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Immigration Realities

Updated on July 8, 2014

We need superheros to handle this problem.

Miracles or super powers could not solve this crisis.
Miracles or super powers could not solve this crisis. | Source

The bottom line.

During the 2012, the federal government spent $18 billion on immigration enforcement which was more than on every other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

ICE and CBP also refer more cases to prosecution than those other agencies combined, and the immigration agencies also held more individuals in fiscal year 2011 than the federal Bureau of Prisons.

There are basically 6 areas that our immigration authorities focus their attention and resources. Detention and deportation of non-citizens, border enforcement, workforce enforcement, visa screening and travel control, information systems and inter agency cooperation, justice system both criminal and immigration. That is a heck of a lot of ground to cover for a huge nation.

No matter where you come down in debates on the matter it is clear that the job at hand is just huge and that there are going to be no quick fixes to a system that appears to be either broken of just plain overwhelmed.

The best estimates of how many illegal aliens reside in the USA are between 11.5 million to 12.5 million people. With over 60,000 unaccompanied minors per year crossing into the USA without proper papers. The problem is staggering in terms of numbers. Just think Puerto Rico, the entire country, only has about 3.7 million people. And Portugal around 10.5 million people.

It is like the population of Kentucky, Minnesota and Utah combined. Those are just crazy numbers to have to deal with in a fashion complete with upholding rights.

On the other hand that many people would not even come close to populating the Grand Canyon.

We are one huge nation.
We are one huge nation. | Source

You just have to love this idealistic approach. So so too too bad we cannot live it out.

There are over 40 million legal immigrants living in the USA.

Some folks do not like the terms legal and illegal immigrant. The idea being that people cannot be illegal. I get that and find the concern endearing but a criminal is a criminal for whatever reason and it is illegal to enter this country without government approval. So in fact if you have done this you are an illegal immigrant and there is no need for political correctness for criminals. We do not say that gang members are members of a group. And we do not say that thieves are borrowers, it cheapens good honest people.

Now do not mistake this for honest asylum seekers that got here illegally and are now seeking legally to stay. Those folks have a very fast tracked (180) days and relatively cheap entry pathway into appropriate status.

Then there are refugees but they apply outside of the country and do everything legally. They should not be cheapened by being lumped together with folks who smuggle themselves into this country.

The USA has twice the number of "distressed" immigrants than all of Europe combined.

Children

Children really get the same treatment as adults. If it can be shown that even though they got here illegally they were running from severe persecution then they can stay. It really is that simple folks. The process is asylum and it runs rather quickly, about 6 months from application to completion. Many remain and many are sent back to their country of origin. They are either housed until a determination or they are set loose to appear at hearings in the future. Deportaion and/or asylum are basically simultaneous.

This system is broken. Not because we have a system that cannot work but because so many now are coming that we cannot keep up with the process and keep it speedy and fair. 60 thousand a year is over 1,000 a week and that is over 100 a day being conservative. That is just too many. And clearly that system is being gamed by foreign families that get the system and have improper motive and cause.

So do you turn away the children? Or do you keep all the children? No, you do neither, you stay the course and do it on a case by case basis the best that you can. And that is a huge stress on the nation. And it causes division and argument and excessive burden on southern border states where most illegal immigration takes place. It seems like a national problem but it is increasingly a state problem.

We cannot "house" all of these children in existing facilities and the funding of such operations is phenomenal. Local areas do not want the extra burden on their existing infrastructure and are derided for opposing letting these children out in their neighborhoods. We are not seeing and outreach from non-burdened communities to help ease the pressure. Just think how many emergency or urgent care visits are occasioned by 60,000 children, well communities have to bear that burden with little help from the federal government.

The problem has now become political with a Latino Mayor of a small city being called racist because he does not want the problem in his city. It is crazy. And both parties are simply fanning the flames of the blame game. Too bad.

Not simple solutions and no new laws.

We are in a crisis and it will take strong leadership to resolve the issues at all.
We are in a crisis and it will take strong leadership to resolve the issues at all. | Source

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Just spoke with a fellow watching CASA Miraposa out of Tucson.

All community based help for these citizens of our world. Tons of clothing and outreach and aid stations at a Greyhound bus station. (Go Greyhound!! -- they are assisting in efforts to get these mothers and children some place with a warm bed.)

Life just plain sucks for some folk. I love them. Tomorrow we see what and how we can volunteer to help the individuals. We are compelled to act in reason and compassion. Let us not call to action the same old dry and angry partisan politics. Let us solve a situation in real time.

The next time you see or hear some left or rightwinger attack others stand up and be counted and tell them to stuff it and stuff it hard and then stand up and do something. These children do not know your border from mine. Love them like you should and be somebody real.


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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We certainly have a long way to go to bringing a love based reality to the equation, but it is there.

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      Mothers of Nations 3 years ago

      Interesting read... Best part:

      "These children do not know your border from mine. Love them like you should and be somebody real."

      GBY

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I sure am thankful to be born where I was born. Such human suffering is hard to even imagine. A lot of prayers for those caught up in it and for those who must govern toward solutions.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We have a similar problem here Eric. At the moment they are turning back the boats carrying anyone coming to Australia that way, and escorting them back to where they came from. There is debate as to whether they will be facing persecution when they return. There is no easy solution and the matter is causing great debate.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady after researching it for the hub I had to conclude that only human volunteer efforts and kindness will help resolve these problems. Thank you for coming by and leaving such a gracious note.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      This is a very good analysis of the immigration problem in the US, and I like the fact that you end it with a call for kindness.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for coming by an commenting DDE. Yes I am sure we have totally different problems here.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      In Croatia the difficult laws does not allow for illegal immigrants. I had a problem to stay even though married to a Croatian interesting hub.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      dragonflycolor, On a light note down here Mexico Border way the non- Hispanics are really the immigrants. Sometimes the border just seems like a quaint nuance. Anyone claiming that So Cal does not want Hispanics here because of race is just plain ludicrous. We are a Vietnamese and American home and yet at least minimal Spanish is spoken here as it is part of our culture. At least here the immigration issue is race blind.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill it seems that we need to solve this problem the good old fashion way. A lot of hard work and a lot of money. Seems we have just been throwing stones over it for so long that nobody is really working toward solutions.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      This hits close to home with me. I have family members who immigrated from Mexico and after many years became "legal". However, that doesn't stop other people thinking that I'm an immigrant based on the color of my skin. It is just assumed. I was born here and I follow the law. I have a distrust of people abusing the system, but at the same time, want them to get the help they need because I know their own country's system can be a bit tyrannical. It's a double-edged sword in my opinion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is a problem that affects us all, and I'm tired of the lack of compassion I see concerning immigration....in fact, I'm tired of a lot of the political posturing that costs lives.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on ologsinquito. It needs to be a two pronged approach at the least.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Eric, I believe we have to have mercy for people who are desperately poor and trying to start a new life in America. They need a helping hand. However, they also need to obey the laws, and do it the right way.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tell them that! Are they US citizens? And are they a great example?

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      cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

      puerto rico is a US territory, not a country,