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Redefining Immigration: Left of Center View

It really is kind of silly when you think about it what it’s become; immigration, the issue not the practice. For the vast majority of Americans immigration is no longer the happy story of how their grandparents or great-grandparents came to live in the land of opportunity. It has become the cloud of terror, the river of disease that they must fight, stand against at all costs, to maintain their own individual happiness. Immigration the issue has taken on the aura of the bogey-man, sorry bogey-person, when in reality it is little more than the scapegoat. So perhaps, it is time once again to go ahead and try and redefine “Immigration”.

Immigration the practice is simply the movement of people, from one country to another. It’s fairly plain, simple and understandable. If you don’t like where you are, leave there and go elsewhere. Fill out some papers, say publicly for the world to hear that you pledge your allegiance to a new nation and, Bob’s your uncle, you’re done. Or that’s probably how it should be anyway.

Immigration the policy is so intertwined with foreign policy that it is nearly impossible to pull them apart. Immigration policy should also be tied to current economic growth and civic capacities. Should be, but isn’t. Immigration is blamed for all sorts of things that it doesn’t really affect in the least. We blame the “immigrants” for crime despite the fact that home-grown criminals commit far more crimes, job losses despite the fact that they are not the people sending our jobs overseas and outrageous things like some in the media claiming that there are basically lepers coming across the border every day.

The reality of the situation is that undocumented immigrants that are here tend to do the work that most Americans turn their noses up to, they do pay taxes with their borrowed Social Security numbers and they don’t commit a significant percentage of the crimes committed in America when compared to American citizens committing crime. They are not lepers and they are not the edge of some slippery slope that we are all about to go sliding down any time soon. They are people who happen to want a better life than was possible for them where they came from.

Right now, America is weakened by our own failure to see our faults and getting weaker by the day. We are hated internationally, to the point that people are literally killing themselves to harm our citizens. The U.S. dollar is worth less than the Canadian dollar, and the Euro, well let’s just say you should have invested in that when it came out. More and more American jobs and industries are moving overseas and the multi-Trillion debacle that is the war in Iraq grinds on. There’s an old expression about excrement rolling down hill. Instead of looking to blame the people at the bottom of the hill getting dumped on perhaps we might want to find the source of the unpleasantness and fix that. Let’s try blaming the folks actually responsible for setting the policies that lead to the problems and maybe start with the most obvious – the Bush administration.


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Redefining Immigration: Right of Center View

The notion of redefining immigration seems kind of odd to me. The current immigration debate is pretty black and white. You’re either coming into the country the right way or you’re not. There are probably some inequities in how we pick and choose who gets to come into the country but it is really no different than choosing who can and cannot come into your home. If you want a person in your home they are a welcomed guest. If they are not wanted they are an intruder and need to be removed, forcibly if necessary. It’s not really all that hard to figure out.

One thing I would like to see changed if we are to redefine immigration is the blanket acceptance for people from countries with stated anti-American national policies while we slam the door in the face of people coming from countries that are our allies. What exactly is being gained from taking on more Cuban “refugees”? Has it led to a weakening of Cuba? Has it made them change any of their foreign policies? Maybe if we turned away all of their dissidents we might leave enough of them there to actually start a revolution and get rid of the Castro family once and for all.

It seems the people running things in Washington with rare exception are as dimwitted as a drunken turkey and have no clear vision for the future of our country. They allow criminals from Havana to stay here just for getting to the shores of Miami while telling hard working people trying to come here from Europe that they will have to wait five or six years to come here because they are from a country that we really don’t need any immigrants from right now. If we are to redefine immigration, we need to define it as letting our friends come here before we let our enemies set up shop inside our borders.

Another ugly mess in our immigration system is the H-1B program currently trolling the international business community for workers to replace Americans inside the American workplace. Instead of hiring and training Americans it has become much cheaper and easier to just hire someone from Asia that costs less than an American and doesn’t have any ideas about labor laws or overtime pay. We have literally tens of thousands of Americans in need of only basic retraining to become the technology-based workforce of the new millennium yet we develop an entire international work visa program to avoid the costs of training our own people. Perhaps we should redefine the work visa program to only allow international work visas once all the Americans that have an IQ over 80 are employed.

There are scores of things we could redefine in our immigration system but one thing should not be redefined. Legally immigrating to the United States should always be given priority over illegally immigrating here. All the people in the process of applying for legal immigration should be reviewed and approved or denied before one single undocumented immigrant is allowed to have a green card. Once we have moved all of the undocumented immigrants to the back of the immigration line they should also be made to pay a penalty and be required to pass the most stringent of background checks before being allowed to stay in America. They should be made to face the consequences of their actions like any American who breaks the rules.

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High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
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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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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