A topic we have not discussed here.. much

None of the authors here at this blog have paid much attention to the horribly misnamed immigration reform initiative. Yeah, our government calls this thing immigration reform, but like the Affordable Healthcare Act – a.k.a Obamacare – had absolutely nothing to do with making healthcare affordable, good, or more accessible, this immigration reform isn’t about reforming the broken US immigration system as much as it is an attempt to reward some 11 million border jumping illegals for doing just that, with citizenship and lots of government cheese in return for their votes. We don’t even have to play the “guess which party is doing this” game. If you still have issues figuring out which political party is the master at using US tax payer money to buy themselves votes, power, and line their pockets with wealth, you haven’t been paying attention. Especially for the last 5 years.

And no, I am not giving republicans a pass on this issue. There are quite a few of them willing to go along with this terrible plan to reward these illegals and help the democrats get a lot of new voters, for whatever insane reason. I do laugh heartily at the people that say those of us that do not want to go along with this “noble” effort by donkeys to buy themselves some votes on the backs of the American tax payers, because we are racists or want to exploit these poor people, since it is utter bullshit. My main problem is that this done back in the 80s already, and we were promised then that we would actually fix our immigration policies and never have to do this again, and we find ourselves doing it yet again. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. And have no doubt that this immigration reform bill that these fuckers are pushing now, like the one from the 80s, does nothing to prevent a repeat some 20-30 years down the line. More importantly, it doesn’t fix our broken immigration system that leaves those that actually follow the legal requirements to come here in limbo for years, and more often than not then denies them their request anyway.

What we really need is reform that streamlines the immigration process for those that follow the law and makes it easier for qualified people – those without a criminal background, that will not show up to suck at the government’s teat, and especially those that come with special skills – to come to this country. A bill that is totally7 focused on rewarding 11 million border jumpers for breaking the law, isn’t a good deal for the American people. Especially since it is blatantly obvious how easy it is for the politicians to later, once they get this terrible bill passed, to strip out any of the language they had to add to buy support for their maneuver, that restricted these illegals, once made into citizens, from becoming freeloaders sucking on the government’s teat.

Look, I am not crazy enough to think we can deport 11 million plus people. Even if our government actually wanted to do that, something that is definitely not the case today, I think they couldn’t. But we can’t reward them for breaking the law and expect that there will not be more of that law breaking down the line. I, and many like me made that same argument back in the 80s, and the fact that we are here today, with an even larger number of illegals now on the path to getting rewarded for breaking our laws, proves us right. If we do this like the people that only see this maneuver as a quick way for them to garner a few million extra votes want us to, we are domed to end up repeating this mess again down the line. At a minimum, whatever solution we have should serve as both a deterrent to more illegal immigration and, and this is the big and t me, a deterrent for our political master to encourage the illegal immigration followed by the amnesty gimmick.

Let’s fix legal immigration first. Make the path to citizenship easier for those that follow the law. Especially the highly skilled and hardworking people that right now seem the ones hardest hit and punished by our failed existing system. Encourage immigration from people that are going to come here and not become dependent on the American tax payer for subsistence. Definitely keep out the criminal element as much as feasible possible, since we do an awesome job creating our own home grown ones already. And make it unpalatable for illegal immigration to occur at the current rate. I am not crazy enough to think we can stop it all, but we can stop most of it. The first move is to stop rewarding the law breakers and expect them to pay for their crime in cash or otherwise. After we do these things, we can discuss what we do with all these illegals. Rewarding them with amnesty and tax payer funded largess just so politicians in either party can get more votes is a disservice to the American people. And most important of all, let’s make sure that our immigration policy doesn’t harm Americans as much as the current plan does.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    A functioning and reliable “Guest Worker” program would also be something to toss into the mix. Most countries seem to have managed to make this work, but the US for some reason won’t even bother with trying.

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  2. AlexInCT *

    A functioning and reliable “Guest Worker” program would also be something to toss into the mix. Most countries seem to have managed to make this work, but the US for some reason won’t even bother with trying.

    Guest workers will not get to vote, so there will be no opportunity to buy votes with government cheese, and guest workers will have to be paid on some government controlled scale, so they can’t be exploited. Hence, no traction for this program.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    /quote/ “Look, I am not crazy enough to think we can deport 11 million plus people. Even if our government actually wanted to do that, something that is definitely not the case today, I think they couldn’t. /unquote/

    In theory Eisenhauer proved this to be false in 1953. And all he did was threaten to hire hire more immigration officers and sic them on the then 2-3 million illegal aliens. Juan and Felina couldn’t get their brown asses back across the border fast enough. Of course, back then, republicans said what they meant and meant what they said back in 1953. Not so much anymore.

    My first public disagreement with Hal was over his “open border” approach to immigration. And when several of us pointed out how disastrous ‘that’ would turn out his reply was he would pack his family off to his wife’s native Australia. You know the island nation that just tightened up their own immigration laws?

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