There are many facets to the immigration issue. The left talks mostly about the emotional side; “We can’t separate the children from the parents.” “We are an immigrant nation.” (Making the false comparison between our ancestors and current migrants.) Some on the left have gone as far as quoting the Statue of Liberty “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” The right tend to speak more about the fiscal, national health and national security risks we face, from an unsecured border. The problem we face is convincing both sides, why each other’s arguments are valid and worth acting upon.
- We must begin dealing with illegal immigration by securing the border first. Using our military assets here at home, would be a great start. Trillions of US tax dollars have been spent over the past decades, toppling dictators, rebuilding war torn countries, funding proxy wars and foreign aid is given to seemingly hostile countries. Put an end to this and devote the funding to securing our borders.
- Yes the welfare system promoted in the United States is the positive side of the magnetic draw from Central American countries to the U.S. The question that too many people can’t seem to answer is, ‘what is the negative pole of this magnet’? I believe, as did Milton Friedman, that drug prohibition in the United States has created a narcotic monopoly in Central America. Drug Cartels in Central America have grown rich off of an ever evolving substance addiction in the US. Along with growing bank accounts these cartels have more and more influence over the political culture, a violent influence. Since President Nixon began the ‘War on Drugs’ in 1971 trillions have been spent enforcing drug laws on the streets, as well as over seas. The incarceration rate in the US has skyrocketed for non violent drug charges, many of which destroy opportunities for the offenders future. The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that the United States spends $51 billion annually on the War on Drugs. This is another failed policy that has carried on for far too long.
- As you continue to recognize the economic issues of illegal immigration you must never over look the added weight on our most basic systems. Schools, hospitals, social security, medicare/medicaid, prisons, police and fire departments are all funded by tax paying citizens. With over 300 million citizens taking part, roughly 47% of working Americans pay no income tax. When you add the millions of illegal immigrants to the ranks of people taking from these programs, it’s no mystery how we have accumulated $17 trillion dollars in national debt. Of course cutting back on much of these programs is a must, there should also be more individuals taking part in the funding. By eliminating the federal income tax and replacing it with a nation consumption tax, like the FairTax, every consumer will become a contributing factor in funding the programs they absorb. President Obama has decided to give legal residence to 5 million illegals, this will also have an effect on working Americans. Lower wage jobs will be taken by many of these people without the fear of the government coming down on these businesses. The Fair Tax will incentivize businesses to come back to the United States, while eliminating burdensome taxes, that stifle job creation already.
I can’t imagine a scenario, in modern America, where millions of people are actually rounded up and deported. Taking these action I have laid out should match many of the issues we face because of illegal immigration.
For information on the House Bill https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/25
For information on the Senate Bill https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/155
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