I saw a post on Facebook from Right Wing News posted on 3/10/2018. Asking Who agrees? It got me thinking. What are these programs and how are they being implemented. I hope to stir your thoughts and spark conversations beyond talking points and namecalling. So here is the list:
No Chain Migration
No Immigration Lottery
No Anchor Babies
No Sanctuary Funding
Enforce our laws
Mandatory Voter ID
Build the Wall
Some people may think these are great ideas. I am a Republican with Libertarian-leaning; who believes in God, Country, and self-determination. Boil that down to say The government should stay out of everyone's business except to protect the country and provide postal service. Like Good fences make for good neighbors a strong border makes for a strong country.
What was DACA?
My understanding was a program for those who were brought to this country by their parent when they were very young. It protected them from deportation, so they could apply for residency. Many did apply for legal residency and are now either green card holders or Naturalized citizens. Most did nothing thinking they would be allowed to stay indefinitely. I have no idea if it was a good program or not. Time will tell.
It was a time sensitive program. Now the program is ended. We can liken it to an offer from a company saying this offer expires on a particular date. After that date the offer is void. President Trump did not renew the program when it ended. He dropped the whole matter back where it belongs with the Congress and Senate. It is up to these people to fix the problem.
No Chain Migration:
This is a sensitive subject. If a person in the US marries a person in another country and wants to bring that person to this country and they have children then the children should most definitely be allowed in. In many cultures grandparents often provide daycare for the children while the parents work. A case in point is in Ukraine where the cost of living is low but so are the salaries. Both the Mother and father have to work full time and sometimes more so the grandparents take care of the children. I believe we should allow these people in as part of the migration. Brothers, Sister, Cousins and other extended family members should be looked at on a case by case basis.
Immigration Lottery is also a very complicated subject.
If a person is going through the proper steps and has been vetted as well as possible than having a lottery to allow that person into the country is possibly a beneficial program for the US. If as it is now anyone whose number dropped out of the bingo ball cage gets to come here is in my opinion, not a good idea.
Let's face a simple inconvenient fact; if you are not from an indigenous tribe, your family was at one point immigrants. We are a nation of immigrants. We came here and built the greatest country in the world. We did it by working together.
No Anchor Babies:
This is touchy by law anyone born inside the boundaries of the US Puerto Rico, Hawaii or Alaska are citizens. They have a US Birth Certificate they are US citizens. If one of the parents is a US citizen then the child has the option at age of majority to elect to remain a US citizen or the citizenship of the nation Citizen parent. A friend of my late wife’s his step father wasborn in Spain but his mother was a US citizen. He migrated here and choose to be a US citizen. This is the original use of citizenship by birth. To prevent Anchor babies the US would have to change a law that has been on the books since the very beginning of the country.
No Sanctuary Funding:
Again this is a complicated issue. To deny federal funding to a state or city that is used for law enforcement is dangerous to the citizens living in those states and cities. Many cities depend on State and Federal funding for police and fire protection. These funds also apply to social services and other necessary services for the citizenry. Cutting off funding due to the State or City legislatures and administration implementing a program that the Fed does like seems like something we should think long and hard on to see the possible downside.
Enforce Our Laws:
This is simple Yes enforce all of the laws on the books. Maybe even get rid of a few. This subject is way too complicated to take on in a short article. I believe everyone can think of a law on the books that is outdated and needs to be repealed and removed. If there is a law that any citizen thinks should be removed then that person needs to contact the legislature responsible for the law and make a case to remove it from the books.
Mandatory Voter ID:
I agree with this. I have to show a Government issues Photo ID to get on a plane everyone should have to show a similar ID to Vote. Voting is a right and responsibility of Citizenship.
Build the Wall:
This is a nonstarter talking point.The Mexican Drug Cartels have climate controlled tunnels under the border with everything short of a Starbucks at the midpoint. former Minnesota Governor Jessie Ventura said in an interview. “If you build a 30’ wall I’ll find someone with a 31’ ladder.”
The Cartels have tunnels all along the border; when one is found they have another one further away. I believe the wall may be more symbolic than utilitarian. The Cartels have no shortage of money or labor to build a tunnel.
All of these issues are important as they affect many people here and abroad. What I believe we need is an open-minded discussion on all of them. All sides should be heard as there are many degrees of opinions on all of the subjects. I think the answers should be elegant and non-complicated. A mixture of Low, medium, and high tech with the human element throughout the whole system.