Immigration is often promoted as a means to solve global problems such as
poverty, corruption, and overpopulation, but immigration merely shifts
global problems to the U.S. Global problems need to be solved where
the people are at. Politicians and others avoid the causes of global
problems and dramatically increase U.S. problems when they say immigration
must occur until the forces causing immigration are eliminated.
of U.S. foreign aid from corporate welfare and aiding despots with
military armaments to effective techniques such as sustainable
agriculture, women's rights, and access to contraceptives.
Increased support for global human rights. It is important to
recognize that human rights agendas provide the right of emigration, but
not immigration. In other words, people everywhere should have the
right to leave their country to go to a country that accepts them, but
human rights agendas do not provide the unconditional right to break the
laws of a sovereign country.
U.S. needs to lead by example. Although the U.S. is often perceived
as a model for economic and military power, democracy, and individual
rights, a multitude of problems such as inability to stabilize U.S.
population, wasteful consumption, and excessive corporate power urgently
need fixing and are a poor example for the rest of the world.
From a national perspective America can get
illegal immigration under control only if the will to do so exists.
Unfortunately that will has not yet existed. Only until Americans
force their leaders to address the problem will levels be significantly
reduced. Addressing the problem means illegal aliens should not be
rewarded, but, if they refuse to return home voluntarily, they should be
humanely deported as required by law.
Reduction in the number of illegal aliens should be by attrition as a
result of real enforcement of immigration laws. Mass deportation is
not a viable approach. See Attrition.
Experts generally recommend the following three major
priorities to control illegal immigration into the U.S.:
Interior enforcement, especially laws
pertaining to jobs,
Border security via
surveillance cameras, screenings and other means, especially the Arizona
Elimination of benefits, such as
amnesties, educational subsidies, driver's licenses, illegal alien
identification cards, and many others.
Principles for turning the tide
on illegal immigration
explains the main actions necessary.
There is an excellent list of solutions at
It should be understood that illegal
migration can not be reduced without a reduction in legal immigration.
There is a high correlation between legal immigration and illegal migration.
Legal immigration increases illegal migration and illegal migration
increases legal immigration. When someone says "I am against illegal
immigration but am for legal immigration" the reality is that one
significantly drives the other and addressing only one aspect will not
resolve the problem.
The illegal immigration problem can be solved if only
the will to do so exists. A humorous solution, taken from the mad cow
disease investigation, is:
Our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago,
right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington. They
can track calves direct to their stalls, but is unable to locate 11+
million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Perhaps the solution
is to give every illegal alien a cow.