John Hawkins

Mexico is a Bad Actor. Mexico's behavior in recent years has been far from neighborly. Not only do they refuse to secure their side of the border, they actually encourage their own citizens to come to the United States illegally. They've even gone so far as to make comic books that explain to their citizens how to get into the United States illegally. Worse yet, they've openly said they want their former citizens to "influence the foreign policy of the United States towards Mexico." Encouraging dual loyalties in America is simply unacceptable.

Additionally, most Americans have forgotten the Mexican-American war. However, the same can't be said of Mexico. According to a 2002 Zogby poll, 58% of Mexicans said that the, " territory of the United States' southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico." That sentiment is being spread in the United States as well. Not only are we seeing it on protest signs at the Left's pro-illegal immigration rallies, but liberal Hispanic groups like MEChA are being allowed to teach this potentially dangerous nonsense in schools.

It may be easier to turn a blind eye to this problem than to deal with it, but history is replete with examples of situations like this that have led to violence, terrorism, and even open warfare. Just because we're not there yet doesn't mean it won't ever happen. We should take steps to ensure that it doesn't ever get to that point.

How Do We Tell The Radical Muslims From the Moderate Muslims? Granted, the overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants are patriotic, loyal, and good citizens of the United States. But, given that we're in a war against radical Islamists who want to kill as many Americans as possible, shouldn't that prompt some sort of discussion about our immigration policies with regards to Muslims? What about the fact that Muslim immigration has been EXTREMELY problematic for countries like Britain and France? Shouldn't that cause us to ask some hard questions?

Maybe we could even ask some simple questions like: Do you support Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Sharia, murdering Jews, or stoning people for being gay? If the answer to any of those questions is "yes," then we declare them to be radical Muslims and refuse to allow them to become American citizens. Granted, that's probably not the best way to screen people, but even that meager measure would be more effective than the non-system we have now by default.

Our Immigration Policy Should Focus on Bringing in the Best and Brightest. Being allowed to become an American citizen is a great and tremendous privilege, not a right. Moreover, we don't allow immigration to be nice or to "share the wealth." We allow immigration to our country because it benefits the people who are already American citizens -- and it does. Overall, immigration is a plus for our country. However, our immigration system is broken through and through. We don't fully enforce the laws on the books against illegal immigration and we create reams of paperwork, exorbitant expenses, and ridiculous wait times for the people who want to come here legally.

Furthermore, we also do an incredibly poor job of screening new immigrants. The United States is the shining city on a hill that people all across the rest of the world want to live in. Since that's the case and since we live in a country where 47% of the people aren't even paying income tax, what's wrong with making sure we get the best and the brightest as immigrants? Sure, we can still bring in the husbands, wives, and underage children of immigrants. We can also allow a few people in on humanitarian grounds. But, why not make sure that almost all therest are

PhD's, rocket scientists, nuclear physicists and other high-end professionals that will add to the tax base? That's not an insult to anyone who has already been adopted into our family by becoming a naturalized citizen; it's just an acknowledgment that our current immigration policies aren't serving the country as well as they could be.

John Hawkins

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