All too often, I've been seeing conservative pundits and thinkers treat immigration reform as if all we needed to do was put a division of Marines with shoot to kill orders on the Rio Grande, and all would be well with our country. One writer even compared the expulsion of illegal immigrants to the Holocaust. No, I am not making this up. It's really embarassing.
That said, however, there are legitimate reasons to want borders enforced that have everything to do with not only our own security and prosperity, but also that of those who wish to come here.
Specifically, illegal immigration (or even "guest worker" status) creates an inherently unequal playing field between employers and employees. Illegals are told to "do it or face the INS." Citizens are told "do it or be replaced by an illegal." And we wonder why there is a lot of resentment in the lower middle class and the poor! We need to control our borders if only to preserve the rights of lower income workers.
Moreover, when we depress the wages of the poor through uncontrolled immigration, we end up paying their living expenses through welfare programs. In other words, the middle class ends up subsidizing the labor pool for the upper classes--just like stadium bills force the middle class to fund entertainment for the rich. One doesn't need to be a populist to see the problems with this!
Then there is family life; when a man breaks the law to find a job, he often leaves his wife and children at home. That's generally not good for family life, to put it mildly, and according to some, it leads to the destruction of the economies and families the men leave behind.
Finally, there are the issues of immigrants dying in the desert, "other than Mexican" immigrants (e.g. terrorists) coming in, tropical diseases, and a general contempt for the law. The long and short of it is that illegal immigration hurts a lot of people on both sides of the border, and it's time for our government (and Mexico's) to admit that good fences make good neighbors.
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