Thursday, June 28, 2007

Victory for America: The Immigration Bill

With news that the Immigration Bill has stopped in its tracks, and the Fourth of July just a few days away, I'm putting up the flag!

The latest talk that first we should secure the borders, and then solve the problem of millions of guests who have not entered this country through legal channels, seems very sensible. Why the United States, in effect, should give preference to immigrants from only one country is contrary to traditional immigration law and doesn't make much sense. We need immigrants who can commit to being Americans first, and are willing to put the time and effort in learning English.

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Blogger JB Powers said...


Looking around the neighborhood, I am not convinced immigration law actually works. From my visual sample, I am convinced that many new immigrants actually do work.

There has to be room for hard working people in the US.


Jun 29, 2007, 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Hi JB,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments which are always insightful. The problem is not that there are immigrants, the problem is that we are creating a preference and an incentive for persons who don't follow the law to come to America while legal applicants are caught in a terrible administrative backlog.

Most immigrants--legal or otherwise--are hardworking, many working harder than I ever dreamed of doing. Many of the illegal immigrants are otherise law abiding, but their very presence here shows a basic disrespect for the law. Also, they lack educations and come from a culture of extreme governmental corruption. That is a problem in itself. My personal peeve is their lack of interest in learning English, and in becoming Americans as generations of other immigrants have had to do.

I think many Americans are really for "open borders," or at least want open borders with Mexico. In my own house, we are divided on this issue. No one seems willing to debate open borders.

I also am not so sure either that immigration law works. I am thinking that the answer has to be to make more countries better places to live with more economic opportunity. As I am fond of saying, no Mexicans come here for the weather. They seem to want to remain Mexican and also be US citizens. No tengo ganas de hablar espanol todavia.

Why I am happy the bill failed is that we need more national consensus on this issue. We don't need legislation that divides rather than unites.

Jul 1, 2007, 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger JB Powers said...

Well neighbor,

The practice of government corruption is fairly well celebrated in Chicago and Cook County. We have a corrput, hereditary aristocracy here, that could disgust even the most conniving new immigrant.

Our Leftist education bureaucracy has deemed it not necessary to learn English. I can ask any contractor in your neighborhood...those that learn English make more money. English will happen in spite of our Public Education.

I want open borders with Canada and Mexico, much like Poland has open borders with Germany. I also want a simplified tax to be applied to non-residents (much like the EU has).

When we are behind the EU on open markets, it must be a problem.

I am not convinced we need to "make more countries" do much of anything. We have a peculiarly bad record on this, and would generally do better to go about our own business.


Jul 11, 2007, 11:15:00 AM  

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