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Response to National Latino News Suggestion that GOP Immigration Plank Is Anti-Family

Barbed Wire FenceOn issues, immigration policy may be the largest disagreement between myself and the mainstream of the Republican party. This article at National Latino News comes close to expressing my point of view on immigration.

I repeatedly ask Republicans why they hold their deport-all-the-illegals and their block-most-immigration positions. One of the most common answers is: “We are a nation of laws.” This article addresses that answer, somewhat. In my conversations, I ask whether the law is good or bad and I rarely get an answer until I push. The Republican anti-immigration conversationalist merely quips, “We are a nation of laws.” I wonder if blind adherence to laws simply because they are laws condemns out of hand the American Revolution. I would be interested in thoughtful persuasive comments. (Ridicule and mockery are not persuasive.)

Another of the most common answers is that the presence of all these illegals causes us to lose out in terms of lowered wages. Really? We want to kick out these people so that we can get paid more? That sounds like Democrat selfishness. Voting pocketbook over right-and-wrong is part of what got us in our current mess.  Selfish pragmatism cannot solve injustice; the strategy engenders it.

But they get welfare dollars from us, I am told. What percentage are net recipients of governement money, I ask. No one that I talk to seems to know. These amateur pundits often assert that our current system of welfare is bad and that these illegals are here just to milk the system so we have to keep them out. I doubt it. But why, I ask, is the solution to our wrong welfare policies, to create a wrong immigration policy? I get silence or stammering. Anybody want to take a crack at these questions?

And finally, these folks assert that a larger proportion of illegal immigrants than of the regular population is involved in crime and that’s why we have to keep them out. (They sometimes equate their very presence as a crime but that is a gratuitous equivocation of terms.) Maybe immigrants are more likely to be involve in crime than natives. Who cares. We deal with criminals on an individual basis, not on a group basis. We did not jail every German because of Nazi crimes. We did intern Japanese Americans because of our war with Japan during the 40’s; but most think that was wrong. Should homeschooling be outlawed if it can be shown that a larger proportion of alleged homeschoolers neglect education than do parents who let their children go to public school? No, of course not.

I have been told that a young man or woman who came over as a babe in arms ought to be deported to his “rightful” country. Really? In some cases, that would likely be effectively a death sentence. I am told that a woman who has responsibly reared law-abiding children ought to be sent away, if the other country won’t take the husband and children, well, then the family just has to be parted—that’s just how the cookie crumbles. I am told that a man who has been gainfully employed and provides for his own family needs to be deported. Would sending back such good men send a message to ne’er-do-wells? It will not.

If the current plank of the Republican Party should become national policy, a strict enforcement of our current laws and contemplated new laws would be devastating to families, individuals, and society. As “a nation of laws”, we would not care about the impact. After all, laws are laws. Wrong. That is a democratic, not a republican view of law.

My proposal:

  • Permit large numbers of immigrants (especially from economically troubled and politically oppressive countries)
  • Legitimize decent people that are already here
  • Implement the Fair Tax (under the current system, undocumented workers evade taxation, the Fair Tax will actually tax undocumented workers more heavily than the rest of us)

Please tell me that conservatives still hold to the principle of individual responsibility. I do. And please tell me that we are still interested in justice. I am.

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28th November 2011 5:50 PM - Posted by | Immigration | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. I am not a Republican and by no means can I speak for anyone but myself. But I would like to comment on this problem. Gingrich probably has it pretty well right, not totally, but nobody that I know considers deporting millions of people. What makes a lot of us angry is that some business’ use illegal and legal immigrants to keep from paying into to healthcare and prevent a lot of needy citizens from getting or keeping a job. In our area, it is Tyson’s that is the culprit, they make a habit of going to Mexico with buses and bringing back Mexicans to do their work, they do this in order to not have to provide them with insurance currently, this may change. We have seen ICE come to the local plant and people start running and hiding. We have also seen the managers get a heads up that they were coming and tell people to stay home. Does this depress the local employment market? Of course it does, it also affects many other things. There are lots of good reasons for immigration, but it should be legal, my own ancestor’s were immigrants, in the early part of the last century. If laws were enforced, many of those that are here illegally would leave, that is simple common sense, if they couldn’t get a job, what incentive would there be to stay!
    The trouble is that so many people want to make it a simple either/or situation and it isn’t, but that does stop the reasoning doesn’t it. If laws were enforced some would go home, others would stay home, and the economy would improve to where more would be needed.
    But it is always in certain peoples best interest to divide and conquer, what is sad is that so many are willing to accept that without really looking at what is being said!

    Comment by loopyloo305 | 28th November 2011 6:18 PM | Reply

  2. Good points.

    The scenario you describe is hardly defensible. I grant that such violations need to be stopped.

    Some of the solutions I hear are just plain silly. For example, as you might agree, mass-deportation of millions is utterly unworkable and the attempt would be destructive.

    “The trouble is that so many people want to make it a simple either/or situation and it isn’t”. We agree.

    Comment by Christopher Levi | 28th November 2011 11:38 PM | Reply

  3. a law-abiding, legal immigrant works at a christian missionary training facility with ywam. He is college educated, married to a ‘national’, his two kids are legal citizens, he could get work as an engineer but chooses ministry, and an immigration law almost tore apart his family… In Norway! Norwegians are upset that the law was so poorly written that it is destroying families. Christians need to think Biblically about issues and stop being swayed by non-christian conservatives on the radio …. Or being ‘hannitized’ instead of being ‘sanctified.’ When we lose compassion for our fellow man – – and our Christian brothers and sisters from another country – we are failing in our duty to God. Criminals should be deported, but not otherwise law abiding citizens. Also: we need many immigrants paying into our social welfare programs to replace those of generation x who were aborted… The numbers show that if the boomers would have had one more child per family, then we would have a more solvent system.

    Comment by skippy | 29th November 2011 6:14 AM | Reply

  4. Wonderful perspective on a difficult issue, Christopher.
    I am adding Right On Life to my blogroll.

    Comment by Alan Sexton | 30th November 2011 2:03 AM | Reply

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  7. Yeah, uuntrofnately our “Fed” tends to take an opposite view. It hurts us in the long run, here in the U.S. I agree with you. Good to hear from you Market Speculator!

    Comment by Aguss | 5th February 2012 9:59 PM | Reply


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