Sunday, March 26, 2006

It's time for a change

Immigration. Touchy and I know I said I'll try to stay away from politics and other incendiary issues, but I have to on this one. This is my opinion.

First, we don't need to waste money building a fence along the Mexican border. IF you want to get through fences, you do. All it'll do is create chokepoints. No matter where I was in the army, our perimeters were never 100% secure.

I would love to see a real study done showing how much illegal immigrants contribute to our economy. I think most would be surprised. I support letting the immigrants stay if they have a job and pay taxes. Some say we should allow them to stay after paying a fine, which appears to me as a backhanded way of getting them out. The jobs most of these people have don't pay enough to let them pay a fine. Hmmm. How about their "fine" is to take some type of courses to help them here in our country? Kind of like a first step to citizenship if they want it. If not, then they should be able to get a resident alien status for let's say 5 years, then would have to reapply when the term is up.

But what do we do with the ones who might try to come in the future? How do we solve that? Simple, we don't. Let's open our borders more to Canadians and Mexicans. Take the money out of smuggling people in trucks, etc. Maybe have them go to a reception center for a few days or a week. There they could register, be given info to contact agencies to help with jobs, and maybe be set up with some food vouchers or something.

Ok, let me know what your thoughts are. Maybe we can come up with a plan that will be better than anything COngress can.

1 comment:

Lora said...

That's a better idea then anything I've heard anybody else come up with. I see it causing some huge social changes, but then huge social changes would have to happen for something like that to pass.