Friday, May 7, 2010

Fed response to immigration boiling point: Enforcement or reform?

As the constitutional and civil rights consequences of Arizona's punitive new immigration law become more apparent, proponents and opponents of the law seem to share only one area of agreement: America's immigration laws are broken and must be repaired. The proposed solutions however, are as different as night and day.

Supporters of the law champion federal and state enforcement-only solutions premised on the belief that we must secure the borders before taking any other action to reform the system. Opponents of the law know that a border-first strategy is short-sighted, has failed in the past, and cannot provide a solution to the larger immigration problem. As these two forces mobilize for yet another immigration debate, the stakes grow ever higher and the need for accurate information increases.

Although it may be politically popular to call for additional border and interior enforcement, the real solutions and the facts call for a comprehensive approach. In order to truly solve the problem we must address the root causes of illegal immigration:

  • inadequate legal means for working and immigrating to the United States,
  • a deportation-driven strategy that focuses on numbers rather than genuine threats to national security, and
  • failure to enact a consistent, balanced federal plan for regulating immigration.

Pouring billions of dollars more into border enforcement alone or venting frustration through questionable state laws will not solve the problem.

Turning off the jobs magnet, expanding effective worker verification programs, providing a legal and regulated flow of workers, and getting millions of workers right with the law - paying taxes and contributing to our nation's recovery - is a recipe for reform. Throwing billions at enforcement-only has been the modus operandi in Washington for nearly two decades, and the results have been an increasingly dysfunctional system.


One Fly said...

If something is done chances are it will not be what is needed. Hate to have this attitude but that is the reality of what we get from our government.

They should tackle the drug issue at the same time but they won't.

TomCat said...

Billie, I fully agree. The big problem is that the right wants to keep illegals illegal to allow their corporate exploitation. I'm all for more border security, but only after a path to citizenship, a work-permit system, and severe sanctions on corporations who exploit their labor are in place.

Tim said...

Billie, you nail this. Trying to keep people out and weed them out is throwing good money after bad. Spending the money needed to create efficiencies, properly integrate newcomers, and help them contribute to our society and economy would be the sensible things to do.

That's why we keep building fences, digging canals, and spending small fortunes on shipping upright people home... What is it about our system that the worst solution always gets the green light?

Thank you!


TomCat said...

Happy Mothers Day!

Maithri said...

Brilliant as always my friend,

What is it in the human mind that makes us settle for the easy answer?

Thank you for always sidestepping this kind of cognitive laziness and showing us the soul of an issue and the means of addressing it,

Much love to you,


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Vicente Duque said... : Sales on Nogales Arizona sunk on Friday May 14, because of the Mexican Boycott - No Mexicans crossing from Mexico to USA to buy

Nogales Arizona : According to 2005 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,833. The city is located on the border with Mexico.

The Boycott of Mexican Buyers to Arizona Stores has begun ! - The Mexicans look disciplined in not crossing to Arizona to buy things - The Friday May 14 Boycott of Nogales Arizona was very successful and very few Mexicans crossed the border to buy.
'Day without Mexicans' could be affecting Nogales business
Normally busy Friday nearly devoid of border traffic
By Fernanda Echavarri
Posted May 14, 2010,

'Day without Mexicans' could be affecting Nogales business

Some excerpts :

A "Day Without Mexicans" boycott of Arizona by Mexican consumers seems to be having an impact at the Nogales border crossing, which has had almost no traffic Friday, according to a Sonoran newspaper.

El Imparcial reported Friday afternoon that the Dennis DeConcini port of entry had barely 15 cars crossing at once, compared with the hundreds that usually wait in line at any given time.

El Imparcial's website offers a live view of what has been, for most of the day, an almost empty crossing.

The Chamber of Commerce in Hermosillo, Son., called for "A Day Without Mexicans" encouraging consumers to buy in Sonora and not in Arizona.

"We don't want to exaggerate and say we will not step a foot in the United States again, because we want to have an economical relationship ahead which benefits Sonora, we want to have a dialogue, but our position is firm for a day without Mexicans in Arizona," said Gustavo Claussen Iberri in Spanish on the chamber of commerce's website.

As of 3:30 p.m. Friday hundreds were gathering at the Arizona side of the rally and Lozano expected at least 400 demonstrators to show up.


I am following the Boycotts against Arizona in very careful detail :

Vicente Duque

Dave Dubya said...

The sad thing is that illegal immigrants have been reduced to political pawns for the radical right to bash and bully. I think they WANT them here in order to have scapegoats. Those with fascist and authoritarian leanings can't thrive without having minorities to vent their hatred anger.

I had to disprove a right wing forward today about "Joe Legal and Jose Illegal".