Immigration Reform

THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN IGNORED FAR TOO LONG; CONGRESS CONTINUES TO "KICK THE CAN" DOWN THE ROAD WHILE 11+MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN LIMBO AND SLEEP IN FEAR OF DEPORTATION. DID THESE PEOPLE ENTER THE U.S. ILLEGALLY?  YOU BET. DID THEY BREAK THE LAW? ABSOLUTELY.  BUT IT HAPPENED.  AND IT HAPPENED LARGELY BECAUSE WE THE PEOPLE FAILED TO CONTROL OUR OWN BORDERS AND REMAINED CONTENT TO TURN BLIND EYES TOWARDS OUR WEAK AND UNENFORCED IMMIGRATION LAWS. 

PROBLEMS DO NOT GO AWAY BY IGNORING THEM.  BIG BOYS AND GIRLS IN WASHINGTON MUST MAN-UP/WOMAN-UP NOW. IF ONE UNEMOTIONALLY AND OBJECTIVELY ASSESSES THE FACTS SURROUNDING THIS ISSUE, ONE CAN ONLY COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT A COMPROMISED SOLUTION - AS MUCH AS IT PAINS SO MANY OF US - MUST BE REACHED:

* THE U.S. DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY, RESOURCES OR MANPOWER TO   ROUND UP AND DEPORT 11+ MILLION ILLEGALS.

* THE VAST MAJORITY OF THESE ILLEGALS ARE HARD-WORKING, LAW ABIDING, TAX-PAYING CITIZENS WHO SIMPLY SEEK A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES.  THE CRIMINALS AMONG THEM ARE BEING ROUNDED-UP AND DEPORTED AT RECORD RATES. (ALMOST 410,000 DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST TERM AS OPPOSED TO 370,000 DURING THE EIGHT YEARS OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.)

* AN INCALCULABLE NUMBER OF THESE ILLEGALS HAVE CHILDREN WHO WERE BORN IN AMERICA; THESE KIDS ARE U.S. CITIZENS AND INNOCENT VICTIMS. SEPARATING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS IS NOT AN ACT THAT REFLECTS WELL UPON A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY. 

* ILLEGAL LABOR EBBING FROM MEXICO -LIKE IT OR NOT -HAS SUPPORTED AMERICAN BUSINESSES FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS; THE DOUBLE STANDARD MUST END. TURNING A BLIND, LEGAL EYE DURING HARVEST SEASONS SIMPLY DOES NOT CUT IT IN 21ST CENTURY SOCIETY.