Panelists Discuss Immigrant Experience
Though I don’t agree with everything in this article from The American Spectator at least the author speaks sensibly about the issue.
Quotes from the article Freedom of Immigration Acts:
So whenever I hear criticism of immigrants, whether legal or not, I find myself suspecting that a lot of other immigrants may feel as I do: that America is a great country — and long may it prosper. Bear in mind that they (we) have had an experience that most home-grown Americans never have: we have lived somewhere else! To me, the real threat to this country comes not from immigrants who are ready and willing to work but from home-grown trustfund socialists in places like Vermont and Massachusetts. I could write a whole article saying why they are the problem, not the Mexicans doing stoop labor under a hot sun.
Do we need increased border security? I’m not sure that we do. Last year, I heard an interesting argument about this from Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, who represented a district on the Mexican border. (He has since retired.) He pointed out something that is obvious when you think about it, but almost never mentioned. We have already sharply increased the “cost” of crossing the border, he said, and one consequence is that those who are already in the United States are less likely to return home, because they are not sure that they will be able to get back in. Illegals are therefore more likely to stay once they get here. This in turn increases the pressure for amnesty. Where they had once thought of themselves as transients, moving back and forth, they are now more inclined to think of themselves as residents. (I also have my doubts about the national-security rationale for higher fences.)