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.


About whyimconservative

I'm a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom with a Biochemistry degree living in Austin. I love my kids, my husband and my country. I want to explain why I'm conservative.

Posted on October 10, 2011, in Illegal Immigration and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I always like reading your blog, I thought I would tell you thought that the great potato famine was not the late 1800’s it was the mid 1800’s I think around 1845 to like 1855. If you’re curious what it was like back then look up a TV show called “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the episode is “Rosie O’Donnell” it is a cool show my family is from Ireland also.

    As for Immigration you make some good points, the problem I have is I like to see people follow the law if something is wrong with the law fight and change it. I’m not sure if you have follow the Arizona confrontation, But they are hard core about keeping illegal’s out and from talking to relatives there I heard if you’re a border police then it is a very dangers job. The closer you get to the border the more homes you see with bars on their windows. You should look up Sheriff Joe the stuff he does I find amazing. Another problem I see is Obama administration they don’t want to enforce the law they want to ignore the law as far as immigration goes anyways. He has been using executive order’s and changing the laws so Sheriff Joe cannot remove illegal’s ting his hands so to speak.

    If you ask me there is a simple way to make it so illegal’s stop coming. Right now everyone says secure the border but once you’re a couple hundred miles from the border threes no one to send you back. My solution is to give companies that hire illegal’s big fines and actively check companies. if you can’t find work to make a living you won’t come here.

    But with your post I might change some of my views, I still say it needs to be done legal so they need to work on changing the law not ignoring the law.

    • Thank you; I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy my blog. I agree; they should be following the law. The laws should be such that being here legally is more attractive than being here illegally. I definitely feel for the people of Arizona; it horrifies me that a man who would use the federal government to sue states for enforcing federal laws is considered by many liberals to be the ‘great unifier’.
      I don’t support any living here illegally. The catch-22 is that I can’t in good conscious support amnesty, either, because our country is already bankrupt and can not deal with simply taking on another 6~10M welfare recipients. So, although I support their right to be here (I think they should have the same opportunities we have), there needs to be major overhaul among the social programs before it is feasible to open up the country any more. I’ve just shifted my perspective from blaming the illegals to blaming the Progressive government.

  2. I think the illegal aliens already are receiving a lot of the welfare benefits, You might want to fact check me but I was under the impression that illegal’s that have children that are born in America are legal residence as such they are able to qualify for food stamps and I bet many other programs.

    Here is another interesting story that came up a couple years ago. I had a co-worker that bought a home and the previous owners apparently housed a large amount of illegal aliens. So when the Census recorders can around they asked him who lived at the house and he named him his wife and kids, and they asked him 50 different ways who else might live there. I guess the conversation went on for about 10 minutes with them trying to get names from him. I assume the state receives more cash if they can put down more people. I found it interesting that they knew illegal’s lived there at one point and just turned a blind eye.

    My guess is that changing the laws to allow people to immigrate easier is extremely hard to get passed. A lot of government leaders do not feel they have the support to change the law so they resort to ignoring the law. If they had the votes to change it they would. It appears we have some Government officials doing what they think is right, and not what the people want. To me that means they should not be serving since they are not serving the wishes of the majority of the people.

    I personally think they should allow good upstanding people to immigrate with out to much difficulty. As far as what to do with the ones we have here? i don’t know.

  3. Illegal aliens (according to the GAO) receive 3 percent of the AFDC and 2 percent of the food stamp national expenditures for their citizen children (anchor babies).

  4. I’ll also add that the entire illegal immigration issue as is currently parsed, is inherently racist. They just worry about the brown people coming from the south and not the white people crossing the northern border, or coming from Europe and overstaying their visas.

    • the_wildlifer, If you honestly believe this is about race your just plain wrong, stop trying to turn that issue into something it is not. I would explain in detail how i believe your wrong but pulling the racist card has big red flags of someone that would not hear what i type. Because there mind is so made up that its pointless.

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