johnnycee Wrote: It's way to simplistic to say someone is pro amnesty or anti-amnesty, most of the GOP proposals that I have read always contained an increased border security clause in any Immigration Reform package, without that they won't support any reform, that does not mean that they are pro amnesty nor does it mean that they anti-amnesty, it shows a level headed approach to a very complex issue. How is saying "it's my way or the highway" level headed? The Republicans have blocked immigration reform at every single opportunity and keep changing their excuses as to why they haven't acted. The Senate acted on a bipartisan approach that basically militarized our southern border more than it already is by dramatically increasing your beloved border security, and also did something to bring millions of individuals out of the shadows. The House keeps saying they won't do anything because they don't trust our President. How in the world can we ever get anything done if that is always their excuse? And how in the world can you justify that and say they are acting in a level headed way?
To say that we need to spend more money on border security shows that you have no grasp of the current realities and stick to outdated talking points the right spews out on a consistent basis. We have a net immigration from Mexico of ZERO. It has been that way since 2012 and we are actually beginning to see a new phenomena of reverse immigration because our country has so many xenophobic people that are scared of people who don't look like them.
What's funny is that every single locality who institutes some strict anti-immigration law is seeing their prices sky rocket on a host of things because farmers can't find people to work their fields, restaurants can't find people to wash their dishes, hotels can't find people to clean their rooms, and a host of other businesses that rely heavily on immigrant labor can't find people to do the jobs that a typical American doesn't want to do. Don't believe me? Ask Alabama how their failed attempt at instituting a strict anti immigrant law went last year.
Why don't I ever hear Republicans talk about militarizing our northern border? It's three times as long and we have plenty of people sneaking into America each and every day from it. I believe that no one talks about our northern border because we don't mind Canadians coming into America, but those pesky Latino's are just stealing all of our jobs here and we need to do something about it.
I'm in Alabama, you're in Oregon. We both live in the United States, but you and I have a very different take on the illegal immigrant situation. The flood of illegal immigrants at our unchecked borders now and in the recent past is a threat to the prosperity of my state. I think this is true for the entire United States.
My state's leaders are actively trying their best, in spite of the federal government, to put Alabamian Americans
back to work in this abysmal economy. They are doing everything they can to attract/promote industries and more job opportunities in Alabama. Because of the federal government's overreach and the detrimental policies of this federal administration, it is an uphill battle!
I look around and see people/families who have lost or are losing their jobs and homes. Many responsible people are working 2 or more jobs, whatever and wherever they can get them, just to stay afloat. Others are just giving up trying to find work, taking easily-gotten government handouts (due to our federal administration's corrupt and broken policies), which places even more burden on the working taxpayers. Unfortunately, we also have our share of citizens who have become welfare-dependent. And we have more people trying to supplement their incomes through illegal activities.
The illegals immigrants who are here and working are being paid low wages, usually in cash, paying no taxes. They are taking advantage of the government entitlement programs, such as Medicaid, EBT,and WIC, to which they have not contributed in taxes. The illegal immigrant children are enrolled in our educational systems funded by taxpayers. Some are involved in illegal activities like selling illegal drugs, theft, burglary, and murder, thus involving judicial and law enforcement systems that are taxpayer-funded. (We do still have sales taxes, so we do get some revenue that way.)
The added burdens caused by the lack of jobs, fraud/abuse of entitlement programs, and increased crime, is crushing American taxpayers. Our federal administration's policies are not stimulating the growth of job opportunities for any of us, legal or illegal
. We have 20 million Americans taxpayers out of work.
Until we close and secure the borders, all of these problems will only worsen, especially under our current federal administration. Not enforcing our laws regarding the borders creates chaos, as we are seeing right now in our southern border states. It won't be long before this chaos extends to Alabama and Oregon, as well as the rest of the U.S.