Why Amnesty?

Why Amnesty?

Colorado Springs : CO : USA | Jul 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM PDT
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One of the most polarizing issues before the United States is that of illegal immigration. Some strongly advocate immediate deportation of all illegals; others take the diametrically opposite tack of supporting full and immediate amnesty. The rest of the country seems to be somewhere in between.

I've written articles on the damage that illegals have done to the property of Arizona ranchers, and the Sonoran Desert ecosystem; these things haven't changed, and continue to be a concern, as well as the areas of Arizona which are now off limits for recreational users due to Mexico-based drug trafficers and cartel associated violence, which seems to flow concurrently with the stream of illegals across the border.

I think it's important, at this point, to present another face to the problem. We currently have at least 12 million illegal workers in the United States. The logistics of rounding them up and deporting them is staggering. On that basis I think the pragmatism dictates some type of conditional amnesty.

For those who are seeking a better life, we should provide some type of a legal path to obtain it other than a quick dash across the border. With the high rate of unemployment currently affecting US workers, these are difficult times to endorse amnesty of any type, but frankly, I don't believe there is any other realistic course of action.

Before going any farther, I'd like to state emphatically that I still support locking the borders down tight. That's the first step that must be taken before we can move any further in the search for a reasonable resolution, and the one which appears to be the major stumbling block of the current administration, is to put the cart before the horse, and, ironically, emulate Ronald Reagan by declaring amnesty without securing the borders, which is bacically what brought us to where we are now.

I'd support a path to citizenship as long as it included a) learning English, b) US History 101, and c) some form of community service/military service. It would also be contingent on a clean criminal record, both in Mexico and in the US. Anyone who by choice or by actions, was unable to meet these criteria would be deported.

Any form of amnesty would also have to wait until after all the current legal applicants from any country, were processed.

I would support a guest worker program for immigrants who have no criminal record, and have a US sponsor, either corporate or private, with very strict quotas based on the current US unemployment rate. It would have a hard ceiling of 10%, after which, no additional guest worker visas would be granted.

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