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Immigration Debate Best When Based on Common Sense, History

Immigration Debate Best When Based on Common Sense, History

People walk at the international bridge on the US/Mexico border in Nuevo Laredo on February 22, 2017. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 04:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The immigration debate was back in the headlines. Both parties’ spewed lip-service on the need for reform, while simultaneously killing any meaningful legislation. Immigration reform hadn’t gone anywhere in decades, making it clear that neither party’s ruling class wanted it.

But something changed.

Finally, we had a president who promised to deport problematic illegals, institute better border security, and find compassionate solutions for America’s eleven million illegals. And he made good.

Called the “Deporter-In-Chief,” he sent nearly three million illegals packing.

Yet in our age of immediate hysterics every time someone is “offended,” and where social media drives obligatory protests, there was nary a peep of protesting.

Why? Because the president who deported those three million, initiated countless raids on the bad apples scattered among hard-working illegals, spent millions more on border security, and hired thousands of additional Border Patrol agents was Barack Obama.

So let’s get this straight: President Trump is executing the same policies as his predecessor, yet instead of the free pass which Mr. Obama enjoyed, he is being protested.

The hypocrisies besetting the Left know no bounds.

Here are some real-life solutions for true immigration reform:

- Deport the rhetoric and stop demonizing illegals. It’s not their fault America hasn’t been deterring illegal immigration. Most are trying to make a better life for their families, often enduring unspeakable hardships. That said, we must not get caught up in emotional sob stories. There is a legal way to enter America; doing so illegally, and staying here, are crimes that must be addressed. As President Reagan said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.”

- Celebrate legal immigration. America is the most generous nation on earth to immigrants, bestowing permanent resident status to over one million per year. Yet those legal immigrants are slapped in the face each time someone enters illegally. Why is it we never see protests on behalf of those who followed the rules?

Most frustrating is when both sides lump “legal” and “illegal” into the same pot, as it becomes a distinction without a difference. Wrong. There’s a massive difference.
America was founded on legal immigration — key word being “legal.” Celebrating immigrants as codespeak for undocumented workers, a.k.a. illegal immigrants, is wrong. The system needs to change, but celebrating those who break the law is irresponsible.

- Build the border wall. Control costs by utilizing nonviolent prisoners and illegal immigrants, which would solve prison overcrowding and save billions. Funding could be derived from drug seizures and diverted foreign aid to Mexico. Unquestionably, border walls work — just ask Israel. The wall would also curtail drug traffickers, human smugglers and terrorists. Protecting our children and eliminating al-Qaeda’s free pass with a nuclear weapon should be everyone’s top priorities. Or, we could wait until Phoenix gets vaporized.

- Institute self-deportation policies. Employing stringent law enforcement measures on businesses, and eliminating lavish public benefits, would end much of the free ride enjoyed by illegal immigrants. But pushing mass deportation is insane. It would take an army, cost a fortune, and turn the U.S. into a bigger police state than it already is.

- Mandate every business utilize the free E-Verify system, which quickly determines the legal status of a potential hire. Companies in noncompliance should face stiff penalties and criminal prosecution. Hitting business in the pocketbook always proves effective.

- There should be no government (a.k.a. “taxpayer”) assistance of any kind. No drivers’ licenses, no community college, no benefits. No matter how compelling the arguments for assistance, illegal immigration is against the law. Government assistance amounts to aiding and abetting criminals. Ignoring the rule of law leads to societal breakdown.

- Illegal immigrants convicted of crimes should serve their time and be deported, but instead they are routinely released onto our streets because their home countries don’t want them. Tough. Pass a law eliminating U.S. aid to any country refusing its citizens, and deport them anyway.

- Deal with illegals by: documenting them and issuing long-term or lifetime work visas; permanently denying them citizenship and the right to vote; requiring them to pass a criminal background check; mandating they pay taxes; and levying fines (deducted from paychecks).

Critics will call that amnesty, but it’s actually something else: realistic. It penalizes lawbreakers, documents millions (bringing them out of the shadowy underworld), and makes them, and Americans, safer. It would also increase tax revenue and make formerly illegal workers pay into benefits programs.

Problems solved.

If our elected officials don’t act now, they should receive no amnesty, and face deportation from voters in the next election.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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The president who deported those three million, initiated countless raids on the bad apples scattered among hard-working illegals, spent millions more on border security, and hired thousands of additional Border Patrol agents was Barack Obama.
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