ETHICS ISSUES: IMMIGRATION

ETHICS and IMMIGRATION

Our nation has a system of constitutional law in effect, a system that would work well if only the laws already on the books were enforced.  Immigration is a current issue only because those laws were not and are not enforced; politics being the reason.  This is the fault of the federal government—not the border states (the problem being at its worst along the Mexican border).  If politicians did their job and truly represented those who voted them in, things would be better.  Politics is the problem, because politics is largely unethical.  That’s the way it is.  That’s the way we’ve made it.  That’s not the way it should be.

Citizenship is not a civil right.  It must be earned and there are enabling rules in place.  The system had worked for well over 100 years; millions of Americans have earned their citizenship and contributed to the Nation under existing law.  The border was never a major problem.  Most of those who slipped over  were apprehended and deported.  Some, mostly in California, were welcomed as farm laborers, their illegal entry largely overlooked.  This action has grown from an accommodation to a disaster.

Prior to recently, immigrants were expected to, and did, assimilate.  The concept was that of a ‘melting pot’ of cultures into the American way of life, enriching as well as being enriched.  Now the metaphor is more of a soup bowl (alphabet soup comes to mind) with cultures adding to, but changing rather than adapting to the culture, benefiting from the system without adding to it.  We have ceased Americanizing and are now being diluted by accommodating some of the worst, and on their terms.

It’s been estimated that it would cost more than $6-trillion to legitimize the 11-million illegals at large in the country.  There’s no way to round them up and deport them, nor is there a reason to send them all home; however, there is a way to stem the tide.  The federal government is responsible for securing our borders; this must be done at once, no excuses.  The federal government is not doing its job, and the reasons are largely political.

Current illegals should be offered a way to citizenship by adhering to the law.  They must agree to pay a fine, forgo government benefits available to citizens, and work toward citizenship from the back of the line of those who are and have been following the rules.  This may take years—some estimate as many as 20—but so what?  The rules must be enforced.  Those not choosing the legal route must be denied any benefits or employment—employers must verify employees’ eligibility and the government must crack down on overstayed visas.

IT IS WITHOUT QUESTION THAT EVERY NON-CITIZEN BE DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE.  Proof of citizenship must be required to vote in ANY election, the “Motor-Voter” law notwithstanding.

There are a lot of ‘musts’ here, but SOMETHING MUST BE DONE, IT MUST BE DONE AT ONCE, AND IT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO IT.

What do YOU think?

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