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Illegal Immigration: Partial Solution to an Insoluble Problem

Tuesday, 04 April 2006 12:00 AM

We Americans hate to admit that there are problems that defy solution, problems that even strong doses of Yankee ingenuity cannot handle. To us there must always be a pill or some medical procedure to cure a malady just waiting out there to be discovered, and damn it, get on with finding it. We're Americans, aren't we? The greatest problem solvers in all world history.

OK, let's tackle this problem: There are 11 or so million illegal aliens living within our borders, some here for many years, most working or members of a worker's family. They are lawbreakers, here only because they violated our borders and broke the laws governing legal immigration. A huge number of Americans resent this, and they believe that these illegal immigrants have no right to be here and should be sent back to where they came from, pronto.

Here's where we get to the insoluble problem: There simply is no way that all 11 million illegal aliens can be swept up and shipped back to Mexico. No way. Forget about it.

Having acknowledged that inescapable fact, we need desperately to turn to the part of the problem that can – and must – be solved, the part that really gets our blood boiling: the flood tide of illegal border crossings that are daily swelling the number of illegal aliens already here. If it is not stopped, that 11 million figure will soon grow to 12 million and then 13 million and so on.

Instead of running around like headless chickens trying to figure out what to do with the illegal aliens now here, we simply have got to focus our minds and our energies on devising methods of closing our porous borders to those lawbreakers now pouring across our borders.

I don't pretend to have an answer, but in this case I know that in this age of undreamed-of technological miracles there are workable solutions and we need to concentrate on finding and implementing them.

I don't know if walls are the answer – somebody has said that if we can build a 50-foot wall, they can build 50-foot ladders. But with aerial drones and surveillance cameras strategically mounted, 50-foot ladders can be rendered useless.

Stationing National Guardsmen along the borders is another approach, as is recruiting officially sanctioned and trained volunteers a la the current Minute Man movement and assigning them to monitor border points known as crossings for illegals.

Most important: Once they are caught, they should be immediately sent back. Immediately! No sitting around in detention centers.

All of this costs money, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to what the presence of the illegals costs us in welfare programs alone.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, illegal immigration is costing us billions every year:

As long as the flood across the borders continues, these costs are going to continue to increase. That alone is sufficient reason to spend what we have to and do what we must to stop illegal immigration on our southern borders cold.

That's a soluble problem. Let's get to it and worry about the illegals now here once we've dealt with the ones trying to get here.

There are things we can do about the illegals now here that might help us deal with part of the problem, such as cracking down on employers who knowingly hire them.

There is an incremental and promising approach to the problem, known as the "Basic Pilot" program. According to Jessica M. Vaughn of the Center for Immigration studies, "this program enables employers to electronically verify the work eligibility of newly hired non-citizens directly with the appropriate federal agencies using the Internet, and is considered one of the most promising and effective tools available to encourage compliance with immigration laws. Employers now using the web-based program report that it is easier to use than the current paperwork-reliant system, and brings virtually no disruption to employers and legal workers."

"This legislation is a realistic approach to a difficult and complicated problem, and is consistent with the direction many states are moving, and probably the federal government, eventually," Vaughn told the Colorado Legislature. "It is not a silver bullet, but should be viewed as part of a larger strategy to deal with illegal immigration that relies on partnerships between federal and state authorities, and between government agencies.

"This strategy acknowledges that the population of more than 10 million illegal immigrants cannot be apprehended and deported one by one; nor is the federal government likely to enact a mass amnesty to legalize this population. Instead, lawmakers should rely on an array of policies to increase the day-to-day enforcement of immigration laws, diminish the draw of employment, and encourage voluntary compliance with immigration laws. Eventually, those who are here in violation of our laws will realize that they can no longer hide or gain access to the benefits intended for legal residents, and a large share will choose to return home on their own."

We should also deal with the fact that hordes of these illegals refuse to assimilate into the population. They want to be treated as Americans while remaining loyal to their native country – think about all those Mexican flags that were waved during all those protest marches staged by people who have no legal right to be here.

We need to stop coddling them and ditch those crazy Marxist-inspired concepts of "diversity" and "multiculturalism" that cause us to require ballots and legal documents be printed in Spanish or other foreign tongues. English is our national language, take it or leave it.

But all that's for later. Let's get to the business at hand, the part of the problem that can be solved. Once we've done that, we can start thinking about the rest of the problem – what to do about those already here.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers


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