More feel-good demagoguery from the President: We are all immigrants, tralalalala! It’s mostly sentimental bull. It makes Americans feel good about themselves at no cost. But what does the president – this son of an immigrant (sort of) – really want?
Let’s be a little cool about it (says this immigrant).
Contrary to an impression widespread among conservatives (and Rush Limbaugh’s impression), there is no legal way for an average foreigner to emigrate to the US. That’s NONE. An Irishman who works in an auto shop and who is happily married, for example, has no way (zero) to move to the US. Thus, illegal immigrants are not rude line-jumpers.
Most illegal immigrants are Mexicans. The evidence that they are only here to work and make money is very strong.
The US needs immigrants, in general, to generate Social Security taxes to support the Baby-Boomers. We need them now.
The US should provide many more many more visas to highly skilled immigrants that our advanced industries say they need. I think it’s ten times more than currently. The US should follow the example of Canada and of Australia in this respect. They have been doing it for many years. It has not hurt them.
The Mexicans illegal and many others who are not Mexican, as well as many legal immigrants would gladly be turned into legal workers with undeterminate duration visas. Many would like to work in the US and rear their children back home and spend their money there, back home, in their own language.
This option would greatly reduce the importance of “securing the border” dear to conservatives.
There is little expressed demand among immigrants for US citizenship. By and large, immigrants want to work in peace and not be subject to the exploitation that comes with clandestinity. Citizenship is superfluous to this requirement.
The wish to create quickly millions of US citizens resides entirely within the Democratic Party. It figures there is absolutely no better way for itself to gain millions of new voters and thus to swamp the Republican Party, with luck, forever.
PS Don’t forget: Immigrants, including illegal immigrants, possess ordinary human rights. but no one has any rights as an immigrant.
A more thorough development of these ideas is found in my co-authored article – with Nikoforov, another immigrant - in the libertarian Independent Review. On this blog, activate the link: “If Mexicans and Americans Could Cross….”
See also my several postings on immigration on this blog grouped under this reference: http://factsmatter.wordpress.com/?s=immigration