A Modest Proposal for Immigration Reform
The old immigration conundrum is at the top of the news again for the umpitty-ump time for the last -- what is it -- fifty, one hundred years. For those of us who live in California the drumbeat is, shall we say, incessant.
But almost everyone knows the truth of the matter. It's about power, i.e., votes. The Democrats want 'em and the Republicans want to keep things under control so they don't get voted out of office by the onslaught. The actual condition of immigrants, legal or otherwise, is the least of it.
Also worth noting is that Latinos are looking for special treatment that the vast majority of our ancestors, unless they were Daughters of the American Revolution or the equivalent, never had. Most of our forebears stood in line and waited their turn, sometimes for quite long periods while facing brutal oppression in their home countries.
Latinos justify this preferential treatment by saying much of our country was stolen from Mexico in the first place. There's some truth to that, but almost all countries were stolen from somebody sometime. Also, they point out that our country often looked the other way while we were flooded with convenient cheap labor from the South. Undoubtedly, we have some culpability, but unless we want to be dealing with this problem for another hundred years, we have to reach some conclusions. Our country lives by the rule of law -- at least we should. Immigration policy has been a farce.
So here's my simple -- call it simple-minded, if you want -- solution, my modest proposal. Illegal immigrants, assuming they have lived here for a decent period of time and have not committed a felony, can have amnesty, but they can NEVER be allowed to vote. They can do anything else that is legal, but if they want to vote -- or run for office or practice law in our country, as just happened in California -- they must return home and go through the normal immigrant application process, however long that may take until they have citizenship.