Re: ". . . packs of armed Predators patrolling . . . moves the
militarization of the border out of the expensive-boondoggle category into
something much, much darker."And, by "darker," the open
borders crowd means "effective."
20 years ago we had 4000 border agents. 10 years ago we had 10,000. Today we
have 22,000. This bill will double that number. Net migration from Mexico today
is estimated to be zero, meaning as many people are leaving as coming. This is
not a wise use of taxpayer resources.A much cheaper method is by
fining and charging businesses who employ illegal labor. But Corporate America
doesn't like that, so we're not going to do it.
The best deterrent to illegal immigration isn't building a Berlin Wall,
with drones, and army men every 2 meters... The best deterrent to illegal
immigration is actually enforcing laws against employers thumbing their nose at
our laws. It should be simple. Get caught employing illegally? You not only lose
your business but go to jail. If employers knew that they faced stiff penalties
like this, you'd be amazed how they'd suddenly start employing regular
Americans. And if there aren't any jobs for the illegals, then there
won't be a problem with illegal immigration."Securing the
border" the way the GOP wants to do it isn't a solutions. It flat out
wont work. At worst, it's a handout to contractors who are using this as a
way to increase their profits.
Terrific article. And by far the best solution to the problem of illegal
immigration would be to issue more green cards. We need the labor, and we need
the economic boost immigrants always provide.
The writer need not worry about beefed up security along the border. This
administration doesn't enforce it's laws. There will be no
enforcement--just a lot of money spent on hardware and agents.
"We need the labor"No we don't. We have an
abundance of labor right now. Millions are still unemployed and millions more
are underemployed. How about better business owners? Employ legally.
Or pay wages that folks can actually live on? If you don't do this, then
you will lose your business and go to jail. The problem and solution
isn't with labor, but with business owners. Why do they feel like they can
continually break our laws and not suffer any consequences?I thought
the GOP was the party of accountability? Why aren't businesses who break
our laws ever held accountable?
It's a little surprising how conservatives who otherwise loathe big
government and oppressive regulations on business can embrace an expensive (yet
ineffective), big government solution to the immigration question. Can't
you people see your intellectual dishonesty here? Why is it so wrong for me to
hire whoever I want without getting special permission from the government? Why
do you so-called conservatives want to squash that freedom?
Great article!We need more "bridges" and much less
Not enforceing laws, and then claiming they are broken, is intellectual
dishonesty.Our agents at the border have been told not to turn
people back, and have been disiplined if they do. The border is just as pourous
as ever according to ICE. They currently have a lawsuit against Obama over his
lack of enforcement. We gave out 3.2 million work visas in 2011, and
2.8 million in 2010, most went to people here illegally. 2/3 of our green cards
went to family unification, many of them were in the country illegally. Most of
the people crossing now are new people. It should cost more to break
the law than to obey it.
EricThat only addresses half the problem. The problem with giving
out green cards is how do you keep out the people who we do not want in the
country green card or not? Namely the criminal, drug, gang, types ect? If a
strong border enforcement is not in place, then even if the honest working
immigrant comes in and gets a green care, you will still have the undesirables
coming in too. The drug problem is America is largely a southern border
We have over 12 million people here on green cards that have no desire to become
citizens. They are here for the jobs. Why should Americans put up with surplus
labor brought here illegally? What right does business lobbyists have running
our immigration department? Why should Americans put up with this illegal