Solving the immigration puzzle

Proposed law in Arizona is but one piece -- but it's vital

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It's almost a reflex for Americans to say, "Immigration is what made America great."

That's like saying "food does a body good." Well, yes, but not all kinds. And not in any amount. We just had a 20-something Augustan die recently from complications of obesity, after all.

No doubt, legal immigration is one of the greatest things about America. If you've never been to a naturalization ceremony, you really should attend one sometime. The earnestness, the excitement and the reverence for the momentous occasion are things you simply have to experience to believe.

That's not to say it's solemn. It's one of the most lighthearted ceremonies you'll ever see.

Maybe the only thing better than being born in America is making a conscious choice to become an American.

This is a nation of immigrants. Many of us have not-too-distant relatives who made the trip here after making the traumatic decision to leave their native country for a new life and new opportunities in this land of plenty and sweeping liberty. They struggled to learn the language -- and if unable or too intimidated to do so, they were certain to make their children learn it; they knew it was the only way to realize one's full potential.

They brought with them many traditions and much culture from their birthplace -- making America the richer for it. And because they were here legally, they had nothing to fear from celebrating their old-world culture openly. But they also reveled in being American. And most never had any intention of going back.

Newly minted immigrants have a way of respecting and loving this country that can shame some of us natives. From the Brazilian whose proud voice can be heard above all others during the Pledge of Allegiance, to the African whose children were already serving in our military before she took the oath of citizenship -- these are real examples we've witnessed -- it is, and should be, stirring to become an American.

But while they can take advantage of much of what America has to offer, illegal immigrants will never soak in the exhilaration of a naturalization ceremony. Because they live on the fringe of society, they may never fully grasp English, vote, embrace our customs or appreciate our heritage. To some, who come here primarily to work and send money back home, this may be more of a commute than anything.

They aren't just breaking the law; they're cheating themselves.

Which kind of immigration should we humanely encourage?

The fact is, by allowing -- and therefore encouraging -- rampant illegal immigration, we are discouraging the other. Why wait in line and get jumped over by someone else at the border?

Dangerous, constraining, stultifying and sadly devoid of many of the joys of assimilation into a new and vibrant culture, illegal immigration is more than corrosive to the host country and its laws; it's inhumane to the immigrant, particularly when compared to the joy of legal immigration.

Enforcing our laws and securing our borders -- as a bill in Arizona would have that state do, in the absence of a negligent federal government that is allowing people to die on the border -- is only one piece of the puzzle. But it's an essential piece.

Once that is achieved, we should expand legal immigration totals to meet the needs of our country -- and the beautiful aspirations of those truly seeking a new life here.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 04/25/10 - 10:25 pm
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If all of the free social

If all of the free social entitlements were stopped illegal immigration would probably stop unless the generational welfare clan decided they still didn't want to work for a living and then, after a brief period of vigilante justice and probably marshall law, all would be well again.

Otherwise the government could just build a big wall, dig a big trench, install high caliber guns to fire on motion detectors, etc, but the government doesn't want to stop illegal immigration.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/25/10 - 11:01 pm
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Why doesn't the Obama

Why doesn't the Obama Administation do something to stop illegal immigration? [ And, oh yes, neither did the Bush administration.]

The immigration that made America great that the ACES refers to has occured over a long period of time consisting of immigrants from all over the World. The Mexican immigrants that are illegally pouring over our borders from one particular Country constitute a relatively new type of immigration, or better described as an "invasion." These illegal immigrants have become a serious drain on our economy in several differnt ways, not to mention the violence on our borders which is getting worse every day. Soooo, why doesn't the Federal Government do something, besides waiting for the States to do something, and then saying that the State action is unconstitutional? It's absurd!

orb
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orb 04/25/10 - 11:06 pm
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Nat "Invasion" is correct!

Nat

"Invasion" is correct! Furthermore, these illegals, and I am afraid many legal Mexican immigrants, have no intention of assimilating into the culture of this country. Rather many are involved in "La Raza" or "The Race" whose stated goal is to retake the Southwest. Wit half million illegal immigrants in Arizona they may well be on their way.

Nothing is being done about the illegal immigration because business wants cheap labor and the democrats want their vote, whether legal or not.

Israel is building a wall which is keeping out the Palestinians. We could build a wall on the southern border to keep out those from Mexico and Central America. If we can't do it then hire the Israeli's!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/26/10 - 04:41 am
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Expand legal immigration,

Expand legal immigration, expand the guest worker program, and declare an amnesty that provides a path to legal status for those illegal immigrants already in this country. Forget about sending undocumented aliens back to their countries of origin en masse. That is not going to happen and would not be effective if tried.United States needs to have a population of nearly 1 billion for a labor pool of sufficient size to compete with India and China.

