America is a country made up of immigrants. All of our ancestors have come from somewhere else. All of the immigrants or their descendants have been beneficial to the America. Traditionally immigrants went through a legal process to come to this country and to live here, to work and raise their families. Laws were put into place to facilitate this process. Sometime after the Eisenhower administration the enforcement of immigration laws became lax. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act was intended to halt illegal immigration, control the border and legitimize those illegal aliens that were in the country at the time. Once again the laws were not enforced. Now “The Gang of Eight” is writing another immigration bill. We are a country of laws, but we also seem to be a country of selective enforcement. So, in answer to your question about what I would do to improve immigration; enforce the laws. Simpson-Mazzoli seemed to be a good law, but it wasn’t enforced. We still need immigrants to the United States..but we need those who want to be a part of this country, who want to thrive and prosper and have the country do likewise in their success.
I moved to California from the Philippines when I was 2 years old. I don’t remember much of the process but I don’t think my parents & I were official US citizens until I was at least 5. We already had a few relatives in California. They were nice enough to let us live with them for a few months while we got settled in. Becoming US citizens wouldn’t have been possible if they didn’t help us out.
I’m curious how others feel about America’s immigration policy & what you would do to improve it.
@thebasseteer I agree with your statement. We need to enforce our current laws on immigration. We also need to modernize the immigration system in order to make the process more efficient. I also tend to lean toward more heavily screening individuals of faiths that tend to become radicalized and participate in terrorism. Yes this is considered profiling, but I believe in profiling to keep us safe on an investigation and screening level. Furthermore, I think we can improve our guest worker program. The only downside to guest worker programs are that they work for wages and then send those wages to other countries, I would rather move their families here so immigrants are more likely to live, pay taxes, and use those wages on the local economy rather than in another country. I think our entitlement system and immigration system go hand in hand. You should not just come here to live off of entitlements, you should be a productive member of society.
This is an extraordinarily complicated issue, and one in the front of my brain as I live in southern Cal. (It affects immigrants from all nationalities and circumstances, but, let’s face it, most of the discussion concerns Mexicans and the U.S./Mexican border.) Yes, uphold the law. Yes, secure the borders! Yes, have a guest worker program. Everyone benefits.
BUT, the biggest complication is that of those who are here. I know a woman, came over illegally in the 90′s, did drugs, got caught 20 yrs. ago, met a pastor, went off all substances, became a strong, godly woman, married an American who adopted her baby. They pay taxes, work hard all the time, have raised a good young man. Yes, she should have owned up to her law-breaking long ago; but now, do we deport her, separate her from her husband and son, and the good, otherwise law-abiding lives they are living? Does she “go to the back of the line” and wait, in Mexico, for 10 years? I want to know how to help this good woman and her family.
Should also say, my friend and her husband are working with an immigration lawyer on her status, so that’s good. But Dom Ouano asks for ideas to improve it. Perhaps people in her position who want to remain here and have reasons to stay, should be sponsored by Americans who are willing to go to bat for them. Is that a tenable position? Or would it put them in jeopardy as well?
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