Due to events in Arizona whether we like it or not immigration reform has been pushed into the political forefront, in all candor I think it would have been better off for all parties concerned if this issue could have been delayed till after the mid-terms. As the tragic oil spill in the Gulf reminds us we often don’t get to pick and choose when it comes to matters like these. In all candor this is not an issue that stirs a lot of passion in me, I live in a neighborhood in NYC where whites make up 14% of the population, seeing people who don’t look like me is part of my world. Also as a New Yorker I understand and appreciate how an ever changing immigrant population keeps the city in a state of constant renewal and goes a long way in making New York what it is.
If it were up to me I’d say open the border and let whoever wants to come in come in, assuming of course they can pass a background/security background check, give them a work permit, and let them become part of the system. Alas many people, perhaps most don’t think like me and this being a democracy compromises will have to be made. Most of what I read coming out of Washington about the upcoming bill working it’s way around the senate strikes me as fairly reasonable however I don’t understand the “punitive” aspects of the bill. If my information is correct people who are currently undocumented would have to wait a staggering 12 years to be eligible to become citizens. For the life of me I don’t know what purpose making people wait even longer than normal serves, other than being punitive. The other aspects that strikes me as grossly unfair is making people pay a fine for being here illegally, like being an immigrant isn’t hard enough!
And finally, how do we control the border? I don’t want to engage in a debate as to whether or not we should be controlling the border at all. The truth of the matter is a fully open border would never get through the political process and all sovereign nations have the right to control their own border.
So folks, what do you think should be done?