and the men who traffic in their desperation. Instead of telling our representatives in the field how to do their jobs, or how poorly they are doing them, perhaps it is time that we as a nation asked them how the job should be done. Letís let the people who have to enforce the policy have some input into the policy itself.

We should also extend this courtesy to the hundreds of INS case workers and the legal community who specialize in immigration by getting their thoughts about the system and how best to fix it. Is the answer more legislation or less? Hell, the country has been debating whether or not to issue a drivers license to illegal immigrants and not once have we stopped to listen to the poor folks who will be asked to implement the program. Perhaps they might know how to do it in a completely different way that would work better for everyone. Think about that. No matter what you do for a living chances are you probably know how to do your job better than the average Joe on the street. Relatively speaking politicians are those average Joes that know less than nothing about enforcing most of the laws they write. Should they really be the ones to tell you how to do your job?

Immigration and our national policy on it has become a political issue during one of the most wide open Presidential elections in decades so there is a lot of rhetoric flying around, try not to step in any of it. Immigrants are here to take your job, siphon social services away and put up street signs in languages only they understand. They work for less, are too lazy to work and will immediately date your daughter if given the chance. But before you condemn them as blight on society, go and ask your parents, or your grandparents, or Great Aunt Mildred, what was it like when you immigrated to this country.


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How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?

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National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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Multiculturalism and the Holidays
Unsafe Imports: Who's to Blame?
Amnesty and Elections
Undocumented Nannies and Politics
Terrorists at the Gates
Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
American Immigration Abroad
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Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
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What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?: Right of Center View

The better question with the simpler answer in this case is; ďWhatís not wrong with our immigration system?Ē There are so many issues it is difficult to pinpoint a single failing with the system. From the porous borders surrounding our nation to the complete disregard for the law by businesses who hire unlawful immigrants our current system for handling the people who want to live and work here is completely inadequate and failing miserably to perform the tasks for which it was designed.

At our southern border there is a daily ritual of catch and release border enforcement which not only does not net the majority of people coming over the border illegally, the ones who are caught are simply dumped back across the border to try again. Our northern border is virtually unguarded leaving us vulnerable to any number of entities that might wish to do Americans harm and to those who would move to America to live the dream while not paying taxes alike. To the east and west we have oceans to limit the access by would-be unlawful immigrants but our poorly guarded ports make entry via cargo container a viable option for many.

There are known risk factors that need to be neutralized as much as possible including but not limited to stopping those who would do harm to Americans from coming into our nation. That means that step one is to figure out how to spot these people and stop them from gaining access to our nation. Some would have us start racial profiling and stopping every person of Middle Eastern decent trying to enter the country. Not only is that a stupid plan, itís not doable. Better that we spend time learning about the mindset that leads to terrorist leanings and work to require psychological profiles for all potential immigrants to this nation. Not only do you weed out the terrorists you weed out the psychopaths that would become serial killers and rapists and any number of other unsavory things inside a free country. The key to success with that type of program is twofold. You must first secure the borders completely leaving nothing to random chance and then you address what to do with the people that are here already.

There are ways to halt the problem from a security standpoint but we need a Congress with the political will to make the hard choices needed to protect our nation. When they have done that then we should begin to discuss reforms to the legal immigration system that will allow people beneficial to our country to come and be a part of our society. We need people with certain skills and America was indeed built on the innovations of immigrants. We do need fresh minds and new ideas coming into our great land. We can welcome with open arm people from around the globe but we must do it in a way that we control. Porous borders and blanket amnesty legislation will not serve the national interest. We must have real security and real accountability before we invite more people into our nation to share in our prosperity. Our goals should be to strengthen our nation while providing opportunity to newcomers and to grow our nation by inviting people who will respect our laws to help us expand the dream. The reality is however that if we do not do things the right way we will only succeed in overpopulating our nation with people who do not respect the rule of law and who will not add to the prosperity of our people.

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American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
Multiculturalism and the Holidays
Unsafe Imports: Who's to Blame?
Amnesty and Elections
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Enemies At The Gates
Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
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Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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