Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Illegal Immigrants

I keep getting e-mails from friends with ideas about how to solve the problem of illegal immigrants. They range from idiotic to just plain stupid. A 20 foot fence doesn't work, just check out San Diego or El Paso. They have great fences, but the folks wanting in just dig longer tunnels or use bigger wire cutters. Beefed up Border Patrol doesn't work any better, see previous statement. My solution is more radical than others that have been suggested. Make certain that there are good paying jobs available in Mexico and all of Central and South America for all who want to work. Then we might reverse the movement across the border. The people who risk (and sometimes lose) their lives to get into the US don't do it to become criminals, they come because the low paying jobs available to them here are better than starving at home. They even manage to send money home to support families back there. We have been waging a war on drugs for years and we have failed miserably. We have tried all of the different suggestions and none have worked. The lure is just too much to resist for those who do the smuggling. The same is true for those coming to the US to work, the money is much less than the drugs bring, but the money is so much better than back home. Living 10 to an apartment with running water and electricity is a helluva lot better than living in a cardboard shack with no water or electricity. Our Christian ethics demand that we help these unfortunate people any way we can. Let's try getting work for them where they live so that they can supply their families with the basic essentials for life and then some. Then there will be all that field work at minimum wage for the unemployed in the US. I'm sure that they will leap at the chance for those jobs. I sometimes feel that we are like the proverbial Dog in the Manger. We don't really want those low income back breaking jobs, but we don't want those illegals taking them either.

Another idea! Why not have a one world nation with no borders.

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