Illegal immigration is such an emotional issue. Many illegal immigrants feel that if they get across and keep their noses clean and work hard, the government will somehow overlook the lawbreaking that got them here – especially if they have an "anchor baby". I agree with Lou Dobbs (CNN's outspoken news dude) that if you can't control your nation's borders, you can't reform immigration. We know in Texas that our border is a joke. Many illegal aliens, some in our church, go and come for holidays and family parties at will. Any reform must begin with a serious effort to control the border (I smile when reporters say "between 9 and 11 million illegal aliens — how do they know?). We, as a sovereign nation, have a right to control and defend our borders — and this includes who gets in and for what reason.
Could I climb the fence around your house, move into your house without permission, refuse to become a part of your family's culture or learn your family's language, then demand that your family pay for my education and medical care?
These protests have our family on high steam — especially Esther. All the illegal alien children get free education (including 2 free meals a day), free medical care, etc., things they would not get in Mexico, and they protest and march, waving another country's flag? Esther says that if we marched in Mexico with no papers, waving the American or Guatemalan flag, we would all go to jail! Stephanie said that many of the McHi students that drive in from Reynosa every day (and use a relative's McAllen address to get free education) were running through the halls singing Mexico's national anthem. Um, exactly what are they upset about?
But don't get me started on the American hypocrites, either. Big business LOVES the cheap labor illegal aliens provide, and many of the "get tough" lawmakers have illegal gardeners, nannies and housekeepers. And let's be honest. The U.S. government does not want to control the border, or they would do it! Are you telling me it's not possible to stop illegal immigration on the border if we have the will to do it? No, the US is addicted to cheap, migrant labor and so has a vested interest in keeping it coming, no matter how much screaming comes from border state ranchers, hospitals, schools, and law enforcement personnel.
I just have to laugh when the Senate suggests dividing illegal aliens into 3 groups. How in the wide world of sports are they gonna know who has been here 2 years, 5 years or 10 years? In 1986, when Reagan offered amnesty, Mexicans poured across the border by the thousands, generating false receipts and documents by the thousands to gain amnesty. The corruption is so great, there is NO WAY to sort out who deserves it and who doesn't. And what about the people patiently waiting their turn in the system, the people who have filled out forms and paid thousands of dollars to come legally? They get leap-frogged over by lawbreakers and opportunists?
NO EASY ANSWER
There is no simple answer to this problem, but the solution MUST begin by controlling entrance at our joke of a southern border NOW. Then, we can try to deal with those who are here without permission, but if we do some kind of weird amnesty or "path to citizenship" without controlling the border, it would be the same as welcoming guests in your front door while your backyard is on fire. The House bill is seriously flawed. Under that law, if you gave a ride or food to an illegal alien, you could go to jail for 5 years! A little too severe, in my way of thinking. We, obviously, have many friends and a few church members who are undocumented. We love them and treat them with respect and dignity, and my policy has always been to help in any way I can to get legal papers for anyone who asks, but we can't condone illegal immigration either. A waitress friend of ours approached us trembling and crying last month, scared to death of a wall being built on the border. "How will I see my babies," she asked us, "if they build a wall"? This is difficult. Anyway, no easy answers, but first, border enforcement, then solutions for those who are already here.