I favor an open border policy such as that in effect in the European Union. Assimilation is a natural process that occurs over time. No effort to establish English as the official language is needed.

I think the biggest security threat to United States is a failed state on our southern border. Corruption inside United States and in Mexico is a threat to both our states which are interdependent. United States must focus on developing a sustainable peacetime economy. That cannot be done without cooperation with our neighbors in the region or without an expanded legal immigration program and a lenient amnesty program for undocumented workers already here.

The new Arizona law is misguided and counterproductive in managing immigration and towards developing the large labor pool needed for sustainable economic progress for all Americans. Immigration provides the tax basis needed to maintain America's high standard of living at a time when the huge Baby Boomer generation is retiring. Xenophobia and calls for police to enforce U.S. immigrations laws is a short sighted vision and an ineffective measure.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 04:54 am
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cain,when is it xenophobia

cain,when is it xenophobia and short sighted to ENFORCE our laws?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/26/10 - 04:55 am
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Illegals cheapen labor,

Illegals cheapen labor, create abuse in places of employment, bring gangs and violence, and cause hard ships for citizens of the US. Where is the up side. I really was disgusted with Balducci's editorial yesterday..Oh those poor folks being deported..well they knew the risks when they came. If I lose my wealth at Las Vagas I knew the risk when I started gambling and don't expect the casinos to bail me out..Why should we bail the illegals out?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 05:12 am
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cain,are you in favor of

cain,are you in favor of enforcing any laws or do you just want to pick and choose the ones you want to see enforced?Should we enforce our law against murder?or is that one short sighted too?how about rape,is that law short sighted?In your opinion,which LAWS should we enforce?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 05:34 am
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Should we enforce our laws

Should we enforce our laws against I.D.theft?or fraud?tax evasion?should we enforce our laws against driving without insurance?these are laws that CITIZENS must obey.Why let the non-citizens off the hook?Are you saying that I must obey the law but not the illegals?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 05:40 am
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cain,I am challenging you to

cain,I am challenging you to open debate on the enforcement of our laws.Do you have the intestinal fortitude or are you just going to slink back and hide?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/26/10 - 05:41 am
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The immigration law just

The immigration law just passed in Arizona reinforces the existing federal laws that the federal government refuses to enforce. This is the result of one of the big mistakes made by the Bush administration. There has been no reason given for no protecting our borders, just "let the invasion continue unchecked". Georgia and South Carolina should pass the same law, as should every other state in the contiguous 48.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/26/10 - 05:42 am
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CAIN, have you considered the
Unpublished

CAIN, have you considered the fact that if Manuel can cross the border to pick fruit, Muhammed can cross it also with a small nuke in a suitcase? Open border policy? Are you kidding, and what do you call what we have now? Also, does Mexico have an open border policy with its southern neighbors?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 05:50 am
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According to gov.numbers,the

According to gov.numbers,the U.S. has deported 2,365,000 illegal immigrants since 1999.Since only 1 in 10 is caught,that means that 23,365,000 have illegally immigrated to the U.S. since 1999.There are 25,000,000 citizens out of work in the U.S.Does anyone see any relation here?

perseverance
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perseverance 04/26/10 - 05:51 am
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At least there should be a

At least there should be a way that all the illegal immigrants pay the income tax and social security tax.

Talking about Israel, reminds me how they got the hostages out of Uganda several years ago with out any loss of life , if I recall. I wonder if US had sought Israel's assistance also in addition to all the efforts military is doing to catch the terrorist leaders.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 05:58 am
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perseverance,are you saying

perseverance,are you saying that as long as the illegals pay taxes,they can break all the other laws?

Ga Values
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Ga Values 04/26/10 - 06:01 am
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Our 2 RINO Senators, Saxby

Our 2 RINO Senators, Saxby what's in it for me and Johnny Bailout are for AMNESTY. As always our 2 RINOs are for the LOBBYIST and not the taxpayer.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 06:07 am
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grouse,the MAJORITY of

grouse,the MAJORITY of CITIZENS in Arizona are in favor of their new law.GET OVER IT!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 06:24 am
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Just think,IF those

Just think,IF those 23,365,000 folks had been here legally and were paying their taxes,we would NOT be in the position that we are in.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 06:36 am
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23,000,000 illegal immigrants

23,000,000 illegal immigrants working at cash-paying(no taxes) jobs and 23,000,000 citizens out of tax paying jobs and drawing unemployment.That seems like a net lose of 69,000,000 jobs.that does not include the number of illegal immigrants that are getting any of the other services that cost tax payers.Seems like a large drain on the economy.

