Current Events, Pt. 1, Immigration
|You leave the country for a couple of weeks and everything seems to go crazy. When is a leak not a leak, UCLA somehow makes the final game before losing to Florida, Barry Bonds continues his quest to steal the home run title from a truly honorable guy, Hank Aaron, and there are immigration protests everywhere. This is what I want to talk about today.|
Let me set the plate for you. I believe in full disclosure, so here it is. I work in Mexico. I have worked with people who are here in the United States illegally. I have helped people get their papers, and I have seen the utter randomness of our immigration policies first hand. I have many friends who cross the border legally every year, and some who do so illegally. I know people from Latin American, here both legally and illegally who are on both sides of the issue. I speak Spanish, can, and have debated the issue on both sides of the border with both Christian and non Christian folks. As an employer I was personally responsible for checking and signing off on US Immigration I-9 employment documents. I am not an expert. I am just someone who has thought and observed a lot about this issue.
So where does that bring us? We have some problems. As a nation, our borders are incredibly porous. It seems to me that regardless of what side of the issue you are on, we can all agree that politically, and from a security viewpoint, it makes sense to know who is coming into and going out of your country. We are also short on people willing to work at certain jobs. Construction, farming, agricultural, and the service industries would all suffer if we sent all of our illegal immigrants home. Statistics bear out that we do not have enough people in our work force to fill these jobs. That said, I’d like to make the following suggestions to our respected politicians so they can ignore them and come up with a set of solutions that might satisfy their constituents but solve nothing. We’ll start with the participants.
This should get the ball rolling, later this week I’ll post my enforcement ideas and thoughts on how to help us avoid this situation in the future.
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