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Sensible Immigration Reform

Resolving the status of the 10-12 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States.

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Time to resolve this highly divisive issue once and for all and move on.

  • Aug 6, 2009
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Let's get real!   There is no 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 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.

Having said all that 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 these folks a chance to become citizens.  In his soon to be released 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 would go one step further.  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 have to be an integral part in the ultimate resolution of this stalemate.  This would make the solution more palatable to millions of Americans who currently oppose what they deem is "amnesty" for the illegals.  Moreover,  placing a several years long moratorium on immigration would allow those already here a greater opportunity to assimilate into our society.   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. 

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.  I wish us good luck.  
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To: Interested Parties From: Pete Brodnitz, BSG Date: June 2, 2009 Re: Recent Polling on Immigration Reform While comprehensive immigration reform has some vocal opponents, in our recent national poll, we found that the vast majority of voters (two thirds or more depending on the details) favor comprehensive immigration reform, a position that has not wavered in the face of an economic downturn. There is widespread support for a comprehensive approach to solving the issue of illegal immigration – among all political parties, regions, ages, both genders, and those who are undecided on the 2010 Congressional race. Voters see a relationship between comprehensive immigration reform and the economy and perceive an economic and fiscal benefit to passing reform. In fact, the economic situation has increased the desire for quick action on immigration reform.

More than 8 in 10 Democratic, Republican, and Independent voters support Congress passing comprehensive reform, as do 86% of voters who are undecided on the 2010 congressional race. This indicates the potential appeal of comprehensive immigration reform as a bipartisan issue.

The comprehensive proposal is seen as a balanced approach that is fair to both taxpayers (81% agree) and illegal immigrants (79% agree), and 91% agree that the comprehensive proposal would help taxpayers by making illegal ...

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