Monday, May 15, 2006

Opinion: What do you think are the most important components of U.S. immigration policy? What should be included in any immigration policy?

9 comments:

randeplemons said...

The most important components of U.S. immigration policy should be local accountability, responsibility, and efficient administration of simple yet effective guidelines. Laws should be included in our policy which are designed to 1. Help those who chose to play by the rules, and 2. Quickly deal with those who chose to circumvent the rules at the expense of others. While I realize that implementation and enforcement will be considerably more complicated than I have implied, I also believe that the unnecessary complications of our current process promotes more hinderance than help. OK, I've said some of my peace...now I'm dug in and ready to get blasted. I'm pretty good natured so give me your best shot, er, argument!!!

blue dog said...

The question should be, "what laws should we change to legalize behavior in order to succumb to politioal pressure of a growing voting bloc?" Illegal immigration is just that. Speaking as someone who has help fund immigrants through the process of legal immigration and someone who knows the great deal of time and stress involved in becoming a legal resident of the US, this policy is a slap in the face to those who have followed our laws. Since illegal immigration won't be illegal anymore, can my friends get their money back?

Frodrick said...

I have noticed that Fox news is not allowed on this Blog. Is there a reason for this?

Mr. Bretzmann said...

Everyone is encouraged to read the news from a variety of legitimate news sources. The links that are included on this blog are for convenience and are almost universally accepted as legitimate news sources. How would Fox news have reported differently on pending immigration policies?

Pam said...

Illegal immigrants come to the United States because they see opportunities that they don't have in their own countries,opportunities for education, jobs, housing, etc. Doesn't this make them some of the most productive, hardest working people in our work force and schools. They are willing to take low paying jobs that most Americans don't want and consequently live in neighborhoods that may be unsafe.Yet they feel this is better than the life they left behind. Is our government realistically going to take millions of illegal immigrants and ship them back to the coutries they came from. I don't think so. So let's try something even more drastic. Figure out how much is being spent each day in Iraq for fuel and maintainence on vehicles and planes. Take 50% of that money and use it to improve the lives of illegal immigrants already in this country. Build homes in safe neighborhoods with a park system and state of the art schools for them. But that doesn't seem fair to the poverty stricken native born US citizens. So let's take the other 50% of the money being spent and help them. Who knows, in another generation, these highly educated, hard working people could find alternative solutions to war for solving problems.

TeresaH said...

I greatly respect and believe in the opportunity given to immigrants to become legalized citizens, but I take issue with the attitude of many illegal immigrants who have recently been uncovered. Some of them have been recorded as saying they've been here so long that they should be allowed to stay free of penalties. I think the accomodating nature of US immigration policy is important, and any successful immigration policy must take steps to allow immigrants to gain all rights of citizens.

brandong said...

I believe that the most important compnent of the U.S. immigration policy is that it allows anyone to become a citizen, if they take the proper steps. If you are here just because u crossed a border and are looking for work you should never, no matter how long you have stayed in the U.S., be considered a citizen. It completely defeats the purpose of the immigration policy. Also, any immigration policy should have guidelines to show what a person must do to become a full, legal citizen.

KimK said...

I think it is important that people already in the U.S. illegally should be punished lightly and forced to either become a legal citizen or be forced to go back to the country where they came from. However, many of these people are already living in poverty and do not have much to take away from them other than their ability to remain in the U.S. I think those who have been living here for a while should be allowed to stay if they take the proper steps, seeing as they may know no other home. At least if these people become legal citizens they can pay taxes the same as everyone else, however little they may have to pay. This way they are not entirely burdening us with the schooling of their children, etc.

MikeM said...

The most important component is simply a wall. The first step is to stop the flow of illegal immigration. Only after we stop the illegals from entering can we start to deal with the ones already here.