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  • Illegal Immigration: Fixing the Entire System

    Will securing our US-Mexico border solve our country’s entire illegal immigration problem?  Of course not, but neither will turning a blind eye by a providing a pathway to citizenship for everyone who broke the law by immigrating to our country illegally.

    Unfortunately at a time when politicians are expected to give a 30 second sound bite to the press, it is easy to fall back on platitudes and generalities.

    In fact, it is just this trap that politicians should look to avoid when talking about immigration as my colleague James Jay Carafano cautions in a recent Washington Examiner piece titled, “The Administration’s secure the Border Trap.” According to Carafano, some politicians are running the risk of being put in a corner by being content to agree that all we need to do is to secure the border.  He writes, “For several years, Republicans have chanted a “secure the border first” mantra.  It allowed them to look tough on illegal immigration issue while dodging the issue of “comprehensive” reform.  It’s a bad strategy.  It suggests that, if the Obama Administration overcomes the “border first” problem, it will be clear sailing for a push for amnesty.”

    Indeed.  What’s needed is fixing the entire system, least of which include addressing the severe shortage of economic freedom and economic mobility around the world that hamper any meaningful effort to adequately control the immigration flow to our country.

    A correct strategy will include the need to secure the border, but will also improve the deficiencies in our current immigration laws helping to streamline the process for legal immigration.  It will ensure that law enforcement official have the right tools to ensure that they can verify the immigration status of employees.  Additionally, a smart strategy also recognizes our country’s need for temporary workers; particularly high-skilled immigrants, that can help grow our economy.

    While there is no silver bullet to solve all of our country’s immigration deficiencies, this does not mean we should ignore the real need to secure our border, particularly at a time when our neighbor to the south is struggling to contain well financed and organized criminal enterprises.  As the recent deadly attack on a northern Mexican casino illustrate, these violent Mexican criminals are not sparing the innocent caught in the crossfire.

    We secure our border not only to ensure that the violence on the Mexican border does not spill over, but also because it will disrupt the transnational criminal activities that include illegal border crossings.  This latter point is overlooked among some who contend that we should ignore the violence in Mexico and move forward on a plan that will ignore the rule of law and reward those with a pathway to citizenship who immigrated to our country illegally.

    As long as our country continues to turn a blind eye to the rule of law and continues to create more incentives for immigrants to immigrate to our country illegally – like entertaining amnesty legislation- we will sadly continue seeing more human tragedies of criminal agents exposing immigrants to inhumane and dangerous conditions at the US-Mexico border.

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    24 Responses to Illegal Immigration: Fixing the Entire System

    1. Forums4Justice says:

      if it's about jobs mandate E-Verify, and put some really big teeth in the penalties, and then hurriedly nail two businesses to the wall….that should do it…8,000,000 illegal immigrants, using invalid SS numbers
      are illegally working at known places of employment http://bit.ly/oBuTUd

    2. Mike Cappy says:

      When laws become un-unified wherein certain people are subject to the law while other are not it is much worst then having no law at all. It is even more egregious when the law is excused for illegal aliens that have no right to be here in the first place. The reality is we have immigration laws and they must be followed by everyone and must be enforced equally or uniformly. The correct reasoning to the illegal alien problem was best articulated by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. In one of his first interviews he was asked how would he stop illegal immigration his response was candid, “seek them out, apprehend them, prosecute them, confiscate their wealth and deport them”. The lack of enforcement is how we got here and enforcement is the only way to solve the problem. No matter what new law you create there will be a clause that will say if you do not follow these rules you will be denied entry or be deported. The problem is no one will take that clause seriously and we will have the same problem.

    3. Hacim Obmed says:

      It must be clear to the democrats that the agenda of "comprehensive immigration reform" will never include any discussion of amnesty for illegal aliens. Such people rape our borders and creep into our country by the back door like thieves. They deserve to be treated like outlaws but deportation, which simply repairs the status quo prior to their violation, is the minimal acceptable remedy. In my world it is worse to rob me twice than it is to rob me once and if you rob me every day for ten years you do not suddenly become an upstanding citizen. In the same fashion an illegal who has been here ten years does not deserve a special break compared to an illegal who has arrived yesterday. Deportation is thus the only just remedy or treatment for any illegal resident regardless of how many years have passed.

