Any suggestion that all current illegal immigrants should be deported would not be viable and would be political suicide. Also, Republicans need to present a conservative immigration reform that adheres to their principles of rule of law and economic freedom, which both benefits America long term and keep the American dream alive to those who want to constructively be a part of our society, while strengthening national security.
The Obama immigration boomerang presents a win-win for Republicans not intended by Democrats. Republicans are in a position to do the right thing to solve an immigration issue such as addressing border security first, and also reap the political benefits as the country benefits with a true immigration reform to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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Instead of first asking for new spending from Congress that would mostly just accommodate the influx at the border, President Obama should start by supporting efforts in Congress to change immigration laws to process all illegal immigrants in the same way current laws apply to illegal entrants from Mexico or Canada. This involves immediately sending back those who cross the border rather than the current law which allows entrants other than Mexicans to wait for a long hearing process where most normally just don’t show up for. It would serve as a warning and deterrence to those who carelessly send minors on a long dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S. and to the ‘coyote’ industry and drug traffickers that smuggle them.
Recently Jorge Ramon Hernandez, the senior representative of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, said at the talks with Vice President Joe Biden, “As long as U.S. immigration reform is not approved, the exodus of children to the United States will continue.” President Obama should protect the interests and integrity of U.S. immigration laws by condemning such statements and efforts of countries to promote such activity and send a warning that there will be retaliation in the form of reducing the foreign aid sent to these countries. There should be a firm message that foreign countries will not be allowed to dictate U.S. immigration laws.
The perviousness of the U.S. southern border, and the reluctance on the President’s part to secure it, is also setting a stage for a crisis bigger than the illegal entry of minors and people seeking work. It is an invitation to be a gateway for terrorists from the Middle East to use the same avenue to enter the U.S, and carry out attacks. It has been under reported, but there is a link established among Iran, Syria and Venezuela to funnel radical elements into the Americas, which I detailed in an article in 2010.
As a multiple of crises unfold in the Middle East such as the take over of parts of Iraq and Syria by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) who is determined to attack America, the Syrian civil war and continuous efforts to use children as suicide bombers, the prospects of terror arriving on American doorsteps via its backyard in the region is a real one.
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