I seen the movie a while back from a friend who rented it from netfilx… I just did a quick search so I could have something too post. I’m not advertising the place that has the movie for sale… My interest is in the movie only.
Plus, the movie isn't about opening the floodgates. It’s more about the consequences of doing nothing.
If you do see the movie, you will know what i'm talking about.
I don't think anyone likes the current situation. The current status is unsustainable. The argument is about the way forward.
I don't agree with either of the two major positions on this. I think we have to:
make it virtually impossible for an illegal to find work. This will entail steep fines and jail time for persons hiring illegals for the first offense, with escalation for subsequent offenses. This will immediately cut the flow of illegals, most of whom come here from all over the world seeking work and their fortune. without the benefit of proper documents. If they can't find work, there is no point in coming here.
, we need to secure our borders, including Land, Sea and Air. This means tracking everyone who enters on a tourist or student visa, and hounding them when they overstay. It also means doing what is necessary to cut off overland illegal immigration from BOTH Canada and Mexico. I'd start with the Mexican border only because of the drug trafficking problem, but BOTH land borders need to be secured.
, and in parallel with the other two points, we need to deal with the illegals who are already here. This is the most contentious point. My personal view at this time is that for those who are otherwise law-abiding, who have jobs and are already paying taxes for some documentable period, say 10 years, we give them work permits, and a 20 year path to acquire citizenship if they don't get convicted of any felony or serious crime other than possible an exception for previously using false documents to get work in the past. It should not be an easy path, but many of these ppl know no other life, and have been contributing to the US economy, paying taxes, etc.
, we need to set up a workable guest worker program that allows us to acquire and keep track of guest workers to fill our country's needs. The current programs are poorly administrated and often abused.
, we need to re-assesses our legal immigration system and the current quotas. These are also wildly out of step with reality and out of date. They reflect our xenophobia more than the needs of our country.
Only if we address ALL of these areas will we be able to take control of our borders back.