Amnesty is NOT the Answer!

President Obama gave a trademark State of the Union address Tuesday night during which he said, “we must reform our immigration system to be enforceable and provide legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants.”

Our immigration system does NOT need reform, it needs enforcement!

Since 1970 our population has grown from 203 million to over 310 million.  Much of that increase is due to the number of immigrants brought in each year plus their offspring.  This population growth has produced a serious strain on America’s resources and the American people.  All areas of our society have been impacted, and mostly in a negative fashion.  The numbers show that we can accept and assimilate about 250,000 additional people a year.  Instead, we’ve brought in close to 750,00 per year. 

These immigrants are NOT bad people! This has NOTHING to do with who these people are or where they came from.  It is a simple matter of numbers.  The numbers are too large and are unsustainable! 

Since 1986 anywhere from 11-15 million illegal aliens have appeared within our borders.  They are NOT counted in the above numbers.  This has happened because of two reasons.  One, the amnesty had the effect of encouraging illegal immigration.  And two, the penalties and protections intended to prevent illegal immigration have NOT been enforced. 

Providing legal status for millions of undocumented immigrants will NOT solve the problem, it WILL preserve and exacerbate the problem.  NO AMNESTY!!
Mike Burt February 04, 2014 at 10:15 AM
First, I did not fact check your numbers. I will take them at face value but I will say that we need to get past a few assumptions. First, not all illegal immigrants are Mexican or from the southern hemisphere or come to our country due to economic reasons. The fact is that they come here for the same reasons our forefathers did. Economic and political and as slaves against their own will. For example, the Asia region immigration population is driven by economic opportunity however also by political unrest and involuntarily as indentured servants or sex slaves. The question then becomes, are we willing to look at these issues as well? If so, it will not be cheap so let’s make sure we add that to the tab. Second, they do pay taxes. While not all may not pay income tax, they do pay local and regional sales taxes in excess of 10.6 billion dollars each year. Furthermore, many employers of illegal immigrants still deduct the normal taxes that you and I pay regardless. This is in itself illegal but I do not hear anyone crying to enforce these laws. The fact is that the economic reasons for expelling illegal immigrants simply does not hold water. According to a University of Arizona study, we now have set up a global “need” to have illegal workers based on three main reasons - global economic change, the inadequacy of channels for legal economic migration, and ineffective employer sanctions. While I understand your argument, implementing it would drive up the cost of goods and services as well as spend untold millions of dollars to accomplish it only to have the same problem to solve 10 years down the road. The answer is not simply enforcing laws. If it were that easy, it would have been done under (each administration has attempted it) Reagan, George Bush Sr, Jr., Clinton, and Obama. The answer in the end is a long term view which supports democracy w/in these countries in order to bring about stronger economic and political unrest. In the end, illegal immigration has nothing to do with keeping people out. Instead, it is about supporting the global community to do what is right in support of their people.


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