There are probably few topics that get more people hopping mad than the issue of illegal immigration. The recent “Stop and show me your papers!” law in Arizona has thrust the debate to center ice. There are critics of the law on both sides of the aisle, as well as supporters both red and blue.
Everyone, it seems, has a “solution” for the problem, some rational and some clearly idiotic. Estimates of the number of illegals in country range from official estimates of 10.8 – 12 million to insanely inflated totals of 30 million or more.
Solutions for dealing with those that are already here range from total amnesty to a mind-boggling round ’em up and bus them to Mexico, as if that were practical or all are Mexican nationals, for that matter.
Ideas regarding border security include such thoughts as landmines, fences – real and virtual, machine gun nests, calling out the National Guard or the Army and armed patrols of citizens.
There is no question that illegal immigration is a serious problem and it seems that damned near everyone has their own thoughts on the possible solutions.
These are mine……………………………………………………………………….
One, put some serious teeth into the penalties for knowingly hiring illegal workers. Teeth, as in “buckle-your-knees” jail time.
Two, provide a date certain by which those already in country, for at least a year, can apply for and and receive for a Green Card without repercussion. At that time, they could begin the process of applying for citizenship under current rules.
Three, national ID cards, if there is a way to make them counterfeit proof.
Four, after that date certain, anyone found to be in country illegally would summarily deported to their country of origin.
Five, allow our president to use every option available to our military to protect our borders as he or she deems necessary.
Those are my thoughts. The pot is boiling and the lid is about to be blown off. What are your thoughts?
William Stephenson Clark