Once upon a time there were greatful immigrants. They loved being in the USA and worked hard and obeyed our laws. If you read the newspapers or watch TV this must seem like a fairy tale.
One of the joys of my job is seeing this fairy tale come to life each and every day. The joy of my job is meeting the young couples building a new life together. These are the forgotten immigrants who play by the rules and make this country a special place.
We focus our discussion of illegal immigration too much on the actual alien. People who break the laws need to go back. However, the discussion needs to start with the employers of illegal aliens. The common stereotype is that illegals do the work Americans won't do. However, this is not entirely accurate as many companies will not even give HS drop outs a chance. In the employers defense this is not entirely about money. The choice between what is typically a domestic slacker and a motivated illegal glad to be here is real. However, the stories of exploitation are 100% true. I did work briefly at a company where illegals went on strike for heat. The place was a walking health code disaster with dozens of feral cats and rats all over the place. The cats stayed in two places the heated basement and the garbage area and the rats were everywhere else.
We need to throw the books at companies that knowingly hire illegal aliens. We also need to look at safety and other issues as well. We also need to look at the super rich who seem to think that their household help is above the law. Sorry Buffy but you need to pay a bit more for legal help
or choose a cheaper country club.
We also need serious legal reform to expedite cases. Countries that do not accept criminals like China, Vietnam and so forth need to have trade and aid consequences. We need to reduce the endless system of motions and appeals. Lastly, we need to eliminate asylum cases filed after the person has been in the USA for one year. In fact we need to have more scrutiny on refugee cases and asylum cases. We also need to punish lawyers and Church groups who file cookie cutter asylum cases. Bill the miscreants who file fraudulent and frivolous immigration cases for government time. The next attorney who files an adoption case from a country where adoption does not exist should be hit with a $5000 bill. If there is no attorney the petitioner will have to pay a smaller amount and be barred from ever sponsoring anyone else.
The system is not broken, but it needs a major overhaul.
Beamish in 08