Posts Tagged ‘Illegal Immigration’

I am a fiscally conservative life-long Democrat.  I do NOT support the funding of President Trump’s wall.  Other than providing jobs for American workers, there is no benefit to building a wall.  I do support increased spending on Security (border security and almost all other forms of “useful” security) – even increasing it by billions of dollars – IF NECESSARY!!  But building a wall is NOT necessary.  It will do little to nothing to increase our security or decrease illegal immigration.  MOST illegal immigration happens when people lawfully enter the country and then overstay their visa.  A wall – no matter the height, depth or width – will not reduce this.
And, in any case, when our #IdiotInChief was a candidate he promised (as he was such a great negotiator) that we (U.S. citizens) would not have to pay for a wall.  As President, he was going to make Mexico pay for building his wall.  I say:  “Let him get Mexico to pay for it!”  AFTER we have the funds coming in from Mexico, then we can start building the wall.  And furthermore, not one cent is to be spent on the wall until then, and not more than one cent over what has been taken in from Mexico should be spent on the wall’s construction or maintenance.
I am not in favor of a government shutdown.  In this case, the shutdown is entirely President Trump’s fault.  He has been President for almost two whole years and he has done almost nothing to negotiate funding from Mexico, nor demonstrate that building a wall will do more than minimally increase our security.  The “security” money would be far better spent on increasing the enforcement of hiring legal employees and prosecuting employers who hire those without work permits.  This would actually reduce illegal immigration, by reducing demand for illegals.  It would also improve the economy by marginally increasing wages for those at the bottom scales.  This is because there would be fewer workers willing to accept minimum wages, so the price for labor would go up.  That is, if you believe in supply and demand.
To any Democratic office holder who votes in support of building a wall:  I will make a list.  I will check it twice.  And, I will make a donation to any Democratic candidate who runs against you in your next primary.
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This is the America we live in…
In this country, professional athletes can be blackballed from employment or fined by the their league for peaceful protest against an unfair criminal justice system.  And, the President can call them: “SOB’s” who should be fined or fired or deported.
In this country, the executive branch (President) can use border control and immigration staff to forcibly separate children from their parents because the families are seeking entry into the United States.  Some of the families are attempting to enter illegally.  Some are attempting to enter legally and seeking asylum.  Some are attempting to enter illegally and seeking asylum.  It is my understanding ALL groups are having their families / children separated until the asylum request has been adjudicated and / or the illegal entries have been processed.  And the kicker is there is no system to track which children are which and / or track them for reunification with their parents / family once a decision has been made.
The President is blaming the Democrats because they haven’t solved the immigration problem – even though it is the Republicans which control both houses of Congress, the Executive Branch and conservative Justices (appointed by Republican Presidents) form the majority of the US Supreme Court.
The Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security says: “We are just doing our job trying to enforce the laws…”
For once, I can agree with a Republican: Senator John McCain (on Twitter):
“The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded.  The administration has the power to rescind this policy.  It should do so now.”
But remember, according to President Trump: It is the Fake News (Free Press) which is the Country’s greatest enemy.
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