The House version of the pending immigration legislation makes it a felony to be in the United States illegally. Now the Senate has just voted 99-0 to deport anyone convicted of a felony. Oh, the Senate provides an exception for “hardship” cases or for people who didn’t know about a deportation order, but they still do not provide legal aid to the millions of hapless victims of our immigration police. What chance will they have against our xenophobic judges and bureaucrats? Hey, folks! What about the millions of illegal aliens who showed up here when they were children, some of whom don’t even speak the language of their native countries?
This latest outbreak of paranoid xenophobia is nothing but a cruel distraction from the real issues of the day: Iraq, Iran, skyrocketing energy costs, a tanking US dollar, out-of-control deficits to name just a few. If we really want to do something about immigration, then let’s stop inviting the immigrants by:
(a) offering them jobs when they get here to work our farms, cut our meat, cook our food, and make up our hotel rooms, and
(b) subsidizing our own (factory) farms to the extent that these people can no longer make a subsistence living working the land they and their ancestors have worked for centuries back home in Mexico, El Salvador, and who-knows-where.
Besides, no one who wants to blow up our buildings is going to bother taking the risk of hiking across the Mexican-US frontier. They’ll come in legally, the way all the 9/11 bombers did. Let’s take the money we throw away on farm subsidies and spend it on deficit reduction. That will do more for national security (and America’s healthy nutrition) than anything we’ve yet heard out of Congress.