Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Real Problem – Illegal Immigration (Part 4)

My previous three posts have been quite negative toward illegal immigration.  I believe the things I’ve said, however I’ve recently changed my perspective quite a bit on what the real problem is, and the solution.  I used to be angry that they would come here and consume, come here and commit crimes (by virtue of being here illegally they were criminals).  One of them came here, drove without a license, and hit my car with my three children.  Illegally here, illegally driving, endangering my family.  I was angry.


But, I realized at some point that it’s not entirely their fault.  This is a great country.  An incredible, wonderful country that we are blessed to live in.  Of course being in America, living in the most free, prosperous nation every, is going to be attractive.  Someone else, born somewhere else, should have the opportunity to come here, work hard, be successful and take advantage of all the opportunities freedom provides.  The problem is not that they come here.  The problem is our government.  Our government that, under the guise of compassion, makes it easier for people to come to America illegally than legally.  The government makes illegal immigration attractive.  The federal government does things like sue states that try to follow federal laws to protect its citizens.  The biggest problem is, of course, the welfare state.


My ancestors came here legally.  They immigrated from Ireland, Germany, and I have a great-grandmother who was a Cherokee.  (So I have a right to talk about this, right?  Since liberals seem to think that the Indians, who didn’t have immigration laws, are the only ones with a right to this land.)  They came through government regulated ports and applied for citizenship.  Most of them came in the late 1800’s, during the potato famine.  They came because there was land to farm.  They came here to work and provide for their children.  They did not come here and collect welfare benefits.  They did not come to this country to consume.  They purchased land, they paid taxes, they contributed.


Illegal immigrants now work for cash.  They are competitors that Americans can’t beat, because they are willing to work for less than minimum wage, while law abiding citizens want to, you know, abide by the law.  Obviously, not all American’s are above illegal activity, and not all illegal immigrants engage in illegal activity.  (Please take note of this, because I don’t want anyone falsely accusing me of making racist assumptions and blanket judgements.  Plenty of Americans break laws, plenty of illegal immigrants try to follow the laws except the ones involving immigration.  There are just disproportionate groups in each category.  And those disproportionately high groups of illegal workers are who I am talking about.)  I drive along Pulaski and Cermak and see dozens of hispanics selling fruit, flowers, ice cream, churros and balloons, and recognize that having such a job makes it easier not to file their taxes.  If they happen to be here illegally, well, that makes it even harder to file their taxes.  Not having a reportable income makes it easier to qualify for the multitude of benefits you and I are paying for.


Now, what if they could just come here legally?  What if they could come here and just take advantage of freedom, a less corrupt government, and education for their children?  That’s still an attractive offer.  They come here legally, are documented, then they can more easily get legitimate jobs or file taxes on their own if they would prefer to sell products by the road.  They wouldn’t collect government handouts, so their children wouldn’t be raised more likely to also collect benefits.  (Children of welfare recipients are seven times more likely to also be on welfare.)  I’ve thoroughly documented the negative effects of welfare programs and their unsustainability.


The government imposes ridiculous regulations on businesses.  They require employers to pay a minimum wage, which disproportionally hurts the least qualified in this country.  They have taxes on employees hired and require certain benefits be provided to employees.  Then, if conservatives want to set up employee databases, or increase fines for hiring illegals, liberals fight it or declare such measures racist and unconstitutional.  They are actively incentivizing hiring employees illegally.


The epiphany I had was that I’m not mad at illegal immigrants in America.  I’m mad that our country is a welfare state that makes coming here and consuming so attractive.  If the government didn’t give housing, medical care and food to everyone living within their borders and professing a need, using my money, I could care less that people immigrated here.  I would welcome them.  I sincerely want everyone to live in freedom, under an inspired constitution, with opportunities to grow, provide and improve.  This is a great country; I want to share it!  I don’t want to be forced to give what I have to everyone capable of entering this country.  It is so obviously unsustainable I get headaches trying to understand how liberals can support such a thing.  Recognizing that there are problems with current immigration is not racist.  It’s common sense.  Immigration should be easy enough that citizenship is preferable to living here illegally.  Welfare benefits should barely exist at all, and should not be available in such a way that encourages people to come here and qualify.  The welfare state is the problem.  Government rules and regulations that make hiring employees illegally more advantageous than hiring them legally are the problem.  The solution (surprise!) is the same solution to every problem in this country; Less government.