With President Obama set to unveil his administration’s approach to immigration reform, the issue has come front-and-center again. Obama’s support among Latinos probably shocked the GOP, but they are now split into two camps, the extreme nutcases who have doubled-down on their insanity and the somewhat-chastened who seem willing to STFU and listen to the people (or at least appear to do so, temporarily).
The move would amount to the first tentative step toward comprehensive immigration reform after long-standing gridlock on the issue. The new effort was spurred in large part by the growing influence of Latino voters who strongly backed President Obama and other Democrats in November.
It was not clear, however, whether the final agreement will offer guidance on perhaps the thorniest issue in the immigration debate: what mechanism illegal immigrants could use to pursue full citizenship.
A few facts.
11+ million undocumented immigrants;, mostly 25-44; mostly in larger states; mostly Mexican; men and women; mostly in farming, maintenance,construction; peaked after 2007.
(i.e. unskilled, easily replaceable, cheap, exploitable)
One crowd has historically been pro-immigration when Capitalism needed cheap labor as a matter of economics
It’s the right thing to do for our economy…
…employers’ needs for immigrants not only in high-tech industries but in agriculture too, especially in states such as California.
…Republicans need to be for what is good for the economy, and immigration reform is needed…
They also distinguish between needed (high-tech) expertise which does not threaten American jobs and immigrants judged to contribute less to the economy.
They do a Cost/Benefit Analysis and decide the Napa Valley engineer is worth the social/financial/benefit overhead while those harvesting lettuce in Central Valley are not.
BTW: We no longer need cheap manufacturing labor because we’ve outsourced manufacturing. We still need cheap agricultural and service labor.
If not for that, the racists would ban immigration entirely.
They are anti-immigration when it threatens their lily-white enclaves of privilege.
But a significant number of Americans, particularly within the Republican Party, remain opposed to laws that would make it easier for illegal immigrants to stay in the country or obtain legal status.
The working group’s principles are expected to address stricter border control, better employer verification of workers’ immigration status, new visas for temporary agriculture workers and expanding the number of visas available for skilled engineers.
The other crowd has advocated more open immigration policies on humanitarian grounds or simple common sense.
Those of us who live in border communities can attest that what is truly needed is more accountability by border enforcement agencies and reducing, not expanding, an already-bloated border enforcement system.
Communities along the U.S.-Mexico border are enduring the massive intensification of border enforcement and personnel over the past decade. This increase has come with very few corresponding accountability and oversight mechanisms and has consequently led to an increase in civil and human rights violations, traumatic family separations in border communities, and racial profiling and harassment of Native Americans, Latinos, and other people of color – many of them U.S. citizens and some who have lived in the region for generations.
There has been an unprecedented increase in Border Patrol size without demonstrable positive results, but with a noticeable increase in human and civil rights violations in the border regions.
There has been a corresponding massive increase in taxpayers’ money spent at the border, including a 94% increase in Border Patrol funds in eight years. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers has cautioned that border security spending has become a “mini industrial complex.
Finally, there is the insidious crowd of control freaks who would actually rather see a return to slavery. (Understandable, considering the source)
Reform the legal system: INS, streamlining process for SKILLED WORKERS
Needs of the economy
Enhance border security
“Comprehensive Legislation Is Not The Answer”
I’m not sure whose heritage they are protecting. It’s certainly not mine, and some of my family has been here since 1630.
On one hand America boasts of being the Melting Pot, successfully integrating disparate people into a single social, economic and political whole. We brag about this ad nauseum. What we don’t brag about or teach in our schools is the flat-out bigotry each immigrant group faced when they arrived on our shores. Not taught in schools, but picked up on the street, we all know the meaning of Wop/Dago, Kike, Gook, Polack, Hunky, Nip, Spic, Frog, Shanty Irish and Scotch-Irish hillbillies. (The attacks were less vicious on the English, Scandinavian and Germans – we just made fun of them. Besides, they were lily-white too).
I find it particularly ironic that the current brouhaha is triggered primarily by immigration from Mexico.
I grew up on what was once a land grant from the Spanish Crown, taken over and passed on by various Mexican and American governments over the centuries.
One of my schoolmates came from a family that had been settled on the land since the mid-1600s.
Maybe the Mexicans just want to recover the Southwest we stole from them.
Capitalism spent 150 years playing off blacks against whites; this is just Exploitation 2.0.
Racists may grudgingly admit immigrants as long as the process is controlled enough to ‘keep those people in their place’.
I personally would like to see completely open borders, all over the world. There would indeed be problems but I am convinced that when the dust settled, we would all be better off culturally, socially, politically and economically.
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