Runner46
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Runner46 04/26/10 - 06:42 am
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If those 23,365,000 folks

If those 23,365,000 folks weren't here at all, we would not have so many unemployed persons and those persons WOULD be paying their taxes!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 06:47 am
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BINGO!

BINGO!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 07:05 am
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Where did all the amnesty

Where did all the amnesty supporters go?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/26/10 - 07:08 am
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I see Cain hit the Cool Aid

I see Cain hit the Cool Aid pitcher early this morning. No doubt that his approach to immigration reform is the same one that Obama and the Democrats will come up with. Their "solution" to the problem is just like their "solution" to healthcare, and deficit spending and are perfect examples of the steady decline America is experiencing. We are not losing the race. We are not even showing up for it. Everyone knew that we had a great healthcare system for 85% of the people, but the Democrats had to screw it up and raise the cost for 100% of the people. Everyone knows that we should cut spending and suck it up for a few years until things get better, but the Democrats quadrupled the deficit spending and still are still proposing deficit busting annual budgets. And everyone knows that we need to secure our border, stop illegal immigration dead in it's tracks and have a tightly controlled guest worker program. But the Democrats, and Cain, want to have criminals, gangsters, and terrorist walking into this country so that we can give them free healthcare, and welfare benefits so that they won't be inconvenienced by having to work while they plot their crimes and terrorist attacks. Bottom line: the people in Arizona are not revolting against hard working Mexicans who come here to pick fruit and cut our grass. They are revolting against the people who come here to sell drugs, rape, and rob us. You know, the ones that walk across the borders at the same places the fruit pickers do. Shut the border down and secure it. Then we can deal with controlling the ones we need to let in to pick our tomatoes. Deport, or jail, illegal aliens that, through criminal action, come in contact with law enforcement.

deportem
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deportem 04/26/10 - 07:09 am
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Dear President Calderon (&

Dear President Calderon (& Mexican Senate),

I’m planning to move my family and extended family (in 18-20 months) into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me. We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. Please know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care for my entire family
2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use
them or not
3. All Mexican government forms need to also be printed in English.
4. I want my children to be taught Spanish by English-speaking (bilingual) teachers.
5. Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.
6. I want my kids to see the American flag on one of the flag poles at their school.
7. Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
8. I will need a local Mexican driver’s license so I can get easy access to government
services.
9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but I don’t plan to purchase car insurance,
and I probably won’t make any special effort to learn local traffic laws.
10. In case one of the Mexican police officers do not get the memo from their president to
leave me alone, please be sure that every patrol car has at least one English-speaking
officer.
11. I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put U.S. flag decals on my car, and
have a gigantic celebration on July 4. I do not want any complaints or negative
comments from the locals.
12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, or have any labor or tax
laws enforced on any business I may start.
13. Please tell all the Mexican people to be extremely nice and never say a critical things
about me or my family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

Thank you, I am sure this can be accomplished easily as America has been doing this for many years!
U.S. citizen and taxpayer

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 07:14 am
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That is part of

That is part of Cloward/Piven/obama-REQUIRE that a service produce 100% of it's stated goal.As everyone knows that 100% is NOT possible,but keep pushing for 100% until the entity crumbles under it's own non-performance

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 07:18 am
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deportem,IF we get ALL that,I

deportem,IF we get ALL that,I want to go

deportem
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deportem 04/26/10 - 07:21 am
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Yeah, try walking across the

Yeah, try walking across the border in the opposite direction. You'll be arrested or shot-most likely both!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 04/26/10 - 07:28 am
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surely,they(mexico) will

surely,they(mexico) will agree to all of those requests and do the same for you and me that The U.S. has been doing for 23,000,000 of their citizens.I don't want to learn their language,they should be required to learn and speak mine.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/26/10 - 08:27 am
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Do you carry your birth

Do you carry your birth certificate on your person or keep it in your vehicle? "Truck driver forced to show birth certificate claims racial-profiling"

http://www.azfamily.com/news/91769419.html

chel
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chel 04/26/10 - 08:43 am
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@Wizzard- The reason you are

@Wizzard- The reason you are not going to get a response on the issue from anyone on the left is because if Obama get's his way, all the illegals will be provided amnesty and Obama will get votes to continue in office. However can you imagine the backlash if illegals were voting for republicans...then and only then would the left be squalling and crying foul!

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 04/26/10 - 08:56 am
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deportem - You're right; you

deportem - You're right; you may be shot if you walk into Mexico. But where do you think the shooter will most likely have gotten the gun?

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