Let's get real! There is no simply possibility of resolving the deep divisions in this country until the matter of illegal immigration is settled once and for all. And let me be clear here. I am furious at both political parties for their selfish and totally inept handling of this situation over the past two decades. One of the primary responsibilities of any government is to secure the borders. For their own selfish reasons both Democrats and Republicans have failed us miserably in this regard. Democrats look the other way because they envision a boatload of new Democratic voters that would give them a permanent majority in this country for decades to come. Meanwhile, the Republicans and their buddies in the Chamber of Commerce viewed the illegals as a vast source of cheap labor for their various enterprises. This is the primary reason why so many working class Americans who pay taxes and play by the rules are fit to be tied right now. It seems that there is no one in Washington is looking out for them and it is this reality that has given rise to the Tea Party movement.
The fact of the matter is that attempting to deport 10-12 million people is simply not an option. Those who advocate that course of action are blowing smoke up their noses. It will never happen. I think that it is inevitable that at some point the United States government will have to offer the folks who are already here a chance to become U.S. citizens. In his 2009 book "The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity"Geraldo Rivera interviews former Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. The Cuban born Gutierrez, who is a former Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Kellogg Company, offers a tough but pragmatic recipe to resolve the matter once and for all. According to the approach favored by Mr. Gutierrez "They'll need to pay taxes, They'll need to pay fines. They'll need to learn English....And so they'll have to make a real commitment to earn legalization and a real commitment to this country. They have to decide that they are going to make this their country and stick it out and earn their legalization." Geraldo completely agrees with this approach. It makes perfect sense to me as well.
But I firmly believe that in order to make what amounts to amnesty palatable to the vast majority of the American people President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are going to have to agree to some substantial concessions. Don't hold your breath because these people never compromise on anything. First and foremost, the American people are going to have to be convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that our borders have finally been secured. Given the Administration's stance on the Arizona Iimmigration Law and the pending lawsuit by the Attorney General this is highly unlikely. In addition, those who study American history know that on a number of occasions our government has chosen to impose a temporary moratorium on immigration. It seems to me that this would also have to be an integral part in the ultimate resolution of this stalemate. History tells us that placing a several years long moratorium on immigration would allow those who are already here a greater opportunity to assimilate into our society. And finally, I believe that the last piece of the solution to this dilemma would be to prohibit those who are given amnesty from voting for five years after they are naturalized. This would be part of the price these individuals would have to pay for entering the country illegally in the first place and would prevent these folks from having an undue influence on the next two elections. We must recognize that there is no perfect solution to this issue and understand that people of good will on all sides of this political "hot potato" must come to the table willing to give up something substantial in order to reach a viable compromise. I believe that the terms of this solution would be acceptable to the vast majority of Republicans in Congress and to a majority of the American people. And if they were really serious about resolving this issue I think that all but the most radical Democrats could live with this as well. But having said that I do not believe there is a snowball's chance in hell that the idealogues in the Obama administration would go along with any of it.
Unfortunately, in the poisonous political climate that currently exists in this nation resolution of this divisive issue is not likely to occur anytime soon. That's too bad. The flames of unrest continue to be fanned by radio talk show hosts and the equally partisan cable news anchors who like our politicians have something to gain by keeping us divided. Let's get beyond that and let calmer heads prevail. Perhaps by resolving the difficult issue of illegal immigration the American people will discover that there are a lot more issues we can intelligently iron out together..
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Immigration reform is the common term used in political discussions regarding changes to the current immigration policy of a country. In its strict definition "reform " means to change into an improved form or condition, by amending or removing faults or abuses. In the political sense, immigration reform discussions can be general enough to include promoted, expanded, or open immigration as well as the aspect of reducing or eliminating immigration altogether.