Some Thoughts on Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants. The influx of immigrants and new ideas has always benefitted this country in numerous ways. It’s what made this country great. That said, there needs to be some immigration reform but I am against mass deportation. There should be a path to citizenship. Those who aren’t white shouldn’t be treated any differently than immigrants from Europe. Religion should never factor into it. To do otherwise, violates everything the founding fathers fought for.

When President-Elect Trump talks about deporting 3 million illegal immigrants as a start. I not only wonder what he is thinking. I also think about how he plans to go about this. Yes, he has said he wanted to deport only those who have committed a crime but by virtue of being an illegal immigrant they have already committed a crime. We could give Trump the benefit of the doubt here and say he only wants to deport violent felons but the devil is in the details.

How is he going to identify these individuals? It’s not like criminals step up to the police and immigration and confess. They don’t go running to immigration to report their crimes. That means the police or his deportation force will have to go communities to look for these wrong doers. Do they plan to do this in all communities or just minority communities? Immigrants come from all over the world, including European countries. They aren’t all hispanic or minorities. We’re talking about racial profiling and discrimination on a national level. This should scare anyone. Now, let’s assume this can and will be enforced equally in all communities. How is that any better?

The deportation force and the police will be checking for documentation and ids then questioning people to see if they have committed any crimes. What happens if someone who is a citizen is stopped and detained and they don’t happen to have any identification on them? You just violated someone’s civil rights especially if you hold them overnight for doing nothing other than not having their “papers”. Do you think any illegal immigrant questioned who hasn’t commited a violent felony is going to be turned loose with a pat on his head? I think not. At the bare minimum, a list will be made and those people will be asked to check in so they could be found later. Will there be courts and hearings or does he plan to fast track their deportation somehow? The current system has a backlog. That means, these immigrants will need to be held somewhere. If the system is reformed and deportations are fast tracked, what happens if a mistake is made? These questions and their answers should be cause for concern.

Now we move onto the scary stuff. I hinted at this earlier. Where does Trump plan to put all these illegal immigrants he plans to deport? They will need to be held while they await a hearing and their paperwork is being processed. They will need a place to stay while they await transportation back to their country of origin, assuming those countries are willing to take them back. We’re talking about 3 million to start with. That’s a larger population than some cities. Immigration doesn’t have facilities to hold that number of people. Does he want to put them in prison? The prisons are already overcrowded and badly in need of reform. This means new facilities will have to be built. Who will be building and running these new prisons or camps? The privatizaion of prisons has already caused far more problems than it solved. I can see them repeating this process with regards to immigrants in an effort to make a profit but with even worse results. Also, it’s fair to say that the construction industry use a lot undocumented immigrants as part of their labor force. I imagine the very people helping build these prisons and camps will be residents of them. What happens if their country of origin is unwilling or unable to take them back? This means you will have to house these individuals indefinitely or figure out something else to do with them. Neither option is acceptable. Mass deportation is bad enough. Add mass incarceration to the mix makes things a lot worse.

Besides the civil, moral, and ethical problems with all of this, there is the monetary cost. All of this costs money. It will be far more expensive to implement all of these things. They can add to our economy and continue to be a vital part of the labor force. The price, both in money and to our souls, is too high. I would rather give immigrants a path to citizenship. In my opinion, the country will be better for it, culturally and economically.

 

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2 responses to “Some Thoughts on Immigration

  1. My office mate is from South Africa. He told me that it cost him between $10,000 and $15,000 for him and his family to go through the process to become legal citizens. That’s in addition to a lot of time and effort.

    How is it fair for someone to just waltz across the border and get the same benefits?

    I don’t think there are any easy answers when it comes to illegal immigration.

    • I actually have an easy answer. Why should someone have more rights and protections because it costs them more than someone else to immigrate to the country? That’s the nature of geography. Immigrating to this country or any other isn’t free. You have to pay to do so either in money, risk, or both. Those people waltzing across the southern border aren’t skipping around with the Sound of Music playing in the background. The trip can be extremely dangerous. A lot of people don’t make it. There are a lot of horror stories especially from those making the trek from parts of South America. What about those sailing into the country crammed into shipping containers or jammed into the back of trucks? Despite the risk and danger they face, the process to become a citizen isn’t made cheaper or more expensive for them. It’s the same cost and process for them as it is for your friend and his family. In effect, they are being treated equally under the law. The exception to this are refugees that the country volunteer to bring into the country. Even though their travel costs and other expenses are covered, they aren’t put on a fast track to citizenship. They have to go through the same process as everyone else coming to this country.

      The main thing about Trump and his immigration plan is that it’s not restricted to the Mexican border. It has a lot of far reaching effects that I haven’t even touch on like his plan to ban most muslims from entering the country and registering the ones who manage to do so or his plan for extreme vetting to root out ISIS sympathizers. This will make immigrating from the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia more difficult than it would for other parts of the world. At that point, you’re changing the process making it less fair and equal.

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