Little Miss Atilla On Immigration
In the first post Atilla Girl lists three points,
…1) secure the border; 2) streamline the legal immigration system for those who truly want to come here and assimilate; and 3) offer some sort of guest-worker program for young people who simply want to be here temporarily to make a few dollars, and then go home.
I think all three points are quite on the mark for a number of reasons. First, securing the border makes sense from national security stand point. We don’t want the next terrorist cell that carries out a successful plan to cross over from Mexico practically on a red carpet. Second we do need more people in this country. I’ve touched on the Social Security and Medicare issues before, and the bottom line is if we aren’t going to reform those systems and we aren’t going drastically increase taxes last year, then we simply need more bodies working and paying into the system before they become so burdensome as to drive our economy right down the crapper. The final point, is also the best of both worlds. If a person comes here and works for 10 years then bails for back home, well we get his contributions to Social Security and Medicare and he gets nada. Almost as good as a smoker who kicks it at 64.
In her second post Atilla Girl develops the problem with legal immigration further.
Right now, our attitude toward immigrants—whom we need, by the way, given our system of entitlements and falling birth rates—is, “welcome to the United States. Fuck you.”
That is pretty much it. You want into the U.S. for a better life, to work hard, and raise your children to love America and Freedom? Well tough shit. Get at the back of that long line and we’ll call you in 15 years. One reason that there are so many illegal immigrants is that immigrating legally is very, very difficult. Make legal immigration easier, and make illegal immigration harder and you’ll see changes in those two flows. Legal immigrants will increase (with background checks, etc.) and illegal immigrants (are are less likely to assimilate due to their illegal status) will decrease.
Note that this isn’t merely flinging open the “doors to the country” and letting in every Tom, Dick and Ahmed with a suitcase nuke. Recall again point number 1: securing the border. Tightening up the border is fine, and combining it with easier legal immigration will mean we wont have to spend huge sums of money watching each ant crawl back and forth across the every inch of the border.