As I’ve said before, there’s nothing in this comprehensive immigration law that’s going to stop illegal immigration. Nor is there anything from the “stop illegal immigration” side that’s every going to pass, or if it does pass, it’ll take years to implement.
But it makes great political theater. Here are some highlights:
- The plan to send illegal immigrants home is defeated. I swear you can’t make this stuff up. What’s worse, it’s a temporary exile until the person can re-enter. Notice I didn’t say “legally” re-enter.
- Trent Lott is getting heat from his constituents. They have the gall to call his office and tie up his phone lines letting him know they’re unhappy about his support of the immigration bill! Silly constituents! The phone is for “people with concerns about Social Security or veterans’ benefits can’t get through”. Some of them are even using profanity! TERM LIMITS, people. See why we need it?
- The crux of the problem? It’s with Mexico. The country is rife with corrupt politicians, corrupt police, corrupt lawyers, judges, etc., all on the payroll of the drug cartels. And if you’re not on the payroll, you’re dead meat. Which would you rather be? Rich or dead? In the meantime, people go to work in the safest place around– America! Here they can send money back home to the family so they can bribe the local officials and live in relative safety. If we really wanted to stop the drug cartels, we should just reinvent the Monroe Doctrine and take military action against all drug cartels. Once a drug lord springs up, squash him. Zero tolerance.
People are leaving Mexico because they want to leave Mexico. If the Democrats were so unhappy after the 2004 election, why didn’t they flee to Canada or Mexico? Because the didn’t want to leave the U.S.! As bad as things are here, we’re not Mexico. Or Canada. (I’m just kidding– don’t send a curling team to whack my butt with brooms, ok, eh?)
So the solution is to make Mexico a place where nationals don’t want to leave. Once that happens, everybody will be happy. In the meantime, building a wall to keep the illegals out works to a degree, but they still play a vital role in the agricultural economy. So give them easy temporary visas (guest worker), track them, track their employers, and build a wall to force them to register as guest workers. If you bottleneck the route in, it’s easier to find out who’s coming in and out of the country. In the meantime, Mexicans can come in and work in the US in a legal manner.