Immigration reform

Scottish American

Scottish American (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We lure people from south of the border to work here at jobs Americans don’t want to, at wages that Americans won’t accept and then we treat them poorly. The undocumented risk death to get here and they are mistreated by some of their employers and by some police departments. They pay payroll taxes for which they do not receive benefits and their children are maligned in the media. It is a sorry chapter in our history and it is time to close that chapter. Instead of admitting them to American society, some want to create a new class of citizens, who are here legally but can’t vote. Enough. It is difficult enough and expensive enough to become an American citizen if you are here legally. Let us not make it even more difficult for those who are here without proper documentation. The sooner we admit those people to American life, the sooner they can become productive members of society and the sooner we can move on to solving other problems.

Please see Joe Arpaio

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Compromise

English: March for America brings 200,000 peop...

English: March for America brings 200,000 people to Washington, DC, to call for comprehensive immigration reform. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mike Lee and others complain about the length of proposed laws such as immigration reform. The number of pages in a bill or law is not an indication of its quality; it is an indication of how much compromise was required to produce it. And in Washington now, compromise is not valued by some and is therefore difficult to achieve. Better and shorter bills could be written if the desire for compromise were greater.

Trust

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del...

Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some Republicans are opposed to comprehensive immigration reform because they say they do not trust the Federal government to secure the border if the law is passed. They point to 1986 as an example of government bad faith and resultant amnesty. They fail to mention that the GOP was in the White House for the following SIX years: Ronald Reagan for two years and GHW Bush for four years. Republicans are saying that you can’t trust the Federal government when they are in power and you can’t trust the Federal government when they are out of power because they will do everything in their power in Congress to block effective governmental action. We just can’t trust the GOP. My solution: don’t put Republicans in office in the White House or in Congress. If we reduce their numbers sufficiently, they will not be a factor in preventing the Federal government from working for all of us.

Please see Amnesty

Amnesty

Immigration Reform Now!

Immigration Reform Now! (Photo credit: cool revolution)

Am-nes-tee
Am-nes-tee
Can’t you see
Comprehensive immigration reform
Is am-nes-tee
Am-nes-tee?
Republicans oppose it.
Mike Lee and the GOP support measured
Step-by-step immigration reform
Over twenty-five to fifty years.
Legal status yes
No citizenship
No right to vote
No am-nes-tee.
Cheap labor is good
For the e-cono-mee
The e-cono-mee.
Amnesty costs too much
No am-nes-tee
No am-nes-tee

A path to citizenship

English: Oath of citizenship ceremony

English: Oath of citizenship ceremony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any path to citizenship
Is a fast track to amnesty
So say the critics.
Reach out to minorities
But don’t touch hearts and minds.
Fourteen years is a long, hard road.
An obstacle course lined with
Fines, fees, back taxes and misery.
My children are citizens, US born.
Why must I suffer to join them
And enjoy the benefits of citizenship?
Justice delayed is justice denied.