Find a New Immigration Perspective

Miller-McCune's experts offer solutions to problems that were under-discussed during the presidential campaign.
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Conspicuously absent from both 2008 presidential campaigns was a fair, honest and decisive proposal to solve the immigration problem in the U.S., especially with respect to our southern border. Instead, we are told, the "solution" is (1) to grant amnesty of one sort or another to all who are already here illegally, (2) to develop and establish "comprehensive immigration reform" and (3) to offer a "guest worker program."

"Comprehensive immigration reform" is merely a sociopolitical euphemism for amnesty, and its principle tenet is the "need for a guest worker program." In point of fact, the U.S. presently offers 10 different guest worker programs. In addition, roughly 8 million Americans remain unemployed, while approximately 7 million illegal workers hold U.S. jobs, primarily because many overstay their guest worker visas after they officially expire.

Each person residing in this country — legal or not — costs the U.S. economy roughly $600 annually in emergency medical care, public education, legal administration and other tax-supported public services, which means that the financial burden placed on the American taxpayer by illegal immigration is roughly $70 billion yearly, as compared to the approximately $7 billion to $8 billion in labor cost savings it contributes to corporate profits. True, some illegal aliens pay taxes, but only a fraction of the total number.

These same conditions also serve to exploit illegal and legal workers alike by depressing wages domestically. If "aliens" became naturalized, corporate America would be legally forced to pay them at least minimum wage, too; thus, actual domestic wages would not decline accordingly. To be sure, why should corporate America hire a minimum-wage laborer when it can hire an illegal worker for much less?

The idea that the U.S. should perhaps ignore existing immigration law in the interest of "moral compassion" is both sanctimonious and disingenuous. The U.S. has some of the most liberal and generous immigration laws of any country in the world. Illegal immigrants to Mexico are summarily fined, imprisoned and deported. Perhaps those who support "comprehensive immigration reform" should follow Mexico's rather keen example.

Finally, how many more criminal elements and tons of illegal narcotics must freely stream across the U.S. southern border before truly authentic government efforts are made to curtail the flow? Fixing the problem doesn't even require new legislation; the federal government need only enforce existing U.S. immigration law and border security. Maintaining and enforcing the E-Verify system that lets employers check work authorization online and gaining at least a modicum of control over the U.S. southern border would both be excellent beginnings.

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