In my last “In My World” post I declared what would happen if I were elected
emperor senator. One of my readers (now that I have them) asked my thoughts on border control. Funny you should ask…
The borders over here are as porous as, well, they’re pretty freaking porous. It seems like people just come and go willy-nilly between
Porous borders are bad. Migrant workers are good. Now, before I go pissing off everyone about NAFTA and such, I spent some time growing up in
I think that there is merit to the argument that they do the labor that nobody else wants to do. And I think they should be allowed to come here and work. And Pay taxes. And work toward becoming citizens, if they should choose too. I’m all about those poor, tired, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Not the freeloaders. You want access to social services, cough up the greenbacks. You want your kids to go to school, fine. Pay property and school taxes. This boat is the USS America, and nobody who is able to pay rides for free.
So: Legal Immigrants good. Come. Work. Live. Melt in our big pot or be a diverse part of our community. (But don’t expect us to change the way we live/worship/govern because of how they did things in the old country; you left for a reason, remember?)
Illegal immigrants bad. We have to lock down our borders to tightly controlled access points. Minefields, Machine guns, Old-Soviet Era border patrols, rednecks with rifles, whatever it takes. By any means necessary. Freedoms guaranteed within the
Student and other Visas: RF Tags apply here too. You get one with the Visa. If you aren’t gone (or get it reset when the visa is renewed) it esplodes. Sorry about that, but if you aren’t going to follow the rules….
(At this point, is anyone unclear on my views of capital punishment?)
Worse than illegal immigrants is the idea of terrorists and other undesirables (Buddhists) slipping across our borders undetected (I swear, if this goes on much longer, we’ll have so many people roaming the desert in orange robes calling each other grasshopper and speaking like Indians on ’60s westerns that it will seem like we’re living in the Yankeetown section of Bejing. If you are caught in the country illegally, and you are a terrorist, we drop a bomb on your hometown. Specifically, on your house.
But what to do? How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? How about this: What do you have to contribute? Airline Pilot? Sorry. Got Plenty. Doctor? Did you go to school in the West? No? Sorry, take your spells and voodoo elsewhere. Teacher? Go back home, your country needs you. This is a tricky question, of course, and I outline it with absurd examples. But there is really no point in admitting people to a citizen program if they are completely unskilled. That’s what we have migrant workers for.
Simple Questions (A “No” answer will result in automatic rejection from consideration) 1. Do you speak English? 2. Do you smell funny? 3. Are you completely willing to accept that other people do not share your views or your god? 4. Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that You will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that You will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that You will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over You, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help You God?"
Okay, the last one is the oath of enlistment in the US Armed Forces. Now, I don’t for a minute advocate giving every person coming across the border a uniform and rifle and teaching them to kill, but service in say, a Foreign Legion might prove, after a period of time, that they are more than willing to give everything for the country that will give them so much in return.
There has to be a vetting process. You have to be able to prove, more than anything else, that you are loyal to the principles that founded the nation. Not just that you understand them, but that you are loyal to them. I don’t know what kind of test that would be, and I am open to the belief that I don’t have all the answers, but I am willing to listen to ideas. If only more of our representatives could spit out that last sentence with some semblance of earnestness.
Many people have migrated here legally. (My last name isn’t exactly Running Bear.) They have become productive members of society who know more about our government, what it is supposed to do (and not allowed to do) than most of our natural born citizens. (Which is a big fault of public education—but that’s for another day.) I welcome those with something to contribute to the society. The idea is simple: TANSTAAFL, you have to earn your way.