There are three things certain about our immigration system.
1) It is broken and desperately needs to be fixed.
2) There can be no fix until we are capable of stopping illegal immigration and come to the simultaneous realization that we are NOT going to deport 12 and a half million people.
3) There can be no fix until we whack any politician on any side of the issue who seeks to make a fix that results in a political advantage.
Let’s start with our President, the Senator Majority Leader, and the House Minority Leader. You would have to go a long way to convince me that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi have a humanitarian bone in their corrupt bodies. They see this purely as a political way of ensuring the long-term survival of the Democrat Party.
On the other hand.
There are a whole lot of Republicans who represent constituents who find it very profitable to bring illegal immigrants to America to work for them because they work cheap and they’re scared of being deported.
Those folks are every bit as reprehensible as Harry Reid, whose only concern about illegals is how they might vote if the Democrats were to grant them citizenship.
The ONLY way to solve a problem that has been created by a dithering Congress, four dithering Presidents of both parties, and politicians of both parties seeking political advantage is to simultaneously seal the border, come up with a workable employment visa program, and grant a limited amnesty program to the good citizens among the 12 and a half million people who are already here (the vast majority) because of—let’s face it—our implicit encouragement.
Now is a good time to do it since the economy can only go in one direction from where it is today, taking the numbers of people wishing to emigrate to America in search of jobs with it.
I’ve come a long way on the subject of immigration over the years.
I started at “what part of illegal didn’t you understand?”
And then I realized that my own parents are first generation Americans whose parents came to America because it was a) the land of opportunity and b) an ill wind was blowing through Europe in the early 20th century—especially for Jews in eastern Europe.
Like it or not, there is no Ellis Island on the South edge of San Diego. Or El Paso or Tucson.
We may not have welcomed the Irish, the Italians, the Jews, and the rest of the Europeans who streamed to this nation in the early part of the 20th century with completely open arms; but we didn’t treat them like we treat Mexicans today.
The truth is that the stream of immigrants—both legal and illegal—bears some resemblance to the stream through Ellis Island in the early 1900s.
Because the other reality is that Mexico is almost irretrievably broken in terms of allowing its own citizens to accomplish with their lives what America allows its citizens to accomplish with theirs.
Simply put, maybe we do need an Ellis Island in San Diego.
Whatever we decide along those lines, we need to gain control of the border if for no other reason than to keep the Mexican equivalent of the La Cosa Nostra out more effectively than we did in 1915 in New York.
And we need an immigration policy that is clear and can be understood by everybody.
Those are bi-partisan objectives. There is nothing here that a Harry Reid can contribute to because he doesn’t care about anything that isn’t political.
And the folks at La Raza (who keep blathering about ‘taking back the southwest’) should, perhaps, concentrate their efforts on fixing the Mexican side of the equation. They would have a lot more credibility if Mexico’s government wasn’t controlled by a bunch of mobbed up drug lords.
It would also be nice if the Republicans would stop worrying about a fundamentally conservative group of people (mostly Catholic, pro-life Hispanics) voting Democrat if we give them a path to citizenship.
We are where we are as a result of abject stupidity on the part of both parties.
Don’t you think that it is time for the grown-ups to fix the problem idiots like Reid and Obama are striving to make worse once and for all?