Immigration non-policy continues to degrade U.S.

Immigration non-policy continues to degrade U.S.

The U.S. President and Congress have decided to wait until after the November elections to tackle the "problem" of illegal immigration. It would be great if they identified what they believe the "problem" actually is! Some believe in a "statute of limitations" (time limit) for some immigration law violators. Some believe certain violators should not be held accountable to immigration laws at all. Some want the American people to accept that illegal immigration has been a substantial and positive boost to the U. S. economy, ignoring the fact that most wages and benefits are falling due to the availability of cheap labor. Too many elected officials are concerned with courting certain votes, disdaining America's most vulnerable and those most adversely affected by illegal immigration.

Illegal immigration's "boost to the economy" is good for stocks listed on the various exchanges and those who own the stocks. But how about you and your neighbors? Are you doing well? If you are a middle- or lower-income earner you have not benefitted from this "boost" and your standard of living has declined. Hispanics, blacks, and unskilled workers are the most adversely effected.

I believe it is our immigration law enforcement policy that is broken. The President, Congress, AFL/CIO, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, all want us to believe that additional cheap labor (legal or not) is good. Don't believe it! That cheap labor has crushed lower income earners and saturated their workforce. Now they want to target the middle-income earners and their workplace by importing so-called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workers or forgiving immigration law violators possessing those skills.

The Immigration Act of 1990 authorized the "U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform." Former Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan was named its head. Ms Jordan had long advocated an Immigration policy "...where the national interest comes first, last and always." She believed that, "a nation has a right and a duty to establish and enforce immigration laws." Her commission issued a series of reports from 1994 to 1997. Included was this message, "The credibility of immigration policy can be measured by a simple yardstick: people who should get in do get in; people who should not get in are kept out; and people who are judged deportable are required to leave." Who should be judged deportable? It's a simple answer. If you have entered our country without permission or overstayed a visa or passport, you are here illegally and should be deported.

That commission's labors (three years of work) have been dismissed and replaced with a plan from the so-called "gang of eight" (politicians behind closed doors). It is wise to note that this "gang" is being very careful not to anger a certain segment of the U.S. population (I'm not talking about our citizens). Senate bill S744 is pretty much a replay of the 1986 bill and its amnesty. That has worked so well that we now have four times as many illegal immigrants. (It must be noted that the control provisions of that bill have not been executed). You cannot stop illegal immigration by rewarding illegal immigration.

Some people don't like the term "illegal alien." If your presence here is illegal and you are from a nation other than the U.S., by definition you are an "illegal alien." Some prefer the term, "undocumented alien." The fact is that most "illegal aliens" have documents. The problem is those documents are forged and/or stolen. "Identity theft" is probably the largest and fastest growing crime in America. Victims of identity theft are subjected to long, expensive, and agonizing efforts to clear their records. A favorite target is children. Their violated records may not be discovered for many years making reconciliation arduous and expensive.

Illegal immigration has an effect on every thread of the fiber of the United States. On labor needs, employment, and other economic and domestic conditions in the United States as well as our social, and demographic profile, and our natural resources. If we are to remain "the light upon the hill," we must stop this insanity. No nation can sustain its identity or sovereignty with open borders. We don't have to prove our "humanity" by destroying our own country. America's contributions to the world in the forms of military, economic, medical, and humanitarian assistance are well known. If we degrade America, all these will be diminished to the detriment of all.

Bill Perry

Cumberland