Lamar Smith, Pro-Immigrant
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The first step toward creating a sound and enduring immigration policy entails recognition of what we refer to in this Article as the "human face of immigration." Anyone who has witnessed people attempting surreptitiously to cross the Rio Grande, visited illegal aliens detained in [INS] facilities, or interviewed those who have risked their lives in rickety vessels to reach our shores can agree on certain facts. These are not the faces of hardened criminals. While a small proportion of these individuals do wish us harm, the vast majority of those who seek to enter the United States, even by illegal means, are not our enemies. People are any nation's greatest resource, and the United States has been greatly enriched by the contributions of those who, though not born here, have pledged their lives, allegiance, and human capabilities to building this nation. Therefore the problem we face in the realm of immigration is not the people, but the policy. A policy that disregards the basic human dignity of any person, especially one whose violation of the law was motivated by the great opportunities that this country has to offer, is offensive to American ideals and utterly inconsistent with a system of ordered immigration. Lamar Smith & Edward R. Grant, Immigration Reform: Seeking the Right Reasons, 28 ST. MARY'S L. J. 883, 893 (1997).
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M. Maharazu's letter indicates that the US also should start legalizing
illegal immigrants residing in the US. I do not know if Maharazu has
an idea that the US has now about 8,000,000 illegals. Canada is as large
country as US, but it has only 100,000 illegals that will not create
any problem even if all of them are legalized. With a view to
eradicate all illegal immigrants an amnesty was granted to all
illegals in 1986, but it did not seem to be successful since illegal
immigrants are still increasing day by day. Deportation of illegals
seems to be only a way to control illegal immigration in the US.
Surely, it will discourage illegal immigration.
Your "editorial", calling for an enormous increase in immigration based on Mr. Greenspan's comments again ignores the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, and the immigration of skilled workers versus unskilled ones. Illegal immigration and "guest worker” programs are problems not because the workers are competition for American workers but because they are unfair competition. The desire for legal status or green cards keeps these workers at the mercy of their employers and subverts the free market. What is needed is revision of the green card programs to include provisions for unskilled workers, if employers will sponsor them, and elimination of "guest worker” programs which prohibit workers from changing jobs at will. Re: Mr. Moser's letter, Mr. Moser mentions the economic contributions of illegal aliens. What he ignores is that these same contributions could and would be made by citizens and legal permanent residents who are displaced from these jobs, or see their wages depressed. It was Cesar Chavez himself who recognized that a continual supply of illegal labor was the surest way to drive down and keep down (farm) wages. Furthermore, the "billions" of dollars in Social Security payments and the like are an extremely small portion of the annual expenditures made to SS recipients. Then, there's the little matter of why illegal aliens are even paying into SS - they're committing identity fraud, which is becoming a major cost to U.S. taxpayers and consumers. Were illegal aliens to be legalized, most would become part of the working poor, and eligible for welfare programs they cannot now access—driving up the costs of illegal immigration. Finally, Mr. Moser refers to "diversification”. It's a funny kind of "diversification” where Mexico and a handful of other countries provide most of the immigrants, legal and illegal. What's "diverse” about that?
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