Part 1 of a 5-part series on what to do about our immigration problem.
Politically the most difficult part of the immigration debate is what to do with all the illegal aliens currently present in the country. Partly because many, if not most, of them are of Hispanic descent, and Hispanics are a growing electoral demographic. But the real reason why it’s a major thorn in the paw is the Democrat Party tendency to demagoguery on behalf of racial minorities. Still worse, these same minorities do not appear to see they are being used by the Democrats for political gain, rather than any attempt to accrue benefits to these minority populations. However, while this is the thorniest political issue, it isn’t actually a real problem; this one can be solved.
The real problem in our immigration system is threefold: one, we’re not actually following the law as it is presently written; two, our system, being inclined to promote diversity, is poorly directed; and three, our borders are not secure, resulting in a great danger to the People. The first is easily enough corrected on paper, but accomplishing it on the ground will be rather harder to do. Simply enforce the law. Period. It is possible to argue there are too many lawyer-serving delays written into the code and a re-write is necessary to smooth the system’s operation. This is true enough, but simple enforcement would be a major step in the right direction and help a good bit about securing the border as well. The second is rather more difficult. Our current immigration system is designed to promote diversity in the immigrant population. I’d like to say I’m sure they thought they were doing the right thing when they wrote it, but it was written by Ted Kennedy, of evil memory, and I’d be lying if I did. Ted did it because he was trying to increase minority dependency on the government and the Democrat Party, a thing little, if any, better than slavery. I am of the opinion diversity happens all by itself, there is no need to go out of one’s way to seek it. Historically, in this country, our immigrants have come in waves, from different places and for different reasons, excepting only the indentured servants imported in colonial days and the slaves forcibly abducted from Africa. Rather than diversity, it would be better to incline our policy direction toward a net economic benefit model. The third real issue, border security, is the worst problem of all. We have enemies, and they will attack us if they can. A porous border does not work to our advantage.