Media airwaves are crackling and pundit mouths are flapping with the news that O is planning executive action to legalize illegals. This really isn’t new news; he’s been threatening it practically since he foisted Obamacare onto an unwilling nation of stupid people. Doing it now will serve as a reminder to Republicans and the nation that he drives the train as the nation’s chief executive and will do what he wants, when he wants, for whom he wants.
The big fear is that once this crop of illegals suddenly gain status, a new crop will start heading over the border. This is a legitimate concern because how do we effectively seal off our borders to prevent people from sneaking in when there are miles and miles and miles of rugged territory. We cannot possibly monitor every single inch of it and there are those who don’t particularly care if they are caught because it takes forever, if ever, to send them back. Let’s look instead at what makes this country attractive and what pisses people off about illegal immigrants. I’m not saying don’t protect the border, but if you drill down to the pathologies involved with immigration, you get a different sense of things. One of the biggest complaints of the average citizen is that these people are stealing jobs. No, they are not. They are taking jobs that American-born teat-suckers won’t take and don’t have to take because they aren’t forced to work for their keep. Illegals aren’t subject to minimum wage, they are subject to market forces. Legalizing illegals just means they now can either take a minimum wage job, or belly up to the government trough like American citizens can while their comrades back home trot across the border to work for-you guessed it-the same jobs the illegals had before Obama made them legal. This leads to the second complaint, that illegals will immediately start to avail themselves of the fruits of other Americans’ labor via welfare programs once they are legal. This is a legitimate beef, but who can blame them? Every social service government website has directions in Spanish to attach to the teat so we make it easy for them. No wonder they think the streets are paved with gold. I believe it is a misnomer, however, to assume they come here to be cared for in the bosom of the government. The vast majority of immigrants from down south-the ones most people think about when they see red on this issue-are the low skill workers who will take what an employer will pay in exchange for a day’s work. They come here wanting an opportunity; our government programs lure them into laziness like it’s the American way or something.
I know there are people who do not agree with me on this but I don’t have a problem with status change from illegal to legal. Verify they are not carrying illness, are not criminals, and let them work. Note I did NOT say attach them to the teat, I said LET THEM WORK. Advise them that they are welcome to stay provided they have gainful employ, and they will not be eligible for any of the freebies other Americans shouldn’t be getting. Give them a path to citizenship that includes staying out of trouble with the law, learning English, and working. Otherwise, show them the door. If they know that there is no “fall-back”, that they will not be eligible for government programs (and you already know I would get rid of every single program that takes the fruits of one man’s labor to redistribute to someone who didn’t work for it), any incentive that might provide is automatically eliminated. It is possible that we will lose quite a few illegals by telling them they may not suck the teat, but I’m betting there will be more who are willing to pay their way in exchange for the freedom and opportunity this country provides. Obama could stifle critics in a heartbeat by announcing a path to citizenship and legal worker status, with no eligibility for government programs through at minimum 2 generations, and a program by which the welcome mat is rolled out for legal immigrants who are disease-free and not criminals.