Over the years, I am appreciative of The Gazette publishing my thoughts. I must advise that this particular article is a waste of paper and time.
Just so folks know, all of my adult kin are legal immigrants except for their US-born kids and for ours. I have few adult relatives other than my in-laws. This, and working at a university for over 40 years (I count my graduate assistance ship), gives me a bit of insight into immigration and how it works. Not to mention that my bother-in-law, Jim Harter, was the International Student Adviser and I was introduced to my wife of almost 40 years through that International Student Office contact.
I have been gratified by comments from folks that they enjoy my articles, but how come I don’t make a recommendation for a solution to our immigration debacle?
So here goes nothing, and I mean nothing will be done for the reasons that I will give.
I have mentioned these laws before, but just as a reminder, allow me to again share and for me to regale you with some of Congress’s failed attempts to solve the problem: Naturalization Act of 1790; Naturalization Act of 1796; Aliens Friends Act of 1798; Naturalization Act of 1802; Naturalization Act of 1870; Page Act of 1875; Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; Immigration Act of 1891; Geary Act of 1892; United States vs Wong Kin Ark case of 1898; Anarchist Exclusion Act of 1903; Naturalization Act of 1906; Barred Zone Act of 1917; Immigration Act of 1918; Johnson-Reed Act of 1924; National Origins Formula of 1924; and Equal Nationality Act of 1934; 1930’s Federal officials deport tens of thousands and possibly more than 400,000 Mexicans and even Mexican-Americans and many U.S. citizens who were children; Nationality Act of 1940; McCarran-Walter Act of 1952; Kwong Hai Chew vs Colding 1953; Operation Wetback 1954; Hart-Celler Act of 1965; Cuban Refugee Adjustment 1966; Plyler v. Doe 1982; Immigration Reforms and Control Act 1986; Immigration Act 1990; United States vs Verdugo-Urquidez 1990; Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996; Rodriquez v. United States 1999; Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act 2002; The Real ID Act.
Do you get the drift that our efforts have been basically failures? So get to the solution already for Pete sake.
Do I think that we need a wall? Yes. Do I think that it will work in the present legal and historical contexts? No. In that 40 percent of present-day illegals flew into the country; in that our leadership forgets our borders on the Atlantic, Gulf, Pacific and Canada; in that if drug dealers bring tons of dope in, then illegals are no big problem. In that it now takes 25 years for someone to come here legally from Mexico and longer from the Middle East, here are some things that might help improve the prospects for The Wall to work. I credit a big Mexican - American friend here in Emporia for the suggestion about using our U.S. agencies South of the border. Here goes:
• Require all visitors to the U.S. to pay a refundable deposit that is significant. Make this deposit significant.
• Require and allow those wanting a visa from South of the borders to pay the deposit at any one of the numerous embassies or U.S. consulates in South America or South of the border.
• Via our numerous consulates in the many foreign locations, have them do a background check right there which would work better than anywhere else. (Credit my big Mexican - American mechanic for this outstanding idea).
• Allow banks (not the government) to account for the deposits as if they were a “passbook” deposit. Banks would keep the interest as some payment for their help.
•Upon leaving, per one’s visa, that person would immediately get their deposit money back.
The most critical suggestion to helping The Wall to work is to fine or imprison those employers who greedily hire illegals.
When our American students go to study in Germany and other European countries, they must make deposits in that country to show that they will not be a drain on that country.
I will not go further on these details. I think that this would give us some control and it would allow temporary workers a way to get to the jobs. And employers, so desperate for help, the labor that has been the incentive for doing nothing since our first immigration bill in 1790.
Do I expect Congress to do anything meaningful that would improve the chances for The Wall to work? No. If Congress has been a failure since 1790 to fix our problem, this article is likely a waste to time, paper and the time that it took for you to read it.