    4. DelawareBob says:

      How's this for an idea? Make entering this country illegally a felony. Make the fine $2500 plus one year in Federal prison. Make this the same on overstayed VISAs. If drugs are involved, triple the fine. Then, apply this to all the illegal aliens in this country now. Leave or if you get caught, the fine will apply them. The other thing is this birthright citizenship. We MUST know through Congress or the Supreme Court if indeed a child born to an illegal alien is a U.S. citizen. I say they are not. If not, then, how do we REVOKE the birth certificates already issued. Boy, can you see the problems with this illegal immigration? Maybe Congress should allow states to enforce immigration laws. When is enough going to be enough? Tell me! Come on, Tell Me. If you are in this country illegally, you have NO RIGHT to be here.

    5. huh duh says:

      Won't waste anymorer of my time our yours.

      With out Law,"TRUTH " is utterly and infalibalyuseless..

      From the bottom up.

      Shalam Shalom

      Ego Eimi.

      duh huhhhh

    6. http://www.usdebtclock.org/


      Q: “Is it true that illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes and drain our economy?”
      A: As Ben Franklin said, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Like the rest of us, unauthorized immigrants pay taxes on their property and anything they buy. More than half of them have taxes taken out of their paychecks, but because our immigration system is dysfunctional, these taxes are paid under false Social Security numbers. We need a new regimen in which we know who is paying taxes and can ensure that no one is getting a free ride. The only way to do that is to pull unauthorized immigrants out of the shadows and get them on the right side of the law.
      Three state-level studies have found that unauthorized immigrants pay more in taxes than they use in benefits. In Iowa, unauthorized immigrants pay an estimated $40 to $62 million in state taxes, while they and their employers contribute an additional $50 million to $77.8 million in federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes from which they will never benefit. In Oregon, unauthorized immigrants—who are not eligible for any state benefits—pay between $134 million and $187 million in taxes each year. Finally, in Texas, the State Comptroller found that, without unauthorized residents, the gross state product in 2005 would have been $17.7 billion less.

      THE BOTTOM LINE: Undocumented immigrants are an important component of the U.S. economy. They meet the labor demand in sectors in which they do not directly compete with U.S.-born workers. The great majority of migrant workers are taxpaying, hardworking, and law-abiding people who are integrating into U.S. society.

      The economics of immigration, Stephen C. Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration and someone who enjoys bipartisan support for his straightforwardness, said that by 2007, the Social Security trust fund had received a net benefit of somewhere between $120 billion and $240 billion from unauthorized immigrants.
      That represented an astounding 5.4 percent to 10.7 percent of the trust fund's total assets of $2.24 trillion that year. The cumulative contribution is surely higher now. Unauthorized immigrants paid a net contribution of $12 billion in 2007 alone, Goss said.

      Previous estimates circulating publicly and in Congress had placed the annual contributions at roughly half of Goss's 2007 figure and listed the cumulative benefit on the order of $50 billion.

      The Social Security trust fund faces a solvency crisis that would be even more pressing were it not for these payments.
      Adding to the Social Security irony is that the restrictionists are mostly OLDER AND RETIRED WHITES from longtime American families. The very people, in other words, who benefit most from the Social Security payments by unauthorized immigrants.

      Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Boost the Economy & Help ALL American Workers: As opposed to the mass deportation, enforcement-only approach, addressing and fixing the immigration system in a wholesale manner will be a boon to the U.S. economy and all U.S. workers. That is why both the AFL-CIO and Change to Win created The Labor Movement’s Joint Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda conducted a 2010 report for the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center that found that “Unlike the current enforcement-only strategy, comprehensive reform would raise the ‘wage floor’ for the entire U.S. economy—to the benefit of both immigrant and native-born workers.” According to the study, granting legal status to undocumented immigrants and creating flexible legal limits on future immigration flows would generate enough consumer-spending to support 750,000-900,000 jobs. The report also found that the mass deportation approach would reduce GDP by 1.46 percent annually, amounting to a loss of $2.6 trillion over 10 years.

      • Bobbie says:

        they're costing more burden to society then YOU think which trumps ANY TAXES PAID IN! when unemployment is as high as it is, undocumented workers are an infringement on this country!

