Skip to comments.Ben Carson: Remove the Illegal-Immigration Carrots. If you game the system, so will the illegals.
Posted on 06/18/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
In 2012, the current administration made it clear that certain unaccompanied illegal minors would not be deported if caught. This helped create an atmosphere of tolerance that would be conducive to the current rash of illegal dumping of thousands of children from south of the border into the United States. Now we have a humanitarian crisis that appears to have been manufactured for political reasons.
One would not have to be incredibly bright to predict that families in South and Central America, as well as in Mexico, would recognize a veiled invitation to get their children into the United States with little chance of deportation. Of course, the media are asking opponents of the administration for solutions to this crisis. Almost anything these opponents suggest will be either harsh, making them appear cruel and callous, or weak, making them appear to be amnesty supporters. Either way, they will take a political hit.
Meanwhile, the administration can stay above the fray and receive the political benefit of gratitude from many legal and illegal immigrants. Its a clever and effective ploy with the added benefit of redistributing even more American wealth. It remains to be seen how many people will be hoodwinked.
We all have heard it said many times that America is a land of immigrants, some voluntary and some involuntary. We have plenty of space in our country, but insufficient jobs and insufficient resources to support everyone who wants to come here. When we see innocent children used as political pawns, it still tugs at our heartstrings, which is the intent. The real question is: What are we going to do about it?
The combination of immigration reforms being a tough issue and a political football has led to governmental stalemates and no useful solutions for decades. To begin to solve this problem, we must have some understanding of why it exists.
Despite all of its problems, America is still the place of dreams. As such, it is small wonder that so many from other nations would like to live here. The benefits of an American domicile are so great that they currently outweigh issues of legality.
Immigrating is relatively easy for those in proximity to the United States we have porous borders, and it is easy for illegals to hide and obtain fraudulent identification after they have penetrated the border. Although there is some fear of deportation, unenthusiastic and inconsistent enforcement of immigration laws is the expectation. Further incentives for illegal immigration are easy enrollment in public schools, easy employment for those willing to take jobs that others dont want, easy access to health care, and easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs. These and other inducements produce an osmotic effect that attracts ever more people to our land.
Any discussion of immigration reform should include bipartisan solutions to these inducements. If these issues are not addressed, solutions will fall short. On the other hand, if all of these issues are addressed firmly and consistently, the osmotic effect will be reversed. Just as people found a way to get here, they would find a way to leave on their own, and others would be less tempted to attempt illegal entry.
Detractors will say that if it were that simple, it already would have been done, and we wouldnt be having this discussion. What they fail to account for is the fact that the issues have not been addressed.
A national guest-worker program makes sense and seems to work well in Canada. Noncitizens would have to apply for a guest-worker permit and have a guaranteed job awaiting them. Taxes would be paid at a rate commensurate with other U.S. workers, and special visas would allow for easy entry and egress across borders. Guest-worker status would be granted to individuals and not to groups.
People already here illegally could apply for guest-worker status from outside of the country, meaning they would have to leave first. They should in no way be rewarded for having broken our laws, but if they are wise, they would arrange with their employer before they leave to immediately offer them a legal job as soon as their application is received. When they return, they still would not be U.S. citizens, but they would be legal, and they would be paying taxes. Only jobs that are vacant as a result of a lack of interest by American citizens should be eligible for the guest-worker program.
It is essential that employers bear some responsibility for making sure that no illegal immigrants are hired. Employers who break the rules should receive swift, severe, and consistent punishment that constitutes a real deterrent and not a mere inconvenience. A second infraction should be a criminal offense and treated as such.
All of this is irrelevant unless we have secure borders. There is much that can be learned from security personnel in prisons and other secured facilities, and there is a great deal of smart technology that could be employed to achieve secure borders. It is a matter of will rather than ability.
As long as we reward people who break laws, they will continue to break laws. We do need a continual flow of immigrants, but choosers need not be beggars. We make decisions based on our needs. People who refuse to comply with the rules must forfeit chances of legalization in the future. Anyone caught engaging in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.
The point is this: We must create a system that disincentivizes illegal immigration and upholds the rule of law while providing us with a steady stream of immigrants from other nations who will strengthen our society. Lets solve the problem and stop playing political football.
