Immigration must be solved

By Jan Dolcater | Dec 06, 2018

Although this problem seems far away from Maine, it is essential that all of us pay sincere attention to it. For over the past two decades, this problem has been discussed by both political parties without a reasonable resolution. Both parties are to blame for not solving this situation; however, it is a must for a positive solution to take place without any more delay. The public is tired of the rhetoric and wants sensible plans to resolve this issue.

There is no question that if a country does not control its borders, within a relatively short period of times it ceases to be a country, but instead becomes a state of chaos. It is important for all elements of society to put aside the short-sighted publicity that these are just people fleeing from repression who need to claim asylum. A report that I heard today stated that approximately one third of the immigrants in Tijuana are suffering from a list of diseases that include tuberculosis, chicken pox and hepatitis. In addition, approximately 500 of this group have criminal records. Do you not think it reasonable to have an orderly process to assimilate applicants for admission with proper review? Do you think we should have more caravans and open borders? I certainly hope not.

The left-wing press harps on the idea that this is a large group of families and children, when in fact the vast majority are young adult men. It is unrealistic for our country to bring in large numbers of mostly uneducated individuals when many will end up on welfare. Our counterparts, the Democrats, are in fact looking for a new number of uneducated dependent classes that become voting robots for them to control.

It is true we need immigrants, but we need to bring individuals who can help to fill gaps in our high-tech workforce, who can contribute and not be dependent. It should be remembered that it is truly an unfair practice to bring in more and more low-potential individuals and take away jobs from our own people who have only limited skills.

Estimates vary regarding the number of illegal immigrants from 11,250,000 to 20,000,000. The states of California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and New Jersey are the most populous, with 58 percent of all illegal immigrants. Other states, particularly border states, need definitive resolution to this situation also

Establishing a successful agreement must contain acceptance of the approximately 800,000 "Dreamers" who came to our country as children, and very likely their parents. It must also bring an end to chain migration and sanctuary cities and counties. However, the major point that needs to be solved is the building of the wall and other elements of border security.

A wall around the country of Israel certainly is effective, and one would be for us as well. A congressional agreement must be put in place, as well, that prevents the current lax situation of application. All of this is achievable and needs bipartisan cooperation and not just prolonged, meaningless conversation. The time for action on this is now.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Dec 07, 2018 18:48

Enough of the racist rhetoric the media allows to be perpetrated in our news papers, TV, Internet, etc. I am surprised and dismayed that The Village Soup allows columns, such as Dolcater's, to be published.

This is the season - and all year long - to remember Emma Lazarus's words on America's Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Dec 07, 2018 11:39

"A report that I heard today?"  Really, Jan?   No, source?  No accredited media to account for this dreadful assessment?  Or is this just more unverified fear mongering from the hysterical right?  You people never change.  I must admit I'm a little disappointed at how little originality you show here.  Just repeating Fox News nonsense -as in "dreadful diseases"- should be beneath you but then the recent "Blue Wave" has probably taken the wind out of your sails.  Just wait for the next election when all trump's lies come home to roost.

"Vast majority are young adult men."  Can you prove that statement, Jan?  Or have you been reading your president's bombastic tweets.  He doesn't cite any sources either, besides "people are saying."  That may ring true to you but most reasonable people need something more substantive.  Misinformation may be the stock and trade of what American conservatism has sunk to but real evidence is what most rational people base their decisions on.  You should try it some time.

As far as "both parties are at fault"... well, no."

"Here's why we don't have immigration Reform:

1. In 2013 Democrats passed a bi-partisan immigration reform bill in the Senate.

2.  House Republicans refused to allow the bill to even be debated.

3. Obama asked Republicans to come up with their own immigration bill.

4.  They refused.

5.  Then they demanded Obama do something about illegal immigration.

6.  So Obama used his executive authority to enact some immigration reforms.

7.  Republicans were outraged and called Obama a tyrant for doing exactly what they asked."

And of course you've resorted to that old lie of how "many will end up on welfare."  That's another old fall back for the fear mongering right,  along with how many of them are "criminals" or how they will take jobs from Americans, though few Americans have decided to fill the crop picking slots that go to fewer and fewer immigrants.  I realize that you're only pushing a myth that lines up with all the ugly myths conservatives push to frighten Americans but the truth is more complex:

