Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Conflicted

These stories leave me horribly conflicted.

2 comments:

Doug said...

Don't fall for the pro-illegal immigrant hype. The details are right there in the story:

"at least 35 children whose families were affected, authorities said. . . .
authorities released 60 detainees for humanitarian reasons, most related to child care issues."

Note that the reporter was unable to find any parents or kids who were left stranded -- apparently because every parent whose kids were stranded was released.

The only quotes are from pro-illegal immigrant activists.

Unfortunately, the facts are played down in the story because that's not as exciting of a headline.

cd said...

I don't think it is as simple as watching for hyped up stories.

The entire system, from raids, right on up to the "correct" procedures for legally entering/immigrating (and the two are NOT the same) to the U.S., is deeply, deeply flawed.

I will concede that it is impossible to create a black-white framework of user-friendly laws in what is naturally murky area (it's our national identity, isn't it), but the way things go now? Bad from the start.

You've got 7-month (minimum) delays for getting fiances and even spouses here, yet you can pay a premium to get that valued employee here right away. You make it hard for people to get back and forth and so the people who'd have only stayed for the harvest now get stuck here, separated from their families, for years at a time (creating a much larger drain on the country).

Guest worker programs would be a start. Streamlining and increasing staffing levels at USCIS would be a good second step. Funding it would be a third (USCIS is currently a mandated self-funder, hence the upcoming HUGE rise in visa application fees and green card fees, etc).

These shakedowns and raids make for great news, but they aren't really convincing evidence that we're keeping the country safer, are they?