Dr. Ben Carson is professor emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Universit
Please please Dr. Carson run for POTUS.
Please please Dr. Carson run for POTUS.
I’ve heard many stories from friends about scamming the system. Fake marriages to get a boyfriend here, offers of money to stay here, or looking to get married just to stay here from those on temporary visas. It is particularly so within ethnic communities where fake marriages are more easily concocted.
Then there’s the running across the border or the citizenship birth resorts that cater to the wealthy foreigners. Scams all and not a peep out of our “representatives”
Birthright citizenship needs to go. It was put there for a reason and that reason is past. A literal reading of it allows for gaming the system, yet again, not a peep while the average Joe has to bear the financial, cultural, educational and safety burdens of the scam.
Time to cut off US aid to these corrupt, do-nothing governments. US aid should be suspended until the countries tell us where the money is going......and demand they put out appropriate messaging to counter the ads said to be fueling the horrendous surge at the border from Central America.
NOTE WELL: US Aid figures do not include military aid and aid from other US agencies: El Salvador: $280.4M Honduras: $680M Dominican Republic: $223.7M Mexico: $958.2M Guatemala: $391.8M
This report shows US aid $s for the past few years (see page 9 (US Assistance) and pages 25-30 show various other agencies providing aid (DOD, etc.) (needs more research)
We could also send the countries a bill for processing, housing, feeding and providing healthcare and daycare for each of the illegals citizens that they facilitate into the US.
Most Americans are fed-up---and want these types sent back from whence they came....but the buzz is Central American govts are refusing to take them back.
This is what Bill Clinton did when the Cubans tried to come over.
1. Used the coast guard to escort them and point them back to Cuba
2. Went to Congress and they have him the power to empower the state governors, that in case of a mass migration they can "authorize every sheriff, every police department in AZ and TX, to utilize their state police, take custody of these individuals, give them short term assistance, and start loading up their national guard planes and fly them back home...
....none of this turning them loose crap...
....word will circulate within 24 hours...."there ain't no free lunch."
Totally agree except for the Guest Worker Gambit.
I think that will create a permanent underclass of exploited foreign workers, exacerbating the existing problem of unassimilable ghettos.
If we need more workers, we should give preferance to people willing to come here LEGALLY and who want to be American Citizens - along with all that entails, including accepting our value system and learning our language and paying our taxxes.
And no discussion about anything else until your number one is complete and proven.
So, what ever happened to the Bracero Program of the 1950’s? It was working fine until the unions destroyed it.
That’s how it should be, but unfortunately we have traitors in both political parties who see no problem with selling out their own country. What needs to happen is any rep who does so, should be immediately removed from office and brought up on charges of treason and violating their oath of office. These traitors are the ultimate cause of our invasion problem.
I know very little about agriculture (I'm a city boy from the Northeast) but I've heard it said over...and over...and over again that farms and orchards need many people to do backbreaking physical work that pays very little.Assuming this is true there are only two solutions that I can see...a "guest worker" program or increase the pay and improve the working conditions for those who do this work substantially.I,personally.would be willing to pay more for my broccoli and my oranges if it helped get illegals out but would that solution work? I honestly don't know.
To trivialize, mock or otherwise nullify the significance of American citizenship is to trivialize, mock and nullify the sovereignty of the United States.
What idiot cannot see where THAT leaves us?
Yes, Dr. Carson IS spot on on many issues. My problem is that he’s squishy on the 2nd Amendment. Until we get more clarification on that subject, I’ll have to hold back a bit for now.
“providing us with a steady stream of immigrants from other nations who will strengthen our society.”
How and when did it become settled that the American people are so inferior that they are unable to maintain a strong and successful nation on their own, without the aid of people from countries who have never been able to do it?
The government has no intention of removing the ‘carrots’... taxpayer subsidization of cheaper labor is part of their understanding with the corporate cronies in exchange for campaign donations or lobbying jobs.
Interesting comparison of two Dictators when losing became inevitable:
* Hitlers Fast tracking of Death Camps and
* Obamas Fast flooding of Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico.
IMHO: both Dictators saw their fast actions efforts as THE FINAL SOLUTION.
The only thing you need to know about this is less than 4% of the illegals in the country today are employed by agriculture.
So you like his pro-amnesty position?
So you like his pro-amnesty position too?
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