Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Solution to the Illegal Immigration Debate

I don't know why Republicans are acting so gutless on illegal immigration. Maybe it's shades of California Gov. Pete Wilson's support for Prop. 187 (passed overwhemingly by California voters, by the way) which denied state services to illegal aliens. Since that time, Republicans have lost control of the state government because the issue was highly demogogued by the left at the time.

But times have changed since the early 1990's. There are millions more illegal immigrants here since that time. And Americans have grown increasingly more restless since then, too. If the Republicans want to get control (and an upperhand over the Democrats) on this issue, is here is what should be done:

1) Stop talking about a "comprehensive solution." That phrase sounds like "comprehensive amnesty" to most of us. Start talking about "border security" because that's really what we're talking about here.

2) Focus on border control and border enforcement. Promote the portions of the Senate/House bills that stress enforcing immigration laws. Let's start with the laws that are already on the books. I also LIKE the border fence idea. Increasing border patrol agents and technology to stop the illegal flow of immigrants is another great idea. These things alone would greatly reduce the flow of illegals into this country.

3) Put the "comprehensive" part of the solution on hold. Trafficking in illegal immigration is ILLEGAL. That should include wittingly (or unwittingly) hiring illegals to work for you. But the "how" of handling the illegals who are already in this country should be postponed. It is far more important to "stop the bleeding" at the border now. As Lou Dobbs says, "You cannot have immigration reform without immigration control."

What are your thoughts? Do you have any suggestions for how we can win this debate?
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