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Friday, April 14, 2006

Should illegal immigration be against the law

We need to decide if being in this country illegally is against the law or not. If it is, then those who are here illegally are breaking the law and should be deported, businesses should be fined and penalized for hiring people who are here illegally, and the U.S. needs to increase border security between this country and Mexico.
But, if we decide that being here illegally is not against the law then we should make those who are here illegally and want to become citizens into citizens – they could go to say the post office and sign up, we should tear down any barrier between the U.S. and Mexico as there would be no reason to restrict anyone from coming into this country, we should dismantle the U.S. Immigration Service including the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and fire all Border Patrol Agents because they would no longer serve a purpose, we should do away with visas because anyone can come here and stay as long as they like, we should take away any restrictions on citizenship since if breaking the law by being here illegally does not prevent someone from becoming a citizen then why should any restrictions like ability to speak the English language or even the most basic knowledge of American civics prevent citizenship, we should apologize to anyone who struggled through the lengthy process to legally become a citizen since we are just giving it away now, and we should just accept that America will be dropping off point for the world’s poor and undereducated.
Perhaps someone can tell me why granting amnesty is not equivalent to the second part? There is no good reason to allow illegal immigration or work visas that can not be combated with a better reason on why not to, the difference is that those are who arguing for allowing illegal immigration, work visas or the status quo are all well financed lobbying groups that represent big business, labor unions, and Hispanic rights groups. The overwhelming majority of Americans don’t want amnesty, but unless people speak out that’s what we are going to get.


Anonymous spotz said...

Who, exactly, is arguing for completly open borders?

Sat Apr 15, 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger erinberry said...

Spotz, no one is. The weak but common argumentative tactic he's using is to put forth an argument no one is making, then destroy that argument. So in actuality, what he proves is a whole lot of nothing.

Sat Apr 15, 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well, here is someone advocating open borders in an article from the Washington Times dated January 12, 2004:
Mexican President Vicente Fox yesterday said he favors open borders across North America, not amnesty for his countrymen illegally residing in the United States.
The alien work program announced last week by President Bush would not encourage aliens to remain in the United States, because they love their home country, the Mexican president told the "Fox News Sunday" program.
"We are not looking for an amnesty [for] Mexico. It's not that we're looking for these Mexicans working productively in the United States to become U.S. citizens. They like tacos, they like their families, they like their community, they like Mexico. Unfortunately, they don't have the opportunities that they would like to have as persons, so that's why they move," Mr. Fox said.
Mr. Fox said all immigration barriers should be removed to allow people to live and work in the country of their choosing, whether it be Mexico, the United States or Canada.

And from the Wall Street Journal, a bastion of ridiculous liberal thought from an article dated July 2, 2001:
Reformist Mexican President Vincente Fox raises eyebrows with his suggestion that over a decade or two Nafta should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders for not only goods and investment but also people. He can rest assured that there is one voice north of the Rio Grande that supports his vision. To wit, this newspaper.
We annually celebrate the Fourth of July with a paean to immigration, the force that tamed this vast continent and built this great Republic. This is not simply history; immigration continues to refresh and nourish America; we would be better off with more of it. Indeed, during the immigration debate of 1984 we suggested an ultimate goal to guide passing policies--a constitutional amendment: "There shall be open borders."

But, don’t just take my word for it that open border advocates are all around, Congressman Tom Tancredo said, “You have to understand that there are people who are committed to the elimination of the concept of nation-states, for all intents and purposes. There are people who are so committed to that, that a terrorist attack doesn't affect that theory."

Sun Apr 16, 12:39:00 AM  

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