Republicans Don’t Understand our Two Simple Choices on Immigration

When I listen to the presidential candidates debate immigration policy, I don’t get the feeling that they understand the choice that we have to make, and that includes President Obama. It’s a binary choice. We have to choose one of two options. Option One: Let everyone immigrate to the U.S. who wants to come here in search of a better life. Option Two: Enforce a numerical restriction on the number of people who can immigrate to the U.S. each year in search of a better life.

Limits or no limits. That’s the choice that we have to make. As a lawyer, I like to think I can make the case for each. Here’s the case for Option One, which might also be called Open Borders:

Every American is either an immigrant or the descendent of ancestors who came here from somewhere else in search of a better life. And that includes Native Americans. Setting a numerical limit on immigration forces us to turn away people just like our immigrant ancestors. Open immigration has always been good for America. The nation was founded on open immigration. We built a great republic on open immigration. It’s what distinguishes us from other countries and societies. It’s what makes us exceptional. It’s what grows our economy and expands the skill set of our work force.

But here’s the case for Option Two, a Numerical Limit on Immigration: The American frontier is long gone now. Our population has more than doubled in my lifetime from 151 million in 1950 to 309 million in the 2010 census, and is projected to grow to 438 million by 2050 if we do nothing but maintain the current numerical limits on immigration. Because the U.S. birthrate has fallen to the replacement rate of 2.0 per woman, most if not all net U.S. population growth is attributable to immigration, legal and illegal.

How are we going to provide good jobs, good schools, good housing, and good health care for an additional 120 million people given our track record so far? Where are they going to drive and park their automobiles? How many more millions of barrels of oil will we have to import from the Middle East, or extract from deep water wells on the ocean floor? How many more millions of tons of dirty coal will we have to burn to generate electricity? How many more nuclear power plants, and how much more nuclear waste from those plants will we have to live with? How do we protect the environment and limit greenhouse gas emissions with 120 million more people?

All of those challenges and problems we are currently facing will be made more challenging and difficult if we throw the borders open to all comers.

While I respect the arguments presented by the proponents of Option One, Open Borders, I’m not willing myself to bet the republic that they’re right. And I’m confident that the overwhelming majority of the American people favor Option Two, enforcing a numerical limit on the immigrants entering the U.S. each year. We can’t solve all the world’s problems by allowing all the world’s people to move to the U.S.

Having made the choice, how do we go about implementing an immigration limit? How many immigrants should we allow in each year? How do we choose among the many more who wish to immigrate? Who decides? The answer is….

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  1. Illegals and Amnesty

    1) Have those that are already here — register (just like our ancestors did at Ellis Island);
    2) Background checks are a MUST;
    3) After they register, they MUST attend classes to learn to read and speak English (most community colleges offer classes);
    4) They must learn the Constitution; Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence (and be tested);
    5) They must then go before a judge to be sworn in as an American Citizen.
    6) The men "must" join the Military if he is under 30 years of age.
    7) They must have a health Check

    The adults will NEVER receive Social Security benefits because they have not paid into it.
    They are NOT to receive food stamps for the same reason. They have never paid into the system to warrant receiving food stamps.

    8) Put the Military on the border. Place signs at every major path where they come into the U.S. Also run ads in all the major newspapers; and give a press release to every major TV station in Mexico.
    IF shot crossing the border "illegally, any lawsuits will not be accepted in any U.S. court.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      It sounds good but why not ship them back then and then let them back using your steps.

      • Edward…, you cannot possibly ship or deport millions of illegals. I've always felt like you do, but then when I saw the actual numbers…it would be impossible. Obama knows this.

        All of them have allowed it to go too far. A fence won't protect us. They have tunnels they go through "if" they can pay enough. If not that, they'll steal one of those "extended ladders" and crawl over — or dig under.

        I hate it — but the reality is to implement something in the form of what I have written above…and STICK TO IT!!!
        I don't you. I don't know if you know senior citizens that are on food stamps because they only get approximately $800 a month in social security and have food stamps; but, what I can tell you, and I know this for a fact, they "were" receiving $126 per month — however, now with the illegals here? They are receiving $65.00 per month. Illegals also get Medicaid for the children…
        It isn't right.

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          There's the misinformation again. We CAN deport all illegal aliens that are here. Might not be able to do it in a year. Maybe not even two. But if we secure our borders and systematically deport the illegals, we can get the job done. Knowing there is a good chance they WILL be deported, there will be less incentive to cross illegally.
          And by the way, numbers 2,3,4,5, and 7 are ALREADY requirements to become an American citizen. As a LEGAL citizen, they can only collect from Social Security what they put in just like any other American. The best part about LEGAL immigration is they must be sponsored with a job BEFORE they can immigrate. This removes the chance that they will sponge off our welfare system. (solution for welfare)
          As for the tunnels, quit prosecuting land owners for protecting their properties against illegal aliens crossing and destroying their lands. This will send a LOUD message.

          • It isn't being enforced. My favorites are:
            6) The men "must" join the Military if he is under 30 years of age.
            7) They must have a health Check

            The adults will NEVER receive Social Security benefits because they have not paid into it.
            They are NOT to receive food stamps for the same reason. They have never paid into the system to warrant receiving food stamps.

            8) Put the Military on the border. Place signs at every major path where they come into the U.S. Also run ads in all the major newspapers; and give a press release to every major TV station in Mexico.
            IF shot crossing the border "illegally, any lawsuits will not be accepted in any U.S. court.

