Friday, March 31, 2006
Immigration Reform, Bonjo Style
You might expect me to write a piece stating why I agree with the Republicans in our current national immigration debate.
I haven't heard anyone on Capitol Hill talking much sense. The discussion seems to mainly revolve around the fate of the illegal immigrants who are already here.
To be sure, we must decide what to do about the 11 million+ "undocumented workers" who are currently within our borders. However, that is putting the cart before the horse.
The first priority is securing our borders.
Does the doctor put a bandage on the wound that still needs stitches? Or does the doctor first control bleeding, close the wound, then bandage the incision?
Guest worker programs, amnesty programs, gradual naturalization programs... these may all be reasonable solutions, to some degree, if implemented properly, enforced and reviewed regularly.
However, to talk about any such programs before we secure the border is just plain crazy. Note I don't say close the border, I say secure the border. It is a daunting task that will require considerable support and resources.
Those who wish to begin a new life in the United States, through legal processes and following the rules, should always be welcomed in this country.
Once the border is secured, or plans are reasonably in place to secure the border, and the constant flow of unidentified, undocumented and illegal immigrants is on its way to being controlled, we can turn our attention to the 11 million+ individuals who previously slipped into our country without proper authorization. Then, many of the debates we are hearing today will be a welcome part of our civic discourse.
With that, I return to my capitalist endeavors.