Simple immigration reform

Immigration reform begins and ends with one very simple question: “What is best for America?” Traditionally, the bilateral bargain with immigration was equally simple: America offers the immigrant opportunity, and in return the immigrant offers America skills and abilities needed to make America better without being a financial, economic, or social burden on America.

The immigrant had to demonstrate that they had the requisite skills or abilities to make a living in America, and that they had a sponsor to be responsible for all their needs until they were self-supporting. This is still the most rational solution to immigration.

America has always been a land of immigrants. In the centuries before social safety nets, the only reason to come to America was for opportunity. Survival and the opportunity of free market prosperity were sufficient incentives to trade the known limitations of the homeland for the potential of an adopted America.

Social safety nets distort the immigration proposition and appear today to be a prime motivation for illegal immigration of unskilled labor into America.

America’s foundation is “equal justice under law.” To reward, or even accommodate, lawbreakers is fundamentally wrong, regardless of any professed extenuation. Misapplication of the 14th Amendment (implemented to accommodate one generation of offspring of those brought to America against their will as slaves) to apply to those who willfully and intentionally come to America illegally is both irrational and a travesty against American principles.

The federal government has a clear and explicit responsibility to protect America from invasion. No part of the federal government has any legal or moral right to choose to not faithfully execute our laws, including those related to immigration.

With nearly one-third of all Americans without a job (over half of unskilled Americans are unemployed), to suggest that we need millions of new un-skilled immigrants (legal or otherwise) is utterly absurd and indefensible.

Politics is the only reason that immigration reform is festering: the attempt to benefit one political party at the expense of the welfare of America – and that is truly despicable!

Frank Banta

Newnan



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