By Allan Wall
March 24, 2009
THE MOVEMENT TO GRANT AMNESTY TO ILLEGAL ALIENS is afoot once more, despite the fact that most Americans oppose it. That’s why its supporters don’t call it "amnesty" at all, but "regularization" or “comprehensive immigration reform” or some other such euphemism. Amnesty can be approved by various sneaky methods, in order to avoid real debate on the issue - something amnesty-backers desperately wish to avoid. Amnesty could be attached as a "rider" on a popular bill, pushed through at an odd time in the legislative calendar or approved in such a manner as not to reveal who was really for it and who wasn’t. Amnesty could also be approved by including it in a "temporary" worker program to "solve" a non-existent labor shortage, or any number of clever subterfuges.
Any way you cut it, though, amnesty is a bad deal for the U.S.A. Consider a few reasons:
OUR IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ARE ALREADY SWAMPED
Our immigration officials are already swamped with existing responsibility. Administering an amnesty to millions of illegal aliens would almost guarantee that it isn’t done properly.
Do you actually believe that background checks would be run on millions of illegals? How many drug smugglers and terrorists would be amnestied with the vast multitude?
countries don’t utilize the same surname system as we do in English.
In Spanish they have two surnames, a paternal surname and a maternal surname.
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here) . That fact alone makes it difficult to do background checks
on millions of illegals from Latin America, especially when our immigration
bureaucracy is swamped to begin with.
2. AN AMNESTY ENCOURAGES MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Both common sense and experience tell you that. The approval of any amnesty deal would be known in Mexico and in other countries immediately, if not sooner. When I was living in Mexico one of my sixth-grade students informed me there was to be another amnesty.
Amnesty sends a message to immigrant-sending countries that America is a pushover, and that future illegal aliens are also likely to be amnestied as well.
Back in 1986, there was a big amnesty that was supposed to be the amnesty to end all amnesties. Now there are more illegal aliens in the United States than in 1986.
Granting any or all of these illegal aliens an amnesty is not a solution because it encourages more illegal immigration. Which means at a future date, another amnesty will be promoted as the solution....
3. AN AMNESTY IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO PLAY BY THE RULES
A legal immigrant expressed it to me this way, "Here I am like an idiot, applying to immigrate, filling out papers, learning English, getting a job, paying taxes, becoming part of the American community – and for what? So that my taxes can support the 3 million illegals who cross the border, get on welfare, send their kids to Spanish schools, get free health care (for which I have to pay of course) and wait for their citizenship to show up at the door, then turn around and vote for people who will raise my taxes to let in another 3 million?"
The correspondent also told me that. "I have been here for almost 20 years. America has changed so drastically and for the worse. If I had it over today I would stay home. Very sad."
An amnesty sends a powerful message to prospective immigrants in other countries. It tells them that it’s simpler, and more rewarding, to emigrate illegally than legally.
4. AMNESTY IS A SECURITY BREACH
The 9/11 attack was, among other things, a failure of U.S. immigration policy. We are all paying for it.
Our troops are laying their lives on the line in Afghanistan and Iraq and may soon do so in other places.
We now have to spend more time in airports being checked. Even our soldiers are checked in the airports. When I did my tour of duty in Iraq, I was checked in a U.S. airport on my way back after my two weeks leave.
As always in times of national stress, our civil liberties too could be in danger if we’re not careful.
How then can national leaders, of both parties, have the unmitigated gall to even consider granting amnesty to people who did not respect our laws, to people who entered our country illegally, or over-stayed their visas?
in mind that the already existing infrastructure supporting illegal immigration
(document fraud, etc.) can be easily utilized by terrorists. Seven of
the 9/11 suicide attackers acquired phony identification with the aid
of illegal aliens, using the fraudulent infrastructure that already exists
to serve illegals. An open border, by its very definition, does not discriminate
between those who want to work illegally and those who wish to wreak havoc.
5. NO AMNESTY SHOULD PRECEDE OUR DEALING WITH MORE BASIC QUESTIONS
Before amnesty is even suggested, there are basic issues that must be dealt with.
Immigration is a public policy issue that the American people have the right to decide upon. The basic question, usually ignored, is, " What kind of immigration system should we have?" It’s not wrong for American citizens to ask this question, nor is it wrong for them to question the present system.
The present legal immigration system is based on nepotism, i.e., the majority of legal immigrants are accepted because they have relatives already in the country. Is such a system really appropriate for 21st-century America?
What about dual citizenship? More and more people have it, but our leaders are afraid to deal with it. How does dual citizenship impact American civic values and equality before the law?
And how about those anchor babies? Is it fair to reward illegal immigrants by automatically declaring their children citizens?
These are important questions that should be dealt with and resolved before ANY amnesty is even considered.
AN AMNESTY WILL RECRUIT MORE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS
Most immigrants nowadays vote for the Democratic party. If millions of illegal aliens are amnestied, guess what party they will vote for?
Therefore, it’s totally understandable why Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want to amnesty illegal aliens. They are recruiting more voters for the Democratic Party.
What’s amazing is that many prominent Republican leaders, including John McCain and former president George W. Bush, promote amnesty, when it threatens the future of the Republican Party. It’s just another example of how the GOP constantly shoots itself in the foot.
7. AN AMNESTY WILL HASTEN THE DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATION OF THE UNITED STATES
Many people don’t like to talk about this one, but it ought to be front and center, because it affects all of us.
If present immigration and birth rates continue, within a few more decades, the U.S. will no longer be a white majority nation.
Now, some people say this doesn’t matter, and it’s racist to even bring it up.
But think about it – the white Americans form the historical majority of this nation. Were we ever asked if we wanted to become a minority? Did we get a chance to vote on it? Did Congress ever have a straight up or down vote on the abolition of the historical majority of this nation?
Is the loss of the white majority a good idea ? Will it make this a better country? Will other racial groups get along with each other?
Aren’t these legitimate questions to ask, before accelerating the demographic transformation of our nation?
8. AMNESTY, AND EMIGRATION IN GENERAL, DON’T REALLY HELP MEXICO ANYWAY
An amnesty would signal to Mexico’s leadership that it can continue to send its poor to the U.S. rather than solve Mexico’s problems in Mexico.
Certainly, the existence of a more prosperous Mexico is in the best interests of the United States. However, the current mass immigration policy is hardly bringing about that goal. Mass emigration serves as an impediment to Mexico’s development. Why take the difficult decisions to improve Mexico’s long-term prospects when the poor people can be sent northwards?
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How can we help Mexico prosper? By cutting off the safety valve that encourages its leadership to dodge the tough decisions. When that happens, you can expect to see some real reform, but not until then.
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Allan Wall recently returned to the U.S. after residing many years in Mexico.