Illegal Immigration - A Realistic Solution

 It is hard to accept with open arms people who are coming over and taking up jobs- especially in this economy- and even more so when they don't technically have the right to do this.  Still, this is not about how we feel; this is about doing what is the best, most workable solution.  Therefore, we must ponder that the jobs these illlegal immigrants work are typically "under-the-table", sub-minimum wage jobs.  These are the type of jobs that no one else would want, regardless of what anyone would want you to believe otherwise.  Also, we must consider that these illegal immigrants work at American businesses and farms that may not be able to keep their heads above water if they were forced to employ more expensive labor.  True, these American employers should not be employing illegal immigrants in the first place, but it's always easier to be idealistic before the problem starts.  This problem started a long time ago.  There are also other issues present here:

>Does this affect legal immigrants?

Definitely.  The negative impact that illegal immigrants can have on the opportunities for legal  immigrants is one of the best reasons to crack down on them.

>The human aspect of it all

While the human rights groups go batty over the conditions in Africa, the conditions are not appreciably better than in Central and South America.  Therefore, we must realize that by not giving the illegal immigrants from those regions a chance to live here, we may be effectively sealing their demise.  Still, if they want to come, why do they not come legally?  The answer is that with all the red tape and the fact that it can require an attorney to do the paperwork- and who can afford that- the process is complicated and time-consuming.  And when you do not have enough food, the money to get the food, or even a job to get the money, time is your greatest enemy.  Additionally, the border guards who see this suffering firsthand make holes in the barriers and look the other way.  As long as these holes, both literal and figurative, exist, there will be an unending flow of illegal immigrants.  To compound the problem, if we were to crack down on them, the deportation process itself is lengthy and expensive.  Can the U.S. government really spare the money?  Those who advocate lower government spending should ponder this concept.

>Does cracking down on illegal immigration encourage legal immigration?

For sure.

>What about the natural-born children of illegal immigrants?

I think that these children should retain all the rights associated with being an American citizen.  Here is a conundrum:  If we deport the parents of these natural-born citizens (for they are), the children would become for all intents and purposes, orphans.  This would strain our already limited and fiscally drained social programs.  If we deport these children along with their parents in a "humanitarian" gesture to keep the families together, then we are deporting American citizens!

>What is the solution?

As I see it, there are four potential solutions:

1)  We can deport ALL of the illegal immigrants.  This would be very costly, full of red tape, and be essentially ineffective.  As long as the border remains open, they can keep coming back.

2)  Leave everything just as it is.  In one generation, when the illegal immigrants die, the whole problem will appear to be mostly solved. However, in actuality, it is not solved because there will still be more and more who come over here illegally.

3)  Build a barrier along the whole length of the border and provide for surveillance to avoid intentional destruction of this barrier or people trying to climb or dig under it.  Taking one major precaution is fine because the issue is so pressing.  However, the drawback here is the sheer expense and America already owes China far too much money as it is. 

4)  This is the most realistic.  Go ahead and build the barrier, watch the barrier and the guards, and take necessary precautions.  Then make "open houses" so potential immigrants can come and have an expedited process for temporary legal papers.  This could be like getting your driver's license in terms of time and expense.  The cost to the immigrants is minimal, the time is minimal, and this could just about solve the problem.  True, some people will still slip under the radar, but you can only do your best.  The troublemakers?  Deport them.  They are a serious minority of the immigrants.  However, we would be able to keep afloat American businesses that depend on cheap labor and we also would not be tearing apart families.  The security is a one-time expense, whereas the deportations are an on-going cost to the country.  This may be the only way to stop this growing problem from snow-balling even more.

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