On illegal immigration I am of mixed opinion. On the one hand I believe that someone who is willing to work hard and to contribute to society and the economy, who is looking to make a better life for him or herself and his or her family is someone we should welcome to our country. We should respect the pursuit of happiness.
On the other hand we should also respect the rule of law, and for good or ill, we have immigration laws in this country.
Some argue that business incentivises people to cross the border illegally and this is absolutely true. Much of “the business community” likes illegal labor because it is off the books and so less expensive for a myriad of reasons.
But the same can be said for our government which allows easy enrollment into the welfare state. In addition laws like the minimum wage increase the cost of domestic employees and creates a market for illegal, off the books workers.
Our immigration challenges such as they are are of our own making. Both business and government has made it worthwhile for people to cross into this country illegally. This should be kept in mind.
But I think it’s fair to say that we do have a significant challenge in illegal immigration as it is and that this challenge probably shouldn’t be exacerbated.
President Obama today just exacerbated it.
In a big to do with many of the Spanish speaking TV networks the president explained to a crowd that illegal immigrants do not need to worry about being deported if they sign up for Obamacare.
Though this site has huge problems with Obamacare, its crony capitalist giveaways chief among them, and though we wouldn’t endorse the wholesale sifting of information obtained from illegal immigrants just so they can be identified and deported, we also don’t think non-citizens should be encouraged to sign up for benefits which I think most people agree are there (such as they are) for US citizens.