Illegal Immigration - Reality Check
First, I think it is disrespectful of the US Constitution and the Legislature for this Administration and past Administrations to establish policies which ignore adherence and enforcement of established laws whether I personally agree with them or not. Under current law the Federal government is responsible for protecting the United States borders and it is the responsibility of the Administration to perform that duty with all available resources or admit its failure.
Second, I believe the laws regarding immigration are all wrong! Also, other laws, such as illegal drug and minimum wage laws, enhance problems associated with border crossings, crime, and other illicit activities.
You cannot create enforceable laws against the human condition and the right of life and expect a positive result. Additionally, if we were to enforce current immigration laws to their fullest we, The United States of America, would be guilty of oppression, suffering, and deaths of our fellow human beings by disallowing them the opportunities we can usually take for granted (at least for now).
So what is the solution? The following steps would be an admirable start:
1. Make immigration information clear and easy to understand for all who wish to immigrate to the United States. Visit http://www.uscis.gov/ and try to figure out how to immigrate. There should be a big button marked "I want to immigrate" along with a simple set of steps. Also, remove the quota and discriminatory preferential system.
2. Get rid of the drug wars by getting rid of the laws causing illegal drug sales profitability. Current drug laws create a black/illicit market for drugs creating a culture already consisting of illegal activity. Reference the US Prohibition laws from the 1920's for a similar case study including mobs (gangs).
3. Open up immigration laws to allow all persons who want the opportunities and protections offered by the United States Constitution. Border protection should be limited to those truly unwanted such as terrorists or people who have previously violated other's rights through deceit, fraud, or violence.
4. Get rid of the minimum wage laws and other employer burdens which make it cost prohibitive in a global economy for certain industries to be profitable and incentives the use of illegal labor.
5. Embrace your fellow immigrants. Even the Native Americans immigrated to this land, just before the rest of our families. Also embrace the ideology of our founding fathers and the inscription on the Statue of Liberty for those who seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
' With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Let's create an immigration framework that is user friendly and be the open and accepting people of the world built on the concept of human, not government, endeavor.