Someone asked me one day if I could do something about illegal immigration what would i do? I didn’t know what to say to them. I never truly sat down and thought about it. But i decided to answer the question via this format. This is my humble attempt at even understanding the problem and a feeble attempt at fixing it. There is no malice behind what I’m saying, just my objective thoughts.
Let’s first define how someone becomes an illegal immigrant. There are three ways to be considered and illegal immigrant: entering without authorization or inspection, staying beyond the authorized period after legal entry, or by violating the terms of legal entry. Over half of the ‘illegals’ in this county are Mexican. So for clarity’s sake I’m going to discuss that problem. So what are they coming for? Well quite frankly they usually come to get the job. But they usually aren’t trying to steal our jobs, because they are willing to do all the jobs that most Americans are not willing to do. However this brings up an interesting legality. If an illegal has a job there are wage taxes coming out of their check every month. But because they have no real Social Security Number they don’t receive the money they have earned later in life. According to a 2006 Congressional Testimony From Tax Years 1937 through 2003 the Earnings Suspense, which holds all the misplaced dough, accumulated about 255 million mismatched wage reports, basically $75 billion in employment taxes paid accounting for over $1.5 trillion in the Social Security Trust funds. As of October 2005, approximately 8.8 million wage reports, representing $57.8 billion in wages remained unresolved in the suspense file. What does that money do, where does it go? This is the money that should go toward the border protection services. This is where they should get the money to complete the wall. I personally think that a truly finished wall would be an appropriate response to the problem. It may sound harsh but our current border patrol cannot keep up with the quantity of people crossing the border. A real wall needs to be put up. I have no malice toward Mexican immigrants but I do have a problem with anyone who by passes the rules & regulations. Also think about those people (and not just Mexican) who legally enter this country through dedication and patience. They work hard to come through the right channels to become legal citizens.
Certain agencies within the Mexican government have been suspected of encouraging illegal immigration. The US Dept of Homeland Security claims that these agencies hand out literature on how illegal immigrants may remain undetected in the United States, receive assistance from US social services, enroll their children in public schools and send money to Mexico. The state of Yucatan provided a handbook to assist persons who planned to illegally cross the American border. (http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/04/local/me-handbook4) The Mexican federal government distributed a comic book for illegal immigrants, issues identity cards to Mexicans living outside of Mexico, and planned to distribute border maps but that never got off the ground. Our government needs to put more pressure on the Mexican government to be more accountable for their citizens. Along with pressure to beef up their own border control. So what else can we do to prevent immigration we also could add more checks and make it a little more difficult to send money to Mexico. Most of the Mexican immigrants come here to work and then send the money home. So if we created a system to more securely regulate the money flowing from here to Mexico it may deter the desire to be get an American job.
Another thing that seriously affects immigration levels are sanctuary cities. Once an illegal immigrant has entered a sanctuary city they are less likely to be discovered. Sanctuary cities instruct their own law enforcement and even other city employees not to alert or cooperate with the federal government. This just boggles my mind they do not want the illegal immigrants to leave because many urban cities depend on the revenue received from immigrants. However immigrants use many of the given city’s social services. Cities like Washington D.C., New York, San Diego, and Los Angeles of all places are sanctuary cities. This shocks me; I am not saying I want the police to be knocking on peoples’ doors asking ‘are you legal?’ But if any law enforcement gets word of illegal immigrants working or living in their city they should be required to at least report it. All that I’ve stated above is a problem, a very serious problem but the worst problem in my opinion a little more physiological. ‘Ethno-Americas’ immigrants come into this country to create their own America, rather than integrating into the fabric of this country. Illegal immigrants are the worst culprits, because they already do not want to engage and bring attention to themselves. I’m not asking them to renounce their heritage nor is this nationalistic thinking. But unlike the immigrants from the early 19th century, who came to this country to be apart of something new. Immigrants in this day in age create their own ethnic enclaves. And instead of becoming apart of the current culture. They create their own which often mirrors their original culture. This social network destroys the idea of citizenship. Thereby destroying what a country a needs to stay stable. That was the problem that the Roman Empire had. It had stretched it hand out so far and allowed people to still live by their own cultures, which were in direct opposition to Roman rule most of the time.
I quite frankly don’t know what we should do to stop these kinds of mini-cultures. The only thing that I can think of is to add more cultural studies to the requirements for the citizenship test. So that when they become citizens they are more willing to just engage with the culture that surrounds them instead of creating their own.
Please if you feel led share your thoughts below?