Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My Opinion

I'm going to weigh in on a potentially, but not necessarily, touchy subject: the immigration wars. Well, it's not a war yet, but proponents and opponents are gathering their forces and it looks to get mighty ugly in the coming weeks/months/years/whatever! My personal opinion on this touchy subject: send the illegals back. It's plain and simple. It's straightforward. There is no need for debate. They are in the country illegally. Send them back.

According to research, there are 11 to 12 million illegal aliens currently in our country. This means, there are 11 to 12 million people not paying taxes, yet they are utilizing the resources of this country. My personal opinion - you can like it or not - is that if they want to be in this country, they need to be legal and they need to pay taxes. If they can't . . . send them back. If they won't . . . send them back. There should not be a debate on this issue. There should only be the simple solution of sending illegal immigrants back to where they came from in the first place.

Now, I understand their lives might not be so great wherever they came from - this is pretty much a given; but, a good percentage of these illegal immigrants are allegedly sending their money back to Mexico (or wherever) and not back into the country they are sponging off of in the first place. Send them back.

Now, for you detractors out there, the proponents of 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States and not paying taxes (while at the same time forcing the institution of Press 1 for Spanish), your opinion is just as vital as mine. I understand the emotions involved in sending 11 to 12 million people back to wherever they came from in the first place; but there are other legal options. Those options should be considered, but 11 to 12 million people not paying taxes should not be an option. A solution should be found, but just waving a magic wand and saying 'okay, you 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants, we're going to make an exception this time and let you stay in our country' is really not an option. It sets a precedent that should - again, in my personal opinion - not be set. The United States Government needs to stand firm, send the 11 to 12 million back to wherever they came from and enact laws to keep them out of the country on an illegal basis. Money needs to be spent ensuring that our borders are safe. It is a plain and simple solution and one that should have been done 20 years ago before there were 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the country.