Thursday, April 06, 2006

Who's in Charge up There?

And what is this? A bill that would give amnesty to all illegal immigrants that have been in the country for over five years? A bipartisan "compromise?"

While final details were not available, in general, the compromise would require illegal immigrants who have been in the United States between two years and five years to return to their home country briefly, then re-enter as temporary workers. They could then begin a process of seeking citizenship.

Illegal immigrants here longer than five years would not be required to return home; those in the country less than two years would be required to leave without assurances of returning, and take their place in line with others seeking entry papers.

Yup, they can stay. One thing I find humorous is that the vast majority of American do not favor amnesty of any kind for illegal immigrants. It's amazing for me to see the Republicans doing something that they will get walloped for in the polls come November. Don't they understand that? You heard it here first...

Illegal immigration is, well - illegal. Companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants should face sever penalties. The border security should be increased dramatically.

Furthermore, why on earth would any illegal immigrant leave when if they can stick it out for just five years they can become citizens? What would be an immigrant's motivation for trying to get into the US legally when he can go underground for five years and be on track for citizenship?

Our representatives in congress are out of touch. They've been there too long and they are starting to smell.


Clint said...

I disagree with you Mr. Radar. I think this was a good move. Sure, there are some issues with the specifics, but the overall idea is a good thing. This whole saga just shows how mismanaged our immigration policy has been over the years. Our economy is just as dependent on immigrants as it was a hundred years ago, and it's pretty obvious by the numbers of illegal immigrants that the current quotas aren't satisfying those needs.

Immigrants, even illegal immigrants, are a blessing to this country, not a drain. They are by-and-large contributing members of society. The Right may like to complain about how they are mooching off of law abiding taxpayers for things like Schools, Police protection, etc., but the bottom line is that they contribute to our economy. This bill will give them the opportunity to pay their share of taxes :), and I'm sure none of them would mind that in exchange for the legal right to work here.

From the beginning, America was a country of immigrants. My ancestors coming from Germany 150 years ago gave me the opportunities I have today. Unless you're full-blood Native American, you can't claim otherwise. Don't try to pull a fast one, I know you're dirty Dutch.

Why is it that the American public is okay with spending hundreds of billions of dollars on a bogus war of choice in Iraq, whose citizens will never contribute to our nation, but they aren't okay with paying comparatively miniscule amounts on those who are the future of our country?

radar said...

I'm just not so sure that the quota's aren't satisfying the economic need for immigrants. What I see is companies that purposely hire illegals and exploit them, as well as illegal immigrants themselves getting a free pass on their up-to-now illegal activity. I'm afraid with no noticeable increases in border control an amnesty program will cause untold millions to stream across the Rio Grande.

Hopefully, though, an amnesty program will allow immigrants to become a part of American society and not maintain this "miniMexico" in California, NM, and Texas. My great-grandparents did come over from Holland and Germany with the intention of becoming Americans. My one great-great something or other grandfather volunteered to fight in the civil war after being in Iowa for 18 months. I don't see that kind desire to be Americans from immigrants today.