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Illegal Immigration Problem in United States Can Be Solved Three Ways

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In today’s era of state budget cuts and the elimination of vital social programs, it is becoming even more apparent that our county’s immigration laws need to be reformed or at least enforced. Case in point—a recent study shows that illegal immigrants cost the taxpayers of Arizona a whopping 2.7 billion dollars in 2009. Obviously, something needs to be done and fast. No wonder Arizona recently passed its immigration bill, and many other states are considering doing the same.

Both liberals and conservatives offer phony solutions. Conservatives say, “Build a bigger wall between the U.S. and Mexico”. Bad idea. And expensive, too. Like water or electricity, illegal immigrants will find the path of least resistance, meaning that they will go over or even under the wall. Show me a 30 foot wall, and I will show you how a 31 foot ladder can get someone over it. John Stossel shows the flaws in this fence building mentality.

Liberals say, “ Offer the illegal immigrants amnesty”. But history shows that granting amnesty will only convince more illegal immigrants to come to America. In 1986, illegal immigrantsRonald Reagan granted amnesty to 2.6-million illegal foreigners. This amnesty was supposed to be backed by tougher sanctions on businesses that hired illegal immigrants and a tighter border security. Result? This amnesty was a big failure since there are now over 12 million illegal aliens in the country today.

Now that we have debunked the hyper-partisan solutions, I will now offer a simple, three-part solution to solve the illegal immigration mess.

Point #1: Really punish the employers who hire illegal immigrants.

This would address the main motive of why so many poor individuals are willing to cross the deadly Arizona desert, pay thousands of dollars to coyotes, and climb or dig their way over or under a 30 foot wall. Simply put, people are crossing the border to find better-paying jobs than the ones they can find in Mexico. The most efficient way for Congress to eliminate the flow of illegal immigrants across our border with Mexico would be to seriously limit the opportunities illegal immigrants have in America. This means that Congress must include draconian sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants. You hire an illegal immigrant and you will be forced to pay a 100,000-dollar fine. Better yet, allow illegal immigrants, with the assistance of civil rights organizations like the ACLU, to sue employers for violating their civil liberties for paying them substandard wages and forcing them to work in conditions not approved by OSHA. Without the lure of steady work, the illegal immigrants will go back to their native country or agree to participate in a guest worker program.

Point #2: Offer a Guest Worker Program.

Allowing workers on guest work visas is also a huge part of the solution. Many of these workers don't necessarily want to stay in the United States and would be happy to return to their homes and families south of the border if they knew they could come back to work during peak agricultural seasons. By creating a safe and legal means of securing employment, Mexicans would be less likely to risk crossing the border illegally via the services of a coyote or a cocaine smuggler. The only reason immigrants sneak over the border (generally a dangerous and expensive proposition) is that immigration is largely illegal. With a robust guest worker program, immigrants looking for work would be more than happy to take the bus to the USA and complete their guest worker forms.

What about border security? With a robust guest worker program, U.S. officials could control the flow of migrants much more easily. Many fewer Mexicans would attempt to cross the border illegally, and U.S. law enforcement would have a much easier time catching them.

Plus, immigrants enrolled in a guest worker program would pay income taxes and would pay into social security and other social programs, but would not be able to take advantage of the benefits of these programs unless they become naturalized citizens.

Point #3: No more anchor babies.

Babies born to illegal alien mothers within U.S. borders are called anchor babies because under the 1965 immigration Act, they act as an anchor that pulls the illegal alien mother and eventually a host of other relatives into permanent U.S. residency. The cost of anchor babies is staggering. These children may instantly qualify for welfare and other state and local benefit programs. The child may sponsor other family members for entry into the United States when he or she reaches the age of twenty-one.

On the face of it, the idea of an anchor baby sounds patently absurd. How can a newborn baby be eligible for citizenship when his or her parents are not? Not merely eligible, mind you, but granted it automatically?

Many of us have grandparents or great-grandparents who overcame incredible obstacles to become citizens of this country. Before they were accepted they had to pass a rigorous and demanding test. The questions they were asked, and their answers, had to be in English. As an essential part of the process, every immigrant was required to renounce allegiance to the country he or she had left and to swear allegiance to his newly adopted home — the United States of America. And every new citizen was thrilled to do so.

The notion of anchor babies stems from a corruption of the 14th Amendment, which reads:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside."

The original intent of the 14th Amendment was to insure the children of ex-slaves would be guaranteed U.S. citizenship, clearly not to facilitate illegal aliens defying U.S. law at taxpayer expense. Current estimates indicate there may be over 300,000 anchor babies born each year in the U.S., thus causing illegal alien mothers to add more to the U.S. population each year than immigration from all sources in an average year before 1965.

The correct interpretation of the 14th Amendment is that an illegal alien mother is subject to the jurisdiction of her native country, as is her baby.

No wonder some politicians are considering the elimination of anchor babies in immigration law.

The immigration debate has been captured by both partisan extremes. Hopefully, a more rational, reasonable approach like the one I proposed would be considered.

Photo of illegal immigrants from patdollard.com