What’s happening on the Immigration front?


Nearly three months ago, in fact it was on January 2, we posted an article entitled: What should be done to fix our Immigration issue?  We stated facts and even had a long list of strong suggestions that in our view had the potential to lead to solving the immigration problems. With the Democrats now in control of Congress, we expected this issue to receive top priority status but so far, whatever has taking place has been pretty well below the radar screen of public attention. In Congress, it is known as “now being worked on in Committee”. Our elected officials do not want it made public what they are thinking of, what they are proposing and who is for something and who is against the same thing and vice versa. They also do not want us to know what kind of ‘horse-trading’ is going on between the members in the House and the Senate. How much involvement the White House has in these stages of “Law-making” activities is also unknown.

But we can expect to hear at some time in the future, near or distant, that a certain structure for the new Immigration bill is taking shape and that the appropriate committees in the House and the Senate are getting closer to reaching a consensus. Maybe, some provisions will be floated into the public via the media to gage the public’s reaction, polls will be taken, their results published and so on and so on. This is not at all unusual because it has been done for as long as there has been a legislative branch in our country. Maybe, there is no better way than this to develop new law and to develop it behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, some municipalities and companies have taken baby-steps to flush out ‘illegal aliens’ much to the dismay of the Hispanic population and its vocal representatives. For instance, the town of Mission Viejo in Orange County, California has requested from its contractors to check their employee records and to verify that there are no undocumented workers on their payrolls. In addition, border patrols are being stepped up along the border with Mexico and in some places fences are being built along the border as well. But all this does not mean much in the larger scheme of things and it will be up to the Congress and the White House to come with new laws to deal with the Immigration issue in a comprehensive way. Time will tell and in the meantime, illegal border crossings continue.

What is truly surprising and frustrating to a great extent is the fact that the new President of Mexico is criticizing the President and the United States as a sovereign country for wanting to secure our borders. He, President Juan Calderon, as did his predecessor Vicente Fox, does not want us to build more fences and walls, he wants us to legalize their citizens who have come here Illegally and to welcome them with open arms, after all and we quote: “they do the work that regular Americans will not do.” What gall by this guy whose country’s economic system and corruption does not provide enough jobs for these people and allows them to live in true poverty and under squalor conditions. This forces these people out of sheer desperation to provide for their families to break the laws of the United States, to live here in a shadowy existence, risking daily to be arrested for being here illegally but considering it the lesser evil than to see their families starve at home. The money these illegal aliens sent back home to their relatives is one of the greatest sources of income for the Mexican economy.

Shame on you, President Calderon!
What right do you have to make demands of us as a neighboring country, why don’t you go to work on the reportedly corrupt system in your country and build an economy that will provide jobs for all your people in your country. Your inaction, intentional or not, is making lawbreakers out of millions of your countrymen and all you can do is criticize the United States? While you want us to keep an open border policy when it comes to your country, you seem to have plenty of money to protect your southern borders with Guatemala and Belize and treating everybody who comes across it illegally and without proper papers as criminals. Again, shame on you! When you hosted President Bush earlier this month in your country, you should have thanked him publicly for the patience this country has shown in dealing with your countrymen who come here illegally because they starve under your economic system. But no, you did not do this. Instead you made demands of President Bush and openly criticized him for not making your countrymen legal citizens of America. Once more, shame on you, Senor Calderon! By revisiting our article of January 2 of this year, some of our recommendations might have been a little bit strong. But how do you make new law where all is forgiven and we turn these millions of people into American citizens. How does that stop another twenty or more millions of Mexican citizens from coming over here in the near future? At a minimum, whatever new Immigration Reform bill comes out of Congress and will be signed by the President into law has to have the following eight provisions without a particular priority:

  • Do not allow those who came illegally into this country to become U.S. citizens for at least 25 years, they can live here perfectly well as legal aliens with green cards for many years, but citizenship should not be granted automatically or after a few years;

  • They have to pay an appropriate fine for entering this country without proper entry permits (i.e. visas and Green cards) and have to have a job here;

  • They will receive fraud proof identity cards or certificates;

  • They have to register within one year or such time where they can be registered and processed by the Immigration office personnel;

  • They will be severe punishments including prison terms for those who do not come forward and register;

  • Our border with Mexico will have to be protected most efficiently to prevent another flow of more people entering here illegally, those who are coming here from now on will be dealt with severely with extended prison terms and deportation;

  • Additional provisions for children who are here with their parents under the age of 18 who should be allowed to become U.S. citizens after meeting some conditions;

  • Parents or elderly people living with their relatives here will have to be processed as well and will not be eligible for Social Security or Medicare benefits to which they did not contribute for many years prior.

Anything less will have to be considered nothing more than an amnesty program and it will not solve any problems in the short term or in the long run. This is not a minor issue and all attempts to “humanize it” by calling these people simply ‘undocumented individuals’ or some such thing will not prevent us from an explosion of our population by millions and millions. We also have to remember that we are not just talking about people from Mexico but also from many other countries around the world. Anybody who can fly into Mexico as a visitor and who then crosses the border to America is here illegally if not in possession of visas and work permits. An Open border policy is the worst that could happen if not strongly dealt with when the Immigration Reform bill is signed and put into effect. All we can do for the time being is stay alert as to when things break in Congress and new Immigration law provisions being made public.

This article and others on Back to Common Sense are designed to provoke further thought and investigation.   It is not the intent for the articles to be politically biased. Sources are referenced in each article to encourage readers to delve into the supporting material.  We welcome all readers to participate with their point of view either in support or contrary with additional information sources.


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