The Cullman Times
Democrats and Republicans are stuck in another political pileup over immigration.
The contention centers on whether to grant illegal immigrants immediate citizenships or to limit, gradually, the number of people who would be entitled to becoming legal residents of the country. But don’t think the clash is simply a byproduct of political differences. Both parties played a large role in creating an under nation of non-citizens.
While farming has long been the source of a migrant culture and a portion of the illegal flow of people into the United States, various businesses engaged in offering jobs to non-citizens as a means of getting around laws, bucking unions, and generally employing cheaper labor for the sake of much higher profits. This happened in the construction industry and just about any walk of life imaginable. The result is some 12 million or more people who have no claim to citizenship.
The complexity of the situation is that no one in Congress or the White House, for long years, wanted to halt traffic at the borders. A lot of people in this country gained financially from the exploitation of those who arrived here without citizenship. Only the dawning of the terrorist age brought concern about who enters the United States.
The simple solution is to establish a visiting workers’ program so that industries such as farming can continue production without hardship. Other industries would be certain to participate, with the stipulation that taxes are collected from each visiting worker and that the road to citizenship is simplified.
Many children were born in this land to parents who came here illegally. Those children are caught in the middle of a mindless political struggle. For the sake of those children alone, legislation that establishes a monitored, tax-paying program for visiting workers should be adopted. Waving a wand and declaring instant citizenship is not the answer.