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Key Questions on Immigration

Tuesday, 31 May 2005 12:00 AM

As American citizens we are all equal members of the most exclusive and attractive club in the world. We – alone – have the right to decide who gets in or does not get in.

Here are some of the questions we need to have answered in order to analyze this whole immigration mess.

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1. Who sets the quotas by which immigrants are allowed entry into our country? Are the Congress and the president involved in these decisions? Who decides whether a Polish doctor gets in while a Chilean housewife does not?

2. I had heard about twenty years ago that Teddy Kennedy and other liberals 'altered' the quotas so as to allow fewer Eastern Europeans in – and increased the quota for Africans and Central and South Americans. The reason for this – according to what I heard – was that the Eastern Europeans were voting Republican when they became voting-eligible citizens while the Africans and Central and South Americans were joining the Democrats. Is any of this true?

3. Are the day-to-day decision on legal immigration made by anonymous bureaucrats buried somewhere inside Washington, D.C.? Who are they? Who appointed them? Are they Bush appointees or civil servants who are leftovers from a previous administration?

4. Who makes the crucial 'political' decision(s) over which people get into the country? Who 'values' one nationality more than another? Is race a factor? Is religion a factor? Is ethnicity a factor? Is there 'racial profiling' at work here?

5. Do we need a complete makeover of the immigration issue? Perhaps we need a Cabinet-level Department of Immigration to elevate this issue to the level of importance it deserves.

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1. How many illegals are actually in this country today? I have heard as many as 11 million.

2. By dint of the fact that they are 'illegals,' there probably is not an accurate head count. What is the best guestimate?

3. How many border cops/agents do we have stationed on our southern border?

4. How many miles of our southern border are fenced? Not fenced? Patrolled? Unpatrolled?

5. On our northern border, how many border cops and agents?

6. How many cops/agents would it take – and at what cost – to seal up both borders?

7. A fence across the southern border: How long would it have to be and how much would it cost?

8. Could we prevent illegal crossing of our southern border if we really wanted to?

9. Could we revoke previous laws – posse commitatus – and use the U.S. Army for this task? Reserves?

10. How many 'illegals' are arrested annually? How many are deported?

11. How much does illegal immigration cost our nation in social programs expended on non-Americans – health care, education and Social Security?

12. How much is this offset by taxes paid by illegals?

These are some of the basic questions we need to have answered and made part of the public discussion as the nation decides what to do on this vital issue.

We should be discussing this as a country and devoting at least as much national energy to this as to Social Security reform.

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