The case for real immigration reform

Reform towards illegal immigration is necessary to America’s dominance as a global superpower, are lawmakers ready to put politics aside? Photo: Immigrants who were naturalized at Kennedy Space Center

NEW YORK, March 25, 2013 — The everlasting debate on immigration reform has finally come to a standstill, as many pundits make the case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity, if the nation can ever come up with a comprehensive plan.

Enhanced measures for immigration continue to stimulate the American economy as Americans recognize that recent migrants are more likely to start a business, earn patents and tend to be more capable of working in high-tech IT industries and new tech start-ups. However, the problem still remains as how to allow people born elsewhere to enter and legally gain citizenship into the United States.

Thanks to lower skilled labor migrants, the cost of food production and overall living standards increase in contrast to the general fears associated with illegal immigration. Let’s think about it: immigrants have very few issues with assimilating into the nation’s culture, as many children of first generation immigrant families are already able to speak English, especially with the help of pop culture. Second, immigrant jobs are climbing out of the from service sector into the corporate world, generally shifting after the second and third generations.

Contrary to popular belief, immigrants tend not to be disruptive or be menaces to society, unlike the myths that they are likely to be incarcerated if they’re here illegally. Simply put, immigrants don’t drain the federal deficit, politicians do, but they have an effect on other minority groups, being competition for resources.

Immigration for the most part is a voluntary decision by the individual who seeks a new life. For example, states decide to  spend money to educate children of immigrants and seek to develop new ESL curriculum(English as a Second Language), but many taxpayers don’t want funds directed towards any training done in a second or third language except for the standard business language: English. In fact, the nation should nationalize this concept, which will have a direct influence towards lowering our unemployment rate. Furthermore, a path to citizenship, as proposed by Washington would further increase the nation’s taxes and debt by approximately $50 billion, money that taxpayers can’t afford.

Immigration begins with the firm stance of them adopting and adapting to the norms, laws, rules, etc., not the nation changing itself to accommodate. Perhaps wages of the low-skilled workers are negatively affected by undocumented workers, so what’s the solution?

If immigration is going to remain a federal issue, then there should exist a penalty that actually holds business, corporations or any entity accountable if they are exposed for illegally harboring undocumented migrants. Such legislation is much more cost effective than going after the undocumented worker or building an everlasting gate at our national borders. The rationale is to eliminate the incentive for crossing the nation’s borders by holding American entities responsible for their actions and business practices

Because immigration is such a polarizing yet politically sensitive issue, many cities are competing to win global talent for skilled migrants as opposed to unskilled workers. Furthermore, our immigrants are much less skilled when compared to neighboring nations like Europe, and Canada, which tend to recruit the best talent into their countries, similar to New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s interest in acquiring talent to the “Big Apple.”

Reform towards our immigration dilemma is absolutely necessary to America’s continuation to be a dominant global superpower by allowing migrants, who are already a part of our society to remain, their getting high-skilled training in a craft, learning English and then binding these groups to invest and remain in the country for a certain number of years. This is the beginning of how to build a nation that was founded to be a safe haven for immigrants in the first place.

Brandon Brice is a graduate of Howard University; Rutgers University’s Graduate Eagleton Institute of Politics and is currently pursuing his studies at Columbia University. Brandon is a political contributor for HipHopRepublican.com and Columnist for the Washington Times Communities.


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