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Immigration Reform: Time to Get Practical

Jeff Hall

Posted on March 20, 2021 17:28

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It seemed pretty predictable that, with a new, nicer sheriff in town, there would be a run on the border. It's time to get practical.

After four years of Democrats' calling out Donald Trump's cruelty when it comes to the border, one might figure this gave Democrats plenty of time to come up with a better way.

This current border situation reminds me of Republicans complaining about Obamacare for over a decade now; they have shown themselves completely incapable of proposing a better alternative.

The problem with politics these days is that everyone likes to point fingers and assign blame, but way too little attention goes into coming up with a better plan that both sides can actually live with.

Americans agree on quite a bit, actually; it's our political leaders who are locked into a death grip that makes problem-solving darned near impossible. 

The following ideas seem pretty obvious to me:

1) We need effective border control, otherwise people will continue to pour across our border forever. As much as we might all feel sorry for those wanting to escape Mexico and Central America, I don't think we can absorb them all.

2) Let's determine, as a country, how many immigrants -- legal and temporary -- we really want. How many agricultural workers do we need each year, where, and in what seasons?  How many computer programmers do we want?  How many entrepreneurs?  How many Uber drivers? How many refugees?  Let's not demonize these people; let's figure out how we can maximize their contribution to America.

3) Once we know how many of each type of immigrant we want, we can work backward from there and build systems to accommodate -- or not accommodate -- the influx.

4) We need to find a legal path forward for most of the 12 million illegals already here. There's no way we can ship all these people back. Nor should we want to.  We need their labor. Let's make it legal and bring them into the mainstream of tax-payers.

5) We need to invest in Central America and Mexico and help governments there root out the violence and corruption that drives immigrants our way. American drug consumption is a huge contributor to this situation. Narco gangs with all their guns couldn't exist if it weren't for American drug consumers (and gun manufacturers). We need to tackle our side of the equation, too.

5) Rather than ship manufacturing jobs off to China, why not build factories in Mexico, Central America -- and in mid-America, too?  If so many Americans hadn't lost their manufacturing jobs, we wouldn't see all the opioid use we do. People need work to feel purposeful.  Without purpose, people need an escape -- or someone to blame. 

Whatever you think of Trump, he has keen instincts and understands something: A huge number of Americans won't tolerate, for long, an endless stream of immigrants crossing into America.

If Biden and the Democrats fail to act effectively, Trump could be back. A cruel system that stops the flow might be viewed as better by a majority of voters than a humane policy that is ineffective.

It's time to get practical.

 

 

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on March 20, 2021 17:28

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