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I’d Say His Heart Was in the Right Place, But…..

July 2, 2012

Okay, so illegal immigrants up to the age of 30 who were brought into the country (illegally) prior to the age of 16 can get work permits and stay rather than get deported.

Honestly, I’m not that horrified by the goal of this Executive Order, despite it being unconstitutional.

Clearly and obviously done to court the Hispanic vote, like virtually everything Obama does after all, it sounds like a good idea. But again, like almost everything Obama does, it’s looks good, but in practice it’s actually pretty bad.

Say you’re 18 years old, grew up here with parents who dragged you over from Mexico, and you’d like to live here permanently. Okay, you say, you’ll apply for the work permit. You’ll probably provide school ID with your name, address, story of criminal induction and oh, by the way, the address of your still illegal parents, who will get deported. Unless Immigration is told to look the other way on them, too.

Further, to accomplish this, a ton of staff will need to be hired, new ID cards and permits, etc. etc. Additional spending that isn’t on infrastructure.

I do think a guest-worker program is going to be required to address the problem, but securing the border (NOT with a wall, please) is higher priority as is ending the wars and bringing spending under control. And let’s not forget the economy.

Until then, I think the right choice is to take it on a case-by-case basis. If you think you have a strong case for staying, present your case and if you’re approved, you stay and if you’re not, you go. All or nothing, all in, put up or shut up. Like that.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2012 8:54 am

    I don’t have a lot of knowledge or strong feelings about immigration as an issue, so not much to say on this subject. I think there should clearly be a path to citizenship for those who would be productive, law-abiding members of society, so (whether it’s pandering or not) I’m supportive of Obama’s move to not deport young illegals who are on that path.

    But hey, there is some good news for the anti-immigrant crowd–with our ever-widening inequality, worsening working conditions, decaying infrastructure, and shredded social safety nets, America isn’t nearly the attractive destination for immigrants that it used to be. Net migration from Mexico last year fell to zero, maybe even went negative. Go USA!

  2. July 3, 2012 2:39 pm

    Net LEGAL or ILLEGAL migration? If it’s so much easier to slip across, maybe there isn’t an incentive to do it legally?

  3. July 4, 2012 4:07 pm

    Maybe they’re all here already?

    Like so many things, immigration is broken. It should be fairly easy to come in, and again, the Fair Tax would make that workable.

    Guest worker programs make sense. Allowing people who can contribute to society also makes sense. People sponging, doesn’t.

    Sorry, I’m think in short sentences because I’ve been playing with Cleverbot.

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