A Hard, Compassionate Case for Immigration Reform

Sometimes, even conservatives make good points.

Listen up: The first thing Buzz noticed when we got our advance copy of Press 2 for English: Fix Immigration, Save America were numbers: "The direct after-tax costs illegal immigrants impost on the public coffers each year," said press material accompanying the book, is $9.6 billion.

The source cited for that hugely debated number was the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank on immigration that claims to do independent research. The Southern Poverty Law Center says otherwise, citing CIS' alleged ties to far-right nativists and anti-immigrant groups.

We flipped through the book by Dr. S. Rob Sobhani, a former professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, conservative pundit and son of Iranian refugees. Among his suggested solutions for the immigration problem: a five-year moratorium on legal immigration, ending birth-right citizenship, making English the official U.S. language and tougher law enforcement. His book emphasizes the supposed harm that low-wage immigrant labor has done to the economic prospects of poor, black U.S. citizens. Our pinko radar was pinging a right-wing demagogue alert. He's one of them ... from the other side, willing to pit black against brown.

And that's the problem right there, isn't it? We — you and Buzz — bring ourselves to listen to those guys on the other side — whatever the side might be. Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party sit in their separate pews and demonize the heretics on the other side of the aisle at the 99 Percent True and Only Gospel Tabernacle. Meanwhile, it burns down around them.

Turns out, Sobhani — urbane, charming and intelligent — is not some border-fence-loving Minuteman. He's an educated conservative who believes, essentially, that America doesn't have the resources to support endless immigration, that the influx of low-wage labor harms working-class people, especially poor black people and illegal immigrants, consigned to the underclass, underpaid and uncommitted to a country that essentially offers them a bad business proposition. He fears America is becoming Balkanized. "When we were born as a nation, we were born with a birth defect — slavery," he says repeatedly over lunch. Unregulated immigration is draining resources and exacerbating the enduring effects of that defect, but our political leaders, particularly black political leaders, would rather pander for Latino votes than lead the nation to tough, pragmatic and humane solutions.

Of course, virtually any of his statements could be filtered, blended and recast to make him sound like Lou Dobbs' smarter soulmate.

To Sobhani, though, the immigration problem is the other side of a foreign relations problem: "I think we've neglected Latin America. We've neglected Mexico," he says. His book calls for policies to combat corruption, improve governments in Latin America and encourage international investment so that the immigrants he writes about with compassion don't have to come to America to live in merely less onerous poverty than they faced at home.

All of which sounds kinda reasonable. Maybe the Italian lunch put us in a good mood. Maybe Sobhani is a honey-tongued devil. Our pinko radar certainly is giving us a raspberry, but maybe — it could happen — this guy has a point.

—Patrick Williams

 
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james
james

i ain' bad prejudiced. i got good friends that are all colors, black white, brown. but when i got so many of these people that don't belong here surroundin' me...turnin' my neighborhood into a trash dumpster hit an run on my bestest nicest car ever....i'm gittin' pretty fed up. 2 faamilies of immediate neigbors who put mountains of household gargbage on the side of the street almost daily. trash bags hangin' in the trees. bald dirt mudholes fer yards where they've kilt the grass...

Kathleen3
Kathleen3

Why do people continue to participate in this illegal immigration charade? I could care less what illegal aliens contribute to Social Security coffers, how greedy employers benefit from their slave labor, or what it would cost to purge this country of the 20+million who have invaded this country and freely roam with impunity granted by those we elect to uphold and enforce our laws.

These people are here illegally and every day they remain they expand the original offense first committed when they arrived here. The first candidate who pledges to purge this country of illegal aliens and restore law and order in this country gets my support and vote.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

GO home or you will self-deport, when E-Verify becomes--MANDATORY.

To a great extent the mainstream Liberal media appear traumatized by the old traditional issue, that there are only TWO foremost alternatives of what to do with the officially estimated number of 11 million illegal aliens (a disinfected figure.) This is for those persons who are residing without permission in this sovereign nation; either deporting them or allowing a Path to citizenship.

Nowhere is this counterfeit proposal more perceptible than in the media conduct of Mitt Romney's immigration proposal. It is substantially obvious to the American person, which in essence smells of Amnesty. No presidential contender has debated more about the particulars of dealing with the 11 million populations than Romney. He has told the numerous audiences of what his opposition to amnesty is, for aliens and what he suggests to do with them?

The problem for the Liberal media against Mitt Romney is that he maintains a third preference that is generally known as “ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT”, which doesn’t include anything like mass deportation and legalization. It’s a easy program giving access to a government website, that illuminates whether you can be hired or not and official directions what to do if you are flagged. The application also costs absolutely nothing to arrange, with its outcome--once going at full steam--is self-deportation that also cost nothing to taxpayers. However, the national press turns a blind eye, which has everything to do with removing illegal aliens from the workplace. God forbid that--Romney should receive any credit for his innovation that purely conveys his values, to difficult for most established Republican Members of Congress (and Democrats). But the Texas Governor should at least get a merit badge for having that position. Then we have Michele Bachmann, THE TRUE TEA PARTY CHAIRMAN. Bachmann needs to gain more momentum by establishing her stand more on the illegal immigration occupation.

Bachmann of Minnesota needs to press her opposition against Obama’s Department of IN-justice, as there ugly treatment of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and soon North Carolina who are concerned by foreign national parasites, leeching the welfare assistance in those states; yet excluding not suing California, Nevada, Colorado, New York and others, who have declared their cities sanctuaries for illegal aliens and still receiving federal funds. In addition Bachmann should cite a second bill that has 80 sponsors is H.R.140, titled the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, which was introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, which will establish that babies smuggled into our nation, for the sole purpose of illegal parents to take advantage of the taxpayers. From the time of entry the parent can collect public entitlement, using the child as a pivot to remain here. Benefits will accumulate over many years of health care, education and further welfare supplements. If you cut off the billions of dollars in welfare and cash payments to ‘foothold children’, