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A Losing Immigration Strategy

John C6 Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 8:09 PM
80% of the Agriculture Dept. funding is for food stamps. How is that a handout to farmers? The farmers work, produce food, and sell it. That's earning money. It's the food stamp recipients getting the handout. Many food stamp recipients are people who are in dire need: the sick, the elderly, and children. Unfortunately, many are able bodied adults who prefer a handout. Why don't able-bodied welfare recipients work hard and become productive citizens, like the farmers?
aalexander306 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 2:05 PM
Farmers get direct subsidies. They also get indirect subsidies such as illegal immigration. Moreover, if they really need unskilled labor, the H2-A program lets them bring in an UNLIMITED number of seasonal agricultural guest workers, but I guess it's even cheaper to use illegal aliens and stick the taxpayer with the tab.
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...