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A Losing Immigration Strategy

Cleombrotus2011 Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 6:45 AM
It isn't the enforcement that induces them to come, Steve, it's a combination of the unearned benefits and the miserable conditions in the states they come from. You are correct though that that horse is already out of the barn and we're never getting him back in. The question is: will they leave this place at least as good as they found it or will they reduce it to the conditions they fled? Some ARE hardworking, that's true. However, our over generous and misguided welfare policies are an enducement to a mentality that is the opposite of what is needed to grow the culture and the economy. My prediction? Net loss rather than net gain.
Kurt114 Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 9:23 AM
Exactly. I have come to believe that Hispanics voted 70/30 for Obama for the same reasons that Blacks voted 94/6 for Obama. They are voting for the party of redistribution. The low wages that illegals earn are supplemented by taxpayer funded benefits. A country with generous social services cannot be an open border nation and expect to survive.

I lived in a border state and watched the transition as we became majority Hispanic. Lower academic performance, higher crime rates, higher rates of illegitimate birth, higher taxes, an overburdened county hospital, and a rise in Mexico first mentality. I am all for immigration, so long as the policies implemented provide a net positive to the country. Neither party will do this.
Everyone in Washington is showing new interest in immigration reform. President Barack Obama needs to do something to cement the loyalty of Hispanics, who did so much to re-elect him. Republicans seem to grasp that they had better soften their hard line unless they want to forfeit any hope with Latinos and Asian-Americans.

Both sides also agree that a balanced, two-part approach is in order: stricter enforcement and improved border security on one hand and a pathway to legalization on the other. It's an excellent plan -- except for that first part.

To say we need more enforcement to seal the border is...