      • Blue state gringo says:

        I live in a town that is now majority Hispanic and I see the handout syndrome every day. Kids with iPhones and North Face jackets getting out of new cars for taxpayer subsidized breakfast. My kids think I'm an idiot because I won't lie so that they can sign up too! No, more free stuff is not the answer. Boycotting the corporations employing illegals and verifying their status before allowing them into any plan is. It's not my fault their country is in trouble, and I resent the assumption that I am somehow obligated to do something about it. There needs to be a true accounting of the costs associated with this flood of immigrants. From the paper, toner and labor for copying everything into 2 languages to the fraud and abuse of programs, especially those where the sponsoring "citizen" hasn't even learned to walk yet! Then "we the people" can make a rational decision about "comprehensive immigration reform".

      • twister says:

        you're on the wrong website – LaRaza is the next left.

      • SlimBond says:

        How is an illegal immigrant, whose first act in this country is breaking our sovereignty law, a law-abiding person? I think your logic is flawed Mr. Moron.


      The whole thing is perplexing to people who don't understand that being an illegal immigrant in and of itself is not a crime. The most pervasive comments made in news stories about Secure Communities go a little like this: "Illegal immigrants are what they're called — they're considered criminals by mere definition. Illegals who broke a bunch of laws to enter and live here should be subjected to immediate arrest and deportation — that's fair for everyone."

      That's not accurate, but a lot of people have that same misunderstanding — even law enforcement professionals.

      During a teleconference last month on the troubles that Secure Communities is bringing to local law enforcement agencies, a few sheriffs on the call commiserated about their misunderstanding of immigration violations.

      "I was always told it was a felony federal violation of law and was always under the impression that turning over any illegal immigrants (to ICE) was mandated by federal law — and so did my employees," said Sheriff Ed Prieto of Yolo County, Calif. "But after we met with the Mexican consulate in Sacramento we learned it's not. Then I started looking into how many of our people are being deported before trial and I became very uncomfortable contacting ICE for nonviolent offenders."

      Kane County, Ill., Sheriff Patrick Perez said that "90 percent of law enforcement officers believe (just being an illegal immigrant) is a crime, but I learned after talking to an immigration judge that it is just a civil offense."

      Sara Dill, a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration and a member of the ABA's Criminal Justice Council, explained it to me this way: "States are seeking to criminalize what is only a civil violation in federal law." Dill said that failing to get a permit for home construction is one example of a civil, not criminal, violation. "Putting illegal immigrants in a criminal context confuses merely being present in the United States without authorization with crimes such as falsely claiming citizenship or identity theft, which are crimes under federal law."

      Everyone knows that of the universe of illegal immigrants, some have committed nonviolent and violent crimes — and everyone believes these should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      But believers of following "the letter of the law" cannot continue equating all illegal immigrants living in this country with criminals, who have plenty of civil rights of their own. That's not the American way.

      • Lloyd Scallan says:

        Arrchie – "Illegals", that crossed our borders without going through the immigration process is breaking the law. Period. If that is a "criminal" or "civil" offence really doesn't matter. They're violating our laws and must be prosecuted under the "letter of the law". Your reply sounds like Bill Clinton splitting heirs with the meaning of the word "is".

      • Bobbie says:

        so what you're saying is people in law enforcement don't know the laws to enforce? Unacceptable to know everyone being paid by tax funding, has an acceptable excuse for incompetence!!!! Unaccountability is not what America stands for!!! just because some have "committed nonviolent and violent crimes" the point is crimes wouldn't be committed if the laws were respected and enforced. The law starts at legal immigration.

    8. I believe the US immigration system is actually not broken. It is running exactly how those who designed it and those who profit most from it want it to run. The US and Mexican elite profit from the immigration status quo and love the fact that Americans citizens fight over it while their politicians flounder by design.

      The rich from both the US and Mexico bankroll their respective elections and stick their smiling candidates’ faces in office. Those “elected” politicians ensure that their bosses’ immigration policies seldom if ever change. Don’t believe what they say. Believe your eyes. For decades this fiasco has operated exactly as designed.

