Immigration and border security seem destined to be the “hot buttons” of this year’s mid-term elections.
Not only has Congress failed to solve the “Dreamers” issues, for illegal immigrants brought to this country by their parents when they were children, but it has not debated or moved on any comprehensive immigration legislation.
“Can’t We All Just Get Along?”
Republicans are scrambling to do something positive before the November elections on this subject, while they still are the majority in the two houses of Congress. Democrats seem determined to obstruct any plan and proposal of President Donald J. Trump or his legislative cohorts.
While the president’s Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are trying to more strictly enforce existing immigration laws, they are facing mounting opposition from both inside and outside the Republican Party. Attorney General Sessions’ “zero tolerance” policies are especially explosive as they relate to separating illegal immigrant children from their parents when they are caught and await deportation or asylum hearings.
This core problem is viewed differently by “we’re a nation of laws” conservatives, and the “don’t be hateful and heartless” progressives. The former want secure border control before talking about back taxes, avenues of assimilation, or any kind of “pathway” toward a legal residence or even citizenship.
The latter want amnesty for those “undocumented” aliens already here, along with a “welcome wagon” full of entitlements waiting in “sanctuary cities” for illegals who manage to get across our porous borders or flagrantly overstay their visas or work permits. Those who don’t agree with this liberal viewpoint are often shouted down and labeled racists, Nazis—or worse.
Without question, there needs to be an honest and thoughtful debate on who should be permanently allowed to immigrate into our country and under what conditions. Unfortunately, both Democrats and Republicans tend Continue reading