From what I have observed, the illegal alien has developed many job skills, especially in the construction trades. Home builders, plasterers, spackling experts etc. in certain parts of the US must be Spanish speaking or they cannot get a job. Most of those who cross the Rio Grande today are not looking to pick berries, though George Bush said a long time ago that they do what we do not want to do. That unfortunately is not true as they have moved on to better jobs and they absolutely do compete with citizens for those jobs.
Many Americans have seen them replace them on the job. Sure enough, the illegal, non-citizen, has had a hard life but they create a hard life for Americans by stealing good jobs and then working for peanuts. Too many illegal aliens do not plan to work once they arrive. They find the welfare bounty in the US as a incentive to commit crimes in our neighborhoods. Yes, many, but not all, often lead a life of crime from arrival until they are caught. And, yes, despite what George Bush said, and no matter what Barack Obama says, they do take jobs that American citizens would love to have. Even after they commit major crimes, Barack Obama is reluctant to send them back home.
NO AMNESTY—NO WAY. There is a huge cost of feeding, educating and housing these uninvited people even when they are working. Thy have learned how to game the welfare system. They hide their wages and do not contribute to the institutions in the US which provide them their benefits. They keep their money and they take ours. Many believe they have already ruined California beyond repair. If Conan cannot get it right, who can?
I strongly support changing the law to deny citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants. US Citizenship is a prize to be given to those who earn it—NOT to those who sneak in and have a baby so they can’t be forced to leave. I say there should be No rewards for those who come here illegally. Though his predecessor Paul Kanjorski opposeed amnesty and automatic pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants. and I commended his position on this issue, Pennsylvania's current Representative Matt Cartwright voted for amnesty for illegal aliens when casting a YEA vote for H.R. 15, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" in the 2013-2014 Congress. This makes Rep. Matt Cartwright one of 200 Democrats who voted in support of the Obama backed illegal immigrant amnesty legislation push!c. PA Senator Bob Casey voted the same way. Both must go if we want to turn America back over to Americans in more than symbolic ways.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is To Immigration as Obamacare is to the Health Industry.
Every couple years or so it seems, our friendly Congress, mostly the Democrats who no longer care about Americans having jobs, have tried to grant amnesty to those who live in this country illegally. Our Senators, Representatives, and Administration Officials surely are hell-bent on pursuing amnesty in some form or another. Obamacare held it up for awhile but the President's unconstitutional unilateral changes ave bypassed the will of the people, and the Congress is doing nothing about it.
By the way, in general terms, amnesty means that the US would offer a general pardon for those who offended US by breaking our immigration laws. Most of the immigration reform proposals in Congress over the years have met that definition. Congress loves giving things away that are not theirs in the first place. To assure they can get elected or to assure that their friends can get cheap labor instead of having to pay American wages, they want 30 million people to be made into citizens overnight.
Why should criminals be made citizens? Granting them amnesty would show the reason was because they were able to break the law by entering, staying, and working in our country. Because our government is so nice, these folks will never be punished in any way for that illegal act. Yet, if you used your neighbor's drivers license for ID to get a beer or to take a spin, you would be put in the slammer. Think about what happens when an American is found in North Korea or Iran, or in Mexico without documentation.
Our "representatives" want to give our piece of the American Dream to others so that the lawmakers will get something in return. Can you imagine the healthcare cost of 30 million more people on top of the trillions Congress has chosen to spend on our own supposed 30 million citizens? Is it not fair to ask, why lawbreakers should be rewarded with a visa and ultimately citizenship? Lawbreakers should not be given legal status, while those seeking to immigrate legally face years of paperwork and long waits for a visa.
We have had amnesty programs in the past and they have never worked. They encouraged more to come illegally. Even Ronald Reagan's program did not work. When we rewarded the millions who came here illegally in the past, the result was that even more millions followed suit, but at a faster pace.
Socialism is the Immigration Magnet
The US immigration problem is ours because we are seen as a very kind socialist country. But, that is only because our lawmakers are misguided. They have not gotten the message that America is for Americans first. There are so many tales about the plight of American institutions ravaged by the invasion of illegal foreign nationals who are entitled to rights in this country and for some unknown reason, they are never stopped and they are never deported.
I know of some people from Mexico who still live in Mexico, for example, who take advantage of the ease of access to healthcare by flying in to NY from Mexico every six months for their health maintenance checkups and to visit their kids. They get their healthcare on US and it is cheaper than the airfare in and out. Some of my other friends would say, "such a deal!"
How about the Houston hospitals in which 70 or 80% of the babies born have parents who are in the country illegally? Is that because Americans are no longer having sex or is it because anchor babies become citizens right away merely by being born here? Oh, and don't forget they then get to anchor a whole family towards citizenship as the big reward for their illegal activity. For me, it is all non-sequitur.