"We are a country that has an above-ground system of immigration and an underground system. Our government (under both parties) has always been aware that US companies recruit workers in the poorest parts of Mexico for cheap labor, and ICE (and its predecessor INS) has looked the other way because this underground economy benefits our country to the tune of billions of dollars annually. Thus, even though the majority of people crossing the border now are asylum-seekers, those who are economic migrants (migrant workers) likely have been recruited here to do jobs Americans will not do.…/Donald-Trumps-wall-ign…/2621477498203/

Indeed, even trump himself takes advantage of immigrants when it suits his purposes.

"While President Donald Trump rails at American companies that hire foreign workers, he’s not following his own advice. Of 144 openings at three of his properties, including Mar-a-Lago, only a single one went to an American, according to Department of Labor records. The rest went to seasonal foreign workers in the U.S. on special visas requested by the Trump Organization, reports Vox."

Since 2010 Mar-a-Lago alone has obtained a total of 500 H-2B visas for seasonal workers, many of them from Haiti and Romania, sources have told The New Yorker."

I guess you'd call that "smart business."  Any excuse will do, right?  Of course Republicans know how to profit from anything, especially a tragedy.  I guess illegal immigration pays if you're in the power clique.

"Bethany Christian Services, an adoption center with financial ties to Betsy DeVos, has taken 81 immigrant children who were forcibly separated from their parents at the border.  Most have had no contact with their families.  They're charging $700 per child, per night.  This isn't foster care, this is state-sponsored kidnapping."

And, "building of the wall?"  Why, Jan.  Have you finally realized that Mexico isn't going to build any such thing?  That trump lied?  And that only fools believed him, or actually believe that a wall would have any effect at all?  Just ask the Chinese how effective walls are, or the emperor Hadrian, or Odda of Mercia, or the former Soviets for that fact.  Walls are merely obstacles, and obstacles are overcome.  Even Israel's wall isn't the solution you think it is but then it's only to keep an oppressed population in place while the wall's builders steal their country out from under them.

Let's face it, Jan.  If we really want to do something about hordes of desperate people coming to this country then we have to do something about the horrific conditions in their own countries that they are fleeing from, many of which are the result of our abandonment or of our interfering in these countries to benefit our own corporations.  If we'd kept our noses out of their affairs they might have developed normally and created systems of law and social justice that could have addressed their problems.  But we didn't.  We destroyed any popularly elected government in central America that threatened the profits of American corporations. We tore down democratic institutions and left violence, brutality, and chaos instead.  Now we are reaping the rewards of a century of undermining the very values we claim to uphold.  

“By 1950 (United Fruit) reported an annual profit of $65 million, a figure that represented twice the total revenue of the Guatemalan government.  No one important in the Guatemalan government existed without the approval of United Fruit.  As such the country was traditionally run by anti-communist dictators, plucked out of the military, who liked to use their police powers to suppress any domestic social unrest.

"Tensions between the United States and Guatemala had been on the rise since the late forties, when a harsh and brutal dictatorship under Jorge Ubico Castaneda had been overthrown and the Guatemalan government had begun to experiment with democracy."

“The CIA coup began on June 18 and was acted out by a ragtag army that seemed ill prepared to conquer.  In fact, the liberator, Castillo Armas, moved a few miles across the border from Honduras and then did not budge.  One of the CIA’s main responsibilities was to keep American journalists out of the area lest they find out how pathetic Castillo Armas’s army really was… Two new airplanes were assigned on June 23, and that reinforcement, marginal though it was, helped turn the tide.  Day after day, as the old-fashioned planes made their runs over Guatemala City, the powerless residents watched in fear.”

-David Halberstam, “The Fifties”

And that's pretty much the same story throughout Central America.  Democracy rears it's ugly head and America smacks it down.  The Monroe Doctrine to the people of those countries means freedom for us and subservience for them.  Now they're coming to the only safe place we've allowed, our own.  

I guess it's more than lies that are coming home to roost, huh, Jan?

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