Charles, you need to become a columnist. There are actualy a few of us out here who are interested in truth and facts regarding immigration. But you're right - nice people don't talk about these things, nor do they win elections.
Israel successfully controls its borders with walls and fences considerably lower than fifty feet. Only the most foolish terrorist or illegal migrant thinks about a fifty-one foot ladder. Israeli politicians respond to their citizens' concerns about crime, loss of national identity, terrorism and other trivial things by enforcing the law. And how.
Had Romney won 100% of the Latino vote he would have still lost the election. By refusing to address concerns about immigration and affirmative action he failed to energize white voters. That's why he lost. Nice people don't talk about such things, nor win elections.
While it's true 40% of illegals are visa overstayers they are still in violation of U.S. law. They lied about their intentions when they signed documents applying for a visa. Pull a stunt like that in Japan and see what happens.
There are tax payers and tax eaters. See if you can tell which is which. 57% of legal immigrants from Mexico receive needs-based assistance (though mere pikers when compared to immigrants from the Dominican Republic, 82% of whom are on welfare). 6% of legal immigrants from Germany (well, of course they're legal) are on welfare. 'Huge contributions' indeed.
George Borjas, the leading labor economist in the U.S., has proven immigration, legal and illegal, drives down wages for all sectors of the U.S. labor force, even those with college degrees. But who cares about that? Who cares that U.S. wages, adjusted for inflation, have not improved since the 1970s? Everyone knows the economic law that increased supply results in lowered price is suspended when it comes to labor.
There are five billion people in the world poorer than the average Mexican. That's a threat. Allowing them, any of them, to come here only impoverishes us. If Mr. Serraglio actually cared as much about the environment and about the quality of life in Arizona as he pretends to he would support deportation and population restriction.
Meant to say foreign workers FOR JOBS that pay so little Americans won't do them.
And how would we manage foreign workers in an orderly fashion? Make them wear ankle bracelets? Ask them to line up for roll call every Monday morning? If we placed an order with Mexico for 4 million workers and 10 million want to come, how many do you think we'd get? (My guess is 10 million - 4 million through the front door legally and 6 million the same way we've been getting them all along.) And doesn't anyone see anything wrong with bringing in foreign workers that pay so little that Americans won't do them? Where's a Democrat when we need one? I thought Dems were looking out for the common people who lack the skills for high-paying jobs.
The last 2 paragraphs are probably good ideas. Probably. Sadly these will not gain traction where it matters. "They" will not pass sensible immigration reform without better border security, and "they" will not fund border security. And "they" seem scared to death of the drugs
Spoken as a true illegal supporter, we need border security to keep more illegals from coming in and drug runners/terrorists out and I'm sorry I cannot see any contribution they make to our society, other then sending what should be going to our national tax fund back to their home countries. This is not a political problem with the American citizen, this is their jobs, their pay and their quality of public education and if you value your peacefulness, then you must want border security because with out it we risk the violence of the drug cartels spilling into your neighborhood.
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