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Wall of shame

By on December 25, 2019

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake That, in turn, would free up law enforcement to focus its energies on criminals, gang members and terrorists. As a matter of national security, it’s simply unacceptable to perpetuate the current system in which millions of people live anonymous lives in the shadows, a system that rewards coyotes and leads to rampant exploitation. The House bill also fails to deal squarely with the key problem that bedevils local and state governments: What to do with the 10 million or so illegal immigrants living here who are intricately intertwined with their communities and the nation’s economy? It’s simply not realistic to think that the government can round up and deport these people, many of whom have children who are American citizens. Real immigration reform must include a way to bring them out of the shadows. We need to know who is living in our country, and the only way to do that is to provide a road to legitimacy. Yet the House steadfastly refused to consider including a guest-worker program, which has been endorsed by President George W. Bush, in its bill. Hopefully, when the U.S. Senate takes up the bill in January, it will have the wisdom that the House lacked to understand that it will take more than a wall of shame to reform America’s shameful and negligent immigration policies. The Republican-controlled United States House of Representatives last week took one of the most important debates of the nation’s future domestic policy, and came up with the most inadequate solution it could: Build a really big wall. The bill, the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, calls for erecting a 698-mile border fence and harsher punishments for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. It also includes pages of legislation that would tighten enforcement of border security and close loopholes allowing illegal immigrants and alien gang members to enter and stay in the United States. All of which would be fine, even necessary, as part of a comprehensive solution to the country’s immigration problems. But this is a plan that’s all stick with no carrot, and America needs both. It’s fallacy to think that enforcement alone can end illegal immigration, not when massive economic pressures will continue to lure millions of immigrants seeking a better life across the border. For immigration reform to work, it must seek to reduce illegal entries not only through stricter enforcement, but by creating sufficient opportunities for legal entry and earned citizenship. last_img read more

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