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What Will The Change In The Balance Of Power In Washington Mean For Immigration Reform?: Left of Center View

To be honest with you I donít know that the shift in power will result in a shift in policy anytime soon. To some extent that was the real message that tried to peek out of this election Ė the Democrats and Republicans, the main two parties are really very similar to each other. The main focus of both parties appears to be the retention of the two party system. Sure they yell and scream at each other, and make all kinds of wild accusations, but when compared to some of the platforms of the independent parties that got aired out a little this election, it becomes clear there is very little difference, which means there will be very little change. Especially in the area of immigration reform.

The reason both parties are so similar is that they share the same cornerstone: the reliance of corporate and special interest money to function. No matter what they say when they climb up onto their soap-boxes there isnít a Democrat or Republican out there holding down a major office that will actually do anything that seriously hurts corporate America. Sure there are some snafus along the way, NAFTA for example, but even those were done with a mind to the needs of big business. I mean you donít really believe that we went into Iraq just to look for weapons do you. And donít even start with that hunting terrorists B.S., cause we damn well knew the whole time that the guys we were really after were holed up elsewhere, there just wasnít enough oil underneath their mountain lairs to make an invasion worthwhile.

But why would Republicans campaign so hard for stricter immigration legislation if they didnít plan to enforce it? I donít know why would Meg Whitman hire an undocumented worker as domestic help. If these illegalís are so damn dangerous, why in the world would you let one into your home? Simple, cause itís a hell of a lot cheaper than hiring a documented worker, plus you have a lot more leverage over someone that has to worry about reporting you than you do over someone that can sue your ass. Kind of belays the whole image doesnít it.

So as long as corporate America relies on cheap labor, immigration reform will remain a politicianís talking point. There may be a couple of high profile events here and there, but nothing will really change. It is a great rallying point and just another ruse used by those in power to divide the people they are exploiting. As long as their laid off workers blame the call centers in India for taking their jobs and not the greedy executives that actually signed the order, the cycle will continue.

Unless of course some of the independent parties pick up steam and some of their candidates get in power. They might actually clean house, and use documented workers and actual American citizens to do it.

Thanks for listening - Bill


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What Will The Change In The Balance Of Power In Washington Mean For Immigration Reform?: Right of Center View

Well, if there is any sanity left in Washington it might mean that Congress will start to take border security seriously for a change. Ever since the Democrats took control in 2006 there has been an open-borders agenda in control. Liberals like Nancy Pelosi have no interest in securing our borders so it is better that they wonít be in charge after January. Once Speaker Boehner and the Republicans take over, things will be different.

The time has come for America to take control of her destiny once again. The liberals have wandered around aimlessly for the last four years running up the national debt and getting a whole lot of nothing done. Now that some doers are going to be back in charge the country might actually get back on track. They can undo Obamacare and take the handcuffs off of businesses so they can get back to the business of creating jobs. No regulations that make business harder or less profitable are going to help more jobs to be created. Every time the Democrats clamp down on business the jobs go away. Likewise when they made healthcare a bigger burden for employers it hurt jobs creation. Their way is not working so itís time for change.

Itís no different with immigration reform. They have done nothing to solve the problem and with their "sanctuary" cities they are making the problem worse. Hopefully the Republicans will have the guts to send some resources to the border and cut off federal money from those "sanctuary" cities until they comply with federal law and stop harboring lawbreakers. The Border Patrol has been understaffed and underfunded for far too long while the liberals have spent much needed resources paying for feel-good programs that are unnecessary. We need border security. We donít need multi-cultural art classes in every school every week. The heartening thing is that John Boehner has already indicated that he is listening to the people and wants to promote their agenda. Most Americans want border security and he gets that.

Like all politicians only time will tell if the Republicans are true to their words. We have high hopes for things to get better under the new leadership but there is no guarantee. Republicans in recent years have not always been so good at being fiscally responsible. Sometimes you have to wonder if they were Republicans in name only. This time we know to keep our eyes on them. Once they take over we need to hold them accountable for their actions. If they are true to their word then things should get better. If they are not we will have to vote them out and try again with the next Congress. For now we are watching and this time we wonít be so easily distracted. If they donít take care of business we will put them out of business.

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