“I support legal and orderly immigration. Enforced borders and orderly entry are prime factors that define a nation; that is my position,” declared the candidate.
His opposition, however opined at length to the contributions of immigrants, carefully omitting the word “illegal” and whined about the impossibility of stemming the hemorrhage from south of the border.
This is the short form of today’s critical national immigration debate.
It’s all about growth. Today, three-fourths of the U.S. population growth is directly due to immigration – both legal and illegal (including their birth rate). At this rate of increase, our present population of about 288 million will nearly double to over 500 million in less than 45 years. With them they bring their labor, but they also bring their cultural attitudes. One only has to study the last great wave of immigration from 1890 to 1920 to see the changes they wrought in our society, culture and future.
But where is that growth? Notice it is among new immigrants — both legal and otherwise. The net population of Western European Americans is aging and declining. By the year 2050 the United States will be a very different place. Here’s an example of what I mean, this new demographic is generally Christian, Pro-Life, and not too interested in Gay Marriage. Of course, if an devout immigrant Muslim father learns that his two twin 9 year old daughters are being exposed to the LBGT agenda in school, who knows what he’s apt to do about it.
Two historical events directly impacted this current immigration explosion: the Immigration Act of 1965, which radically altered traditional U.S. immigration policy, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The 1986 Act, under then Vice President George Bush, granted amnesty to an estimated three million illegal aliens in exchange for strict sanctions against employers hiring workers without documentation. The 1986 Act has been enforced very sparingly if at all in the years since.
In 1925, during the last wave of major immigration, it was noted that, “… they who control a country’s immigration policy controls the future of that country.” What does that mean for our present future as a people? [and as something fun to do, find out where the quote came from, I know where, but its much better if you look it up for yourselves.]
Just how many sides are there to the immigration issue? You might as well try to figure out how many sides to a sphere, just try to find something that current illegal immigration doesn’t impact.
Immigration impacts (in no particular order):
· Urban sprawl
· Education quality
· Infrastructure development (roads, transportation and energy needs)
· Wages, jobs, and the legal system
· Crime, police, the courts, and the prison system
· The environment and open spaces
· Housing costs
· Political power as individuals with little or no background in our Constitutional Republic begin to organize politically and demand a voice in the process
· The religious institutions of our society
· Our welfare and social services
· Our taxes
· Our social security
· Our health care systems (and our health)
· Our language
· National Park System, which just announced spending federal funds to explore ways to increase park attractiveness to new migrants!
All of these facets to immigration require resources; they cost money. Where are those resources going to come from? A single undocumented worker’s family often has a single wage earner at the semi-skilled end of the wage scale and, from that income a wife and children (and grandparents) must be supported. The tax revenues simply aren’t there to support all the social costs of the larger extended families and special needs based on the taxes derrived from the wage earner.
In simple terms contrast the immigrant just here from Sinaloa having his mother-in-law, his wife, and six children … with the mid-50 year old childless university couple looking forward to retirement. Now tell me this is a single point issue.
The bottom line is, an equitable system must be established to deal with labor migration in North America. I for one would love to enjoy the political, social, and economic benefits that migrants in the US enjoy – in Mexico. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work two ways (yet).