Obstetricians in south Texas see the problem first hand. They can attest to the severity of the problem. It’s a story replayed in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. And would it be a surprise to you if I told you that most illegal foreign nationals who come to the US to have their babies in US hospitals do not have health insurance. You may not believe this but after having their babies, they do not pay their hospital bills. That is a deal none of us can get! They use the EMTALA law which has been on the books since 1986.
And, we are so nice that we do not require payment -- ever. Hospitals do ask to be paid. But, the bill, nonetheless is not paid. Though they are foreign nationals here illegally they are not arrested and sent home even though they have not paid their hospital bill. All of this is pre Obamacare. They merely walk out the front door of the hospital, bill unpaid, just like a US citizen. I wonder what happens to American illegal's who have babies in Mexico?
Does anybody think this huge expense can be sustained, either by the hospitals involved or the taxpayers who ultimately end up paying the bills. For now, under Obamacare, the decision has come down. America will pay for all of this treatment. Our Congress and our President are so beneficent. Perhaps this will make the magical attraction rays of the socialism magnets draw those even further form the US and convince them their place to live is where you and I live. Last time I checked there is no similar magnet positioned in the southern hemisphere.
Solving Immigration - Reagan
Ronald Reagan wrestled with the problems caused by illegals in the country and during the Reagan administration, he effected an amnesty program.
On freerepublic.com, they debunk a lot of the myths about the 1986 amnesty program that was sponsored under the Reagan administration. They show a quiz for example about the program. It would be tough to get an A in this quiz/ See how well you do:
Regarding what we know of as the Reagan Amnesty Program," which of the following are true. Each question stands by itself so there may be multiple true answers.
True / False
- The Reagan Amnesty granted a blanket Amnesty to Illegal Aliens.
- The Reagan Amnesty granted automatic citizenship to Illegal Aliens.
- The Reagan Amnesty granted citizenship to some Illegal Aliens.
- The Reagan Amnesty granted automatic permanent residence (green cards) to Illegal Aliens.
- The Reagan Amnesty granted immediate permanent residence (green cards) to some Illegal Aliens.
- The Reagan Amnesty was granted to Illegal Aliens, free of charge.
- Bonus Question:
The Reagan Amnesty mentions the word “Amnesty.”
- Double Secret Bonus Question:
The word “Amnesty” is mentioned in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
So, how do you think you did?
The answer to each and every one of these questions is "False." By the way, there were four million new citizens created as a result of the Reagan Program. To be a citizen, you first had to work as a guest laborer for several years and you had to pay something for the right to be a citizen.
There is major concern that the "rammers" in the House and Senate, before they get thrown out of office are going to try to ram through a full amnesty instant citizenship program. The likelihood of this for a Congress that will be defeated otherwise in the Fall is very high. If 30,000,000 new citizens are given the right to vote in the 2010 Fall elections, the Republicans will never ever have a chance to win another national election. As a Democrat that should make me happy but it does not. The Republicans provided the only voice of reason in the Obamacare debacle and nobody can trust this pack of Democrats to do anything right for the country.
Ronald Reagan offered these comments: "Make no mistake, Americans are happy to welcome immigrants who follow our immigration laws and seek a better life here. America is far more welcoming and tolerant of newcomers than virtually any nation on earth. But our modern welfare state creates perverse incentives for immigrants, incentives that cloud the issue of why people choose to come here. The real problem is not immigration, but rather the welfare state magnet."
What is Socialism?
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need (or needs)." This is the definition of socialism originating as a Karl Marx slogan in his 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program. This little phrase says it all and it sounds real nice until YOU lose your freedom or YOU speak up and find YOU may have an income but you have no liberty.
This phrase summarizes the principles that, under a communist system, every person should contribute to society to the best of his or her ability and consume from society in proportion to his or her needs. Don't take an extra pea or a two-ply roll of toilet paper or a bottle of booze! In the Marxist view, however, you are taken care of with an arrangement that will be made possible by the abundance of goods and services that a developed communist society will produce. The idea is that there will be enough to satisfy everyone's needs. Check your freedom at the door. And, if there is not enough to go around, there will be enough "smart people" in the government who will decide who gets what.
As President Reagan so well communicated, for those in a repressive society or in a society where there are only poor and poorer, socialism is a step up the ladder. For Mexicans looking across the Rio Grande, being able to take a part of America's bounty is a big magnet and it draws people across in great numbers. For Americans, socialism in many ways is the antithesis of freedom and liberty and opportunity. For Americans, socialism is a step backwards from full freedom. For those with no opportunity in their own countries, US socialism appears very desirable.
Desirable or not, America is for Americans. 60,000,000 illegal aliens should not receive automatic instant citizenship. What is good for illegal foreign nationasl in most cases is not good for Americans. Americans pay the bill. Illegal foreign Nationals collect the proceeds. That is simply wrong.