      The American people know it is broken, but since when do they have a voice in this? They know what is going on with failed mortgages, failed heath care, and failed economies. As of yet they are not sure about this immigration scam. That reveals the insidiousness of it. The elite’s propaganda has clouded their vision.

      And the US backed drug war in Mexico, with 40,000 dead, is the ultimate example of their greed in action mowing down human beings in the process.

      It isn't broken. It is running exactly as the rich have designed it.

      We need to be smarter than the rich. The undocumented are a symptom, not the problem. We could align with the undocumented and use current immigration laws to break the back of their system. Then with the entire World’s eyes upon them , they would have stand for the principles of democracy and fix it.
      One huge fix would be to sanction the corrupt Mexican government until they take care of their own good people. That would cure about 50% of our problem.
      When will Americans wake up and act? http://twopesos-protestfortheundocumented.blogspo

      • Blue State gringo says:

        Read your plan. Seems waaaay to "kumbaya" to me. Millions of un(der)employed Americans are going to stand with their Mexican counterparts for _____ months? years? (and paying $100/day of whose money) while we wait for the utterly shameless to become embarrassed?!?!?!? Sorry, not gonna happen. _I have a much more pragmatic approach. Force them to seal the border by voting out every damn one of them who vote against the fence/wall/moat of flaming gas. Then let the Mexicans have their own revolution. All we're doing is taking the population overflow and keeping the situation manageable for the Mexican government. They can ignore their poor because we're taking care of them!

    9. Girl says:

      Not too difficult. Secure the border. Enact mandatory E-Verify. Quit importing all foreign workers NOW. No country in the world imports low-skill or high skill workers when their own citizens cannot get jobs. Quit handing out 125,000 H1-B visas every MONTH.

    10. thomas says:

      No welfare to ANY ILLEGAL !!

    11. California guy says:

      I commend the author for exposing the "secure the border first" (then amnesty) trap. As many of us in the pro-enforcement side have been saying for years, in addition to securing the border, we need to enforce current laws, mandate E-Verify nationwide, and conduct targeted workplace raids (such as was done at the end of the GWB administration) which will decrease the illegal population through attrition over time — with no form of subsequent or concurrent amnesty schemes.

      Yes, while we can also "streamline" the legal immigration system to admit highly educated immigrants with truly specialized skills (this of course excludes H1B cheap labor admits with mediocre skills), we also need to vastly decrease the overall levels of legal immigration (currently well over 1,000,000 per year) to more historic pre-1965 levels. This will be very beneficial for taxpayers, the environment, and our younger, less-skilled citizens.

    12. JOHN C TITHOF says:


    13. RHolland says:

      Build the wall, build it now.

      Enforce all the laws all the time.

      Stop giving citizenship to anchor babies of illegals.

      Make illegal entry a criminal offense.

    14. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Face facts, borders are not being secured because it means votes and cheap labor.

    15. There are 22 people in this world for every american citizen. From what I understand there is no reason why they cannot all start coming here and start their own countries. We will support their women and children give them food provide a safer environment for them to live than they ever dreamed possible. Lawyers and lawmakers will line up 10,000 deep to help them. Just get the word out at the UN that the American's government does not care about our borders and that there is now the greatest land rush the world has known for a hundred years. Don't let our neighbor to the south be so greedy and take most of the freebies for themselves. To be fair we should let 100 million chines in and another 100 million Indians, 50 million from Indonesia, You get my drift . It would only be fair. There are billions of people as bad off as those in mexico so lets be fair and let others in first. Lets see About !0 percent of North Korea and 10 percent of The sudan will be south florida's share. See how many millions your could fit in your part of the country.

    16. George Fuller says:

      It is amazing to me someone would make an argument illegal aliens are a boost to the economy ignoring the fact they break at least 3 Federal laws by being employed……the supporter undoubtedly prefers the Rule of Lawlessness to the Rule of Law.

      The Social Contract did a study of the cost to the Feds of illegal aliens and the amount 3 years ago was around $340 BILLION….

    17. George Fuller says:

      Speaking of illegal immigration……How many immigration judges are there?…….NONE……The people passed off as judges are employees of the DOJ headed by Holder………They have no powers…….it is a scam……..there are 233 of these so called "judges" in the whole country to handle hundreds of thousands of cases a year……it is a corrupt inefficient system……

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