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            But isn't that the whole point? ENFORCE immigration law.Start deporting all those sponging illegals.
            I believe there should be forced military service, for men and women. Get the kids out of high school and teach them what it means to be a team player and contribute to society.This would cut the gang activity and kids getting hooked on drugs. We would also have the manpower for the borders.
            You do realize that anyone who works here legally can receive Social Security? Thats even if you come here as an adult. If you have a work permit, H1B Visa or a SS# you will pay into SS and then can obtain benefits when you're eligible.
            And interesting statement about lawsuits not being accepted. It's sad that an illegal can sue, a criminal can sue, but a legal, law abiding citizen can't sue the government for failure to protect. Then the government WILL sue you for protecting your land.

          • In 2004: FAIR estimates that in 2007 the illegal immigrant population is above 13 million persons. Government and academic estimates indicate that as of 2006 there were 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies estimated the illegal immigrant population at 10 million as of November 2004.

            IF you like it.
            Illegals and Amnesty

            1) Have those that are already here — register (just like our ancestors did at Ellis Island);
            2) Background checks are a MUST;
            3) After they register, they MUST attend classes to learn to read and speak English (most community colleges offer classes);
            4) They must learn the Constitution; Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence (and be tested);
            5) They must then go before a judge to be sworn in as an American Citizen.
            6) The men "must" join the Military if he is under 30 years of age.
            7) They must have a health Check

            The adults will NEVER receive Social Security benefits because they have not paid into it.
            They are NOT to receive food stamps for the same reason. They have never paid into the system to warrant receiving food stamps.

            8) Put the Military on the border. Place signs at every major path where they come into the U.S. Also run ads in all the major newspapers; and give a press release to every major TV station in Mexico.
            IF shot crossing the border "illegally, any lawsuits will not be accepted in any U.S. court.

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            Ok? As I said. SECURE the borders. DEPORT all illegal aliens that are here. Might take a few years to get them all, but without MORE entering, it will eventually get done. I wonder what the unemployment rate would be if we remove at least HALF of that amount. I'd also love to see what happens to the medical and education systems without the 13 million sponges on it.

            And so AGAIN, allow the illegal aliens who are here JUMP IN FRONT of the LEGAL immigrants wanting citizenship? Reward those breaking the law instead of those following it? Most everything on your list is what is REQUIRED NOW before you can obtain citizenship.Only one not is mandatory military service.
            And despite age, if you are a legal citizen, and eligible, you are ENTITLED to Social Security. There are many on it now despite never having worked a day in their lives. Called SSI. Same goes for welfare.
            You prefer murder to illegal immigration?
            NO Amnesty.

            And not EVERYONES ancestors are registered at Ellis Island. I have NO ancestors overseas. Mine are registered on Rolls and some died on the forced removal from our homes.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    I say we can't get them all at once so do it piece meal some today and some tomorrow.Isn't it a sin that the kids in Cal. couldn't wear shirts with the American Flag because we didn't want to offend the illegal horde.The worst part is we have some tootsie judge backing the school and crapping on Americans.When the Irish,Polish and Italians parade down 5th ave. you see people wearing shirts with American Flags on them and no fights because they're proud to be Americans.Sam Houston kicked their asses once and we don't need to be told by the illegal aliens whay to do.

    • Betsy K. Larsen says:

      I am from Texas, and I know that Texas has more guns per capita than any other state. So if it came down to it, a “war” of any kind in defense of our country, State, would be an ugly sight, for from what I know of Texans, they are a different breed of Americans altogether. I for one, would join in a heartbeat to save my country, and especially the Great State of Texas. Say what you want about this state, but it is one hell of a place to live, and I would not live any other place, and I would not have Texas any other way than what it is! Illegals are over running our borders, and over running everywhere else in this state, and it’s time that this stopped, for it it taking away from Americans and Texans alike. We paid our taxes, and we EARNED what we now expect from OUR government, they DO NOT! It is going to come to a fight sooner or later, and I fear that it is going to be sooner, rather than later. Given the temperature of Patriotic Americans who are sick of seeing their tax dollars and everything else being GIVEN to those who did not earn it, nor were they born here, time is growing short, as are the tempers of American Citizens. Rightly so, as we are being stolen from and treated as if it is we, the people, who are the problem, rather than the millions of ILLEGALS WHO COME WITH HANDS OUT FOR FREE EVERYTHING! And I am sick of seeing this daily in MY OWN COUNTRY, while these ILLEGALS sue, SUE MY GOVERNMENT FOR……..WHAT? For simply treating them as what they are……….ILLEGAL INVADERS WHO DID NOT ENTER AS THEY SHOULD ENTER, IF THEY WANT TO BECOME CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY, and who REFUSE TO LEARN OUR LANGUAGE! No, to ALL ILLEGALS! NO NO NO NO AND NO UPON NO!!!!!! I can be fair and go with Option 2, if I must choose one……………

    • A few atititude adjustments from a few concerned ditizens on a couple of tootsie judges could go a long way in straightening out our judges.

  3. Make English the official national language of the USA. Quit printing notices, documents, signs etc. in other languages. This alone would amount to tremendous savings in the cost of printing.

    Also, if one is in need of an interpreter, then that person must pay for one, not the other way around. Companies are now paying the bill for interpreters and this adds to their costs of doing business.

    ESL classes in our schools are taking time and resources away from the students and decreasing the quality of our education system. Learn English BEFORE you enter our education system.

    With English as our language, those who refuse to learn how to speak, read and write it, will be less inclined to immigrate here.

    PRESS ONE for English is insane. Learn English or leave!!!

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