2007-12-07 / On Second Thought

A solution for illegal immigration

Illegal immigration has become one of the most bitterly contentious subjects discussed in our nation. Proposed solutions to this problem abound.

Too many partisan politicians pontificate about offering solutions such as taking drastic measures to secure the nation's borders from coast to coast by erecting an impenetrable fence (an appropriate euphemism might be iron curtain); and installing continuously monitored surveillance equipment; and drastically increasing the numbers and vigilance of border patrols. Some suggest stationing armed military troops to seal the entire length of the border. Many figure if they just ignore or obfuscate the problem long enough, it will evaporate or disappear.

The country's border can never be secured totally so long as there are individuals from outside the country who will resort to radical measures to gain access to the country. Regardless of how altruistic some of these individuals may be, every illegal immigrant contributes to a flagrant and shameless attitude that he/she is not subject to the established laws, which the nation's citizens are expected to obey.

A second concern is expressed by those who insist the nation's economy would suffer irreparable harm without the ready influx and availability of workers who are willing to do menial jobs at low wages, which, they claim, citizens won't do. This has, according to various sources, resulted in 12 million to as many as 20 million workers who have no legal basis for being in the country and who cost the taxpayers money.

A single source for credible information on the amount of federal government financial assistance these people cost the taxpayers, variously estimated to be a minimum of $338+ billion per year, is difficult to find. A plausible primary advantage of the millions of workers mentioned just could be those who hire them are able to save the cost they otherwise would have to bear by meeting society's expectations and the government's requirements for laborers, thereby increasing their own profit margin.

The founding principle of the government of the U.S. assures every individual the freedom to choose how to live within the confines of the laws of the land. The Constitution guarantees equality for every individual only to the extent his/her decisions relate to choices of how much effort, energy, and time to exert providing for his/her own needs. Not every individual is motivated or equipped by circumstances and experiences to earn more than the means to live, what is to many of the rest of the world's people, the "lavish American lifestyle."

There is no constitutional guarantee anyone is entitled to unearned sustenance, much less affluence. Able- bodied individuals have only two choices when considering securing the means to live:

(1) They can live on what they are able to earn, or

(2) They can depend on others to provide for their needs.

A society where those who work to earn the means for their livelihood are required to provide for those who expect others to provide for their needs is neither a republic nor a democracy. That is socialism, something no true U.S. citizen desires.

The compassion of faith- based communities is demonstrated voluntarily and freely. It should never be mandated by government secularists with their insistence on the absolute negation of anything even remotely resembling religious.

In the U.S., compassion in government must never be allowed to result in even a semblance of socialism. The government acquires from taxpayers the largess, which is doled out to the illegal immigrants through the political system. Too often, unfortunately, it is this largess that serves as the primary incentive to those who enter the country illegally.

Accepting as fact the will of the people may never coalesce sufficiently to find a rational solution to the problem, the following suggestion is offered for consideration to assure compliance with current law and to address and eliminate the illegal immigration problem:

In advance, initiate action, which will eradicate the root cause of the problem by passing a meticulously crafted amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which contains three provisions:

(1) An explicitly unequivocal definition of, and a meticulously and precisely worded enforceable legal process for qualifying an individual to be identified as "a citizen of the United States of America."

(2) An absolute, complete, and comprehensive denial of all U.S. government benefits, resources, services, and entitlements to any individual, or the dependent child of any individual, who has not met the legally defined characteristics of "a citizen of the United States of America," and

(3) A secure, reliable, and infallible system to recognize and identify every approved and legally documented visitor to the country, with an uncompromisingly strict interpretation and rigid enforcement of conditions of both admission and precise length of time, as well as the individuals' exact location and movements within the country, for the duration of his/her approved stay.

Ben J. Connell

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