Friday, February 1, 2013

Immigration Insanity

Recently, it has been said that our nation’s immigration system is “broken,” and that it needs “reform and a “permanent fix.” No it doesn’t! We have a wonderfully generous immigration policy, which allows more than two million immigrants to come here every year — legally.

In fact, the average since 1940 is 2.1 million legal immigrants per year (according to Numbers USA). That’s more than all other nations of the world combined.

Criticism of the system, that “it takes too long to process immigration papers,” is bogus. The reason it takes a long time is not due to government inefficiency or bad policy but the fact that millions of honorable foreigners are ahead of them in line, waiting patiently to legally come here.

That’s the way the system should work. And it is precisely those people we want to come: the ones who honor, obey, and sustain the law. We don’t want the ones who flaunt the rule of law and disregard proper procedure to try and cut ahead of other foreigners who are doing it correctly. If some of those folks are already here illegally, they must return home and wait their turn. That is compassionate and right.

There is no need for immigration policy reform other than to enforce the rules we already have in place. It is fair, balanced, proper, and treats everyone humanely and equally.

Deported people broke the law, and we should continue deporting them until they get the message, “In America, we are honorable citizens and we obey the law.” All are welcome here if they can accept that premise. There can be no other way.

Captain Jim Green
Heber City, Utah

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