Thursday, January 5

Stemming the Problem of Illegal Immigration

Jake Jacobsen from from Freedom Folks commented on yesterday's immigration post.
I just feel it's time for Mexico to get it's shit together and start taking care of it's people. That is not the United States problem nor responsibility.

And unfortunately, we provide a relief valve for the corrupt Mexican Gov. by eliminating the need for them to change. So long as people can come here illegally, and so long as remittances comprise such an astronomical portion of the Mexican economy, I guarantee they won't change.
The thing is, we live in a growingly global economy, and this has real implications for society and culture. So, in fact, it is our problem too! But, you are right--it should NOT be our responsibility. That's why I have been in favor of CAFTA and NAFTA, because it empowers Latin American countries to take steps forward economically.

Jacobsen is affirming the exact point I was attempting to make--that "we provide a relief valve for the corrupt Mexican Gov. by eliminating the need for them to change." To ad injury to insult, police officers and other branches of the government are having their hands tied, and are many times not allowed to even ask an individuals immigration status! That is probably going to start changing, as voters put pressure on their local governments do reform in this area.

I had not thought about the question about allegiance. For citizens, I agree without a doubt. A new citizen should immediately renounce all past allegiances, and should not be allowed to participate in foreign political processes. Of course, and illegal immigrant should not be in this country in the first place, so there is no question about allegiance--they should not have any conveniences or the normal voting and civic rights a law-abiding individual enjoys.

An immigrant resident, while not a US citizen, may be on track for citizenship. So, perhaps that should be part of the application process--if you are planning to apply for citizenship, then you should not be allowed to participate in a foreign countries political processes. I do not see a problem with a worker on a legal temporary work permit being allowed to continue being a good citizen of his or her home country.

In short, illegals have to much influence, and its given to them by the left who want to hinder enforcement. Illegals are also moving a lot of money, so you know that is a big influencer domestically and in these foreign countries. Perhaps money transfers should be restricted to legal immigrants, individuals on legal work permits, legal tourists, residents and citizens. This would dry up the flow of money. To be clear, I am not against an individual sending money to his or her family in a home country--as long as they are the country legally. We live in a global economy, so any dollars produced through honest hard work will return a dividend for the American economy either way. There is not question about the economics of this--it is more an issue of immigrants living under the law.

Michelle Mallkin has more on the issue of enforcement.

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