Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Immigration Reform - Time For Common Sense

The Republican led House of Representatives will shortly take up Immigration Reform.  Hopefully, common sense will prevail.   There is no doubt that Job One must be securing the border with no wiggle room for Obamanistas that refuse to enforce current Immigration Laws.  The Senate Immigration Reform bill has wiggle room in it that must be eliminated.  And then, does it really makes sense to give Citizenship to illegal aliens that entered our country illegally after they were 16 years old.  They are here and no one should be talking about deporting them because that is not going to happen.  Instead, we should provide legal status, maybe a Blue Card, after they pay a fine and any back taxes that may be owed.   However, under no circumstances should these people be provided a path to citizenship, no matter how long it takes, that is different from waiting in line along with the millions of others that want to come to the United States.   To provide a path to citizenship, outside the normal route, is to reward an illegal act, which should not occur.  This is just common sense. 

But, children that were brought to the United States illegally when they were younger than 16 years old, should be given a path to citizenship, since they often had no choice than to follow their parents to America.  These children participated in an illegal act; but they were not the perpetrators of it.  Most likely many of these children attend American public schools and speak English.  For all intents and purposes, they are not much different than the children of illegal aliens that were born in the United States that are already American citizens.   This Blogger would like to see a Constitutional Amendment that says that in order to be an American Citizen, a child must be born to American parents to set aside the court opinion that provides the children of illegal aliens, born in the US, automatic citizenship; but unless and until that happens, it is what it is. 

Providing some sort of legal status, short of citizenship, to illegal aliens, is just part of dealing with Immigration Reform.   We need to get it done.  We should make it easier for university educated foreigners to enter our country and gain citizenship, particularly those with job skills we need like doctors, nurses, engineers and scientists.   This is absolutely relevant to kids that get these degrees in our country only to be sent home because they can't get a green card.  Really dumb.   And, we need a guest worker program to allow migrant workers into our country legally to avoid the need for illegal immigration in the first place.   Americans will not take farm and other manual labor jobs.  We need these workers to get the job done.   It is time for comprehensive, common sense Immigration Reform.   It is up to the Republican led House of Representatives to make it happen.       

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