Since roughly 1965, the United States has had immigration policies contrary to our national interest. Those policies chose people from poor nations (or no nations at all) essentially at random. Sometimes literally at random. They could bring their family members over -- or anyone they claimed was a family member, or a spouse. We offered citizenship to anyone who could sneak over the border and have a baby here. (Sure, it took 18 years to do it that way, but it worked). We took in refugees. We gave "temporary" protected status to people who were here illegally when their home nations were hit by natural disasters, and prolonged that status for almost two decades. When foreign governments warned us that people we had accepted as our new proto-citizens were terrorists, we ignored the warning, and people died.
It's time we adjusted our immigration criteria to emphasize people who can, will, and want to assimilate into our society and become Americans. And at the same time, we need to increase our border security to ensure that the only people getting into the country are those we allow in.
There's room for some back and forth on some issues. Technical workers on H1B visas need to be limited to people with truly unique skills, not people who will serve as a cheap source of indentured labor, but the program doesn't have to end completely. It just has to be changed to ensure American jobs go to Americans first. The wall doesn't have to be a sea-to-shining-sea thing of concrete. We can do what makes sense for the terrain and will effectively block illegal crossers. But the status quo has been so harmful, for so long, that we cannot compromise on further amnesties. It will be hard enough to assimilate those already here legally.
Furthermore, we have already been sold the "amnesty now, border security later" deal twice at least. Even Reagan got taken in by it. He thought the other side would deal honestly; they didn't, and the border security never materialized. Bush the Younger got authorization for a border fence, but no funding to actually build it. Trump needs to demand actual border security measures, actually funded, actually implemented, actually proven effective. Only then can the question of what to do with the people already here be considered properly, with at least some measure of the trust necessary to make a deal reestablished.
I'm tempted to suggest dealing with the question of those already here by simply electrifying the fence using green power from big, beautiful windmills. Now that would be a powerful compromise!.
This entry was published Fri Jan 19 09:37:52 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2018-01-19 09:37:52.0.