I am currently reading a book about the nation's immigration policy and I am finding out some very interesting things.
Here is something I would like to share:
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 gave amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens. That's right. 3 million people that were in this country illegally that the government decided was okay to just let them go ahead and be criminals and that we would essentially pardon them all and let them live here.
A study done in March 1992 surveyed some interesting statistics about those 3 million illegals:
55% of them lived in California. No big surprise there in my opinion.
70% of them were originally from Mexico. Again, no surprise at all.
15% of them spoke English. Only 15%? That is a little bit shocking.
80% of them used public health services. You know what that means to me? Of that 80% I will bet you dollars to pesos (pun intended) that a large majority of them were on welfare.
We need to seriously start cracking down on people entering our country illegally. Congress approved the building of a fence on our southern border. Why hasn't it been built yet?
And I don't want to sound like a jerk but there is no way to say this without sounding like one so here goes. I even think we need to start decreasing the number of legal visas that are given as well. I won't go so far as to say our country is full, we are closed for business but we are having some huge economic problems in this country and I would venture as far to say that our lax immigration policies are part of the cause. I really think that it is in our country's best interest if we start being a lot more selective about who we let in our country.
I understand that the countries these immigrants are coming from are oppressive or economically challenged but we really need to stop being the country that takes care of everyone else's problems. We have our own problems here at home that need to be dealt with and if we continue to try and fix problems (such as illegal immigration) that we never really should have had to deal with in the first place, we are never going to get the things done with our country that seriously need to be done.
So get that fence built! Keep those illegals out! Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, NO AMNESTY whatsoever! There is no reason that we should just let these people get away with being here illegally. You find someone here illegally, deport them. If you have found them having committed a crime, deport them. Don't spend our tax dollars keeping them in our prisons. Turn them over to their governments and let them deal with them in their own prison system. It is not our job to babysit the world's criminals!