The immigration debate is way over due, we already have an estimated 11m-12m immigrants living in the United States illegally, most of them Latino. Many have families, jobs and property, and far deeper roots in America than in their countries of origin.( 2) > The idea of "amnesty" for illegal immigrants remains toxic for many among the Republican base, I often blogged my own "speculation" as to why no one wants to "tackle" this issue . It always comes down to the notion that most Big Corporate , Big Business types have fueled that : " illegals will do no job an average white American will do." Here is also a problem , that illegals will work for low wages , and work round the clock and so on, these notions have put American citizens jobs at risk ever since .Illegals are exploited for their cheap labor giving our market capitalist system a wedge to keep the minimum wage from going up. Yes, illegals do hurt the economy. I have to agree with the Republicans that the borders have to be secured before any amnesty is given to those already here. Otherwise, the newly-lawful residents would want all the protections under the law, will refuse to work the fields or construction projects under the hot sun, ( which is a form of slavery anyway ) creating a vacuum for more illegals to pour in. Now the "path" to citizenship for these people looks to me as if it is a two edge sword , I can't for the life of me understand why any one would want to migrate to the United States hoping for a better living ONLY to expect much HARSHER economic conditions that will place these illegals in a state of perpetual poverty at (1)> American tax payer expense . It shows how ignorant of the facts most illegals are when they jump the fence at the RIO GRAND . Now you have to PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE OBAMA PLAN. Here is a run down of it, President Obama will take a somewhat historic, legacy-defining step( Over stepping Congress ) Thursday night when he announces a plan to protect 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, infuriating Republicans but satisfying immigrants who have fought for years for such relief.The president's plan will allow undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, known as green card holders, to register with the federal government and, if approved, receive a three-year protection from any deportation. The plan would also expand the pool of undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children who are eligible for protected status.None of the beneficiaries of Obama's plan would be eligible for U.S. citizenship or green cards, but they will receive work permits, Social Security numbers and have the guarantee that, unless they commit a serious criminal offense, they will not be deported.As for the opportunity for a grand bargain, Obama's efforts to push the envelope with his executive orders and his administration's selective enforcement of aspects of the Affordable Care Act have eroded Republican's trust that his administration would faithfully execute the aspects of any comprehensive reform bill that his party disfavors. Republicans fear his administration would bank the gains for the undocumented illegals immediately but then ignore or slow walk the elements which would strengthen border security and enforcement. The LAST question we should ask President Obama and Congress is this : Will the president focus on providing protection from deportation for individuals here in unlawful status or will he also help those who have applied legally for admission to the United States?
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Anyone who cannot show proof of legal residence should be forced to await their day in immigration court by returning to their own country where they are legal residents. They can come back for their court date. Illegal workers definitely should not be allowed to continue their crimes by continuing to work the illegally obtained jobs. Alleged thieves are not allowed to hang on to their loot while awaiting their day in court, illegal workers should be treated exactly the same. Alleged drug dealers do not get to hold on to their cocaine or heroin until their day in court and alleged illegal workers should not be allowed to hold onto the illegally obtained jobs until their day in court. (1)> The middle class will pay the bill for these people as they do for most everything else. When there is no more middle class, and consequently, no more America as it has been historically known, the elitist politicians and other power brokers will just hire more security and drive a little faster in their limousines past the impoverished throngs that used to belong to the greatest nation that ever existed on earth. (1) Illegal immigrants are, as a rule: poor, uneducated, unskilled, likely to qualify for welfare if they were made citizens, and supportive of a "larger government that provides more services" over the opposite by a huge margin (2)> S. 744 passed the U.S. Senate in June 2013, at nearly the same time the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 2131, the SKILLS Visa Act. Neither S. 744, H.R. 2131, nor any House immigration bill has moved to the House floor. Eric Cantor’s primary election loss has some calling for an end to immigration reform legislation for the foreseeable future. That would be a mistake. The nation’s immigration problems are unlikely to solve themselves.