My Opinion

Our irrational view of immigration

Is this how we view America, with walls to keep people out and keep people in? It’s not pretty. On the other hand neither is fragrant breaking of laws. 

Some immigrants are here illegally thus they break our laws, but so do employers and even homeowners who employ illegal immigrants with no questions asked. And from my prospective so do cities that are so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce our laws or inhibit such enforcement. 

As interpreted, our own Constitution is also an enabler by extending citizenship to virtually anyone born in the US, even when parents are here illegally.  What parent seeking a better life for their children would not take a risk for that benefit? 

How can we say we want to keep people out when we don’t enforce our own laws and encourage illegal immigration? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in a country with walls, but the idea of putting in place reasonable laws and enforcing them is appealing. 

We seem to have two extremes; simply ignore our laws and make eleven million (or whatever the number is) illegal immigrants citizens or build walls. Surely there must be a solution more reasonable. It’s like we have two sets of laws; one for people from Mexico and Central America and another for the rest of the world. 

Immigration is essential to our economy, but so is a legal structure. We seem to shoot ourselves in the foot by limiting immigration for the most talented individuals with the skills we need while seeking an open door for our gardeners and nannies and day laborers. NOTE Below

If we are going to talk about immigration reform, let’s do so in the context of all immigration in a manner designed for the long-term benefit of the Country and with compassion for those for whom the United States is their last hope. 

NOTE: Nationwide, unauthorized immigrants are clustered in a few occupations, notably farming, fishing and forestry (26 percent of the workforce), building and grounds (17 percent), and construction and mining (14 percent). They comprise 24 percent of all groundskeepers, 23 percent of domestic workers and 20 percent of those in clothing manufacture.

In addition, they have carved out niches in certain relatively well-paid construction trades. They hold 34 percent of all jobs in drywall installation, 27 percent in roofing and 24 percent in painting. Passel also noted that many illegal immigrants who overstayed temporary visas have higher education levels that enable them to work in office or technical jobs. Source: The Washington Post


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