June 1st, 2006

Corona Cactaur


In my previous post, asgard1913 wrote:
The "mexicans stealing american jobs and not paying taxes" is exactly why we should give them amnesty. Theres no plausible way for us to remove them, giving them a chance to become documented and thusly tax-paying solves almost every problem of illegal immigration. All of a sudden they're paying taxes, all of a sudden the argument that they're taking our money disappears.

Since that last entry was more about lies and deception, with a focus towards Bush policies in general and very little about Border Security in specific, I'll break this off into a seperate post. Not so much to single Matt out in particular, as much as this is one of the day's hot-button topics and he consicely summed up the view supporting the current plan of action.

The way that I see it, it's more than simply "Mexicans steal jobs". Most of our drugs come across the US-Mexican border from places like Columbia. Besides drugs, other things could easily be slipped across too...a crate full of white powder could be cocaine just as easily as it could be anthrax. If an entire family of Mexicans could slip past, who's to say an equal number of terrorists couldn't do the same (though Canada's open border would be the smarter place to pull that sort of stunt off). And for their own sakes, hundreds and hundreds of people die wandering through the desert, many of them women and children. Or cause huge wrecks when they try to race across in trucks, injuring themselves, Border Patrol officers, as well as American and Mexican tourists alike. The economy of the border states is perhaps the biggest and most noticeable reason, but there are plenty others.

Blanket amnesty will not solve the problem. It only reinforces the idea that hey, come on over here and everything's all right. It'll only attract more folks as time goes on, aliens knowing that either they won't get deported, will be accepted as citizens, or simply have to wait till the next round of amnesty to become retroactively legalized. When we announce that anyone we find here becomes legal, more folks will rush across the border to make it in before the door closes. Or, if there's no deadline or cut-off point for the amnesty, folks will continuously cross over without any fears. And the ones already here will send for their families, doubling or tripling the already staggering numbers...

Thinking things through further than simply their taxation, the vast majority of these illegals work minimum wage jobs and live in poverty. What little percentage of their minimum wage salaries the US Government gets back as tax revenue wouldn't match the much larger amount of money they'd be requesting as newly legalized Americans, such as health care and food stamps and public schooling and what have you. Not only does it not solve the problem, but it's doubtful that it'd even patch the current symptoms.

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That's just my opinion, and your mileage may vary. It's either that, open the border entirely and quit pretending to enforce it, or take over Mexico and make it the unofficial 52nd state kind of like Puerto Rico. But feel free to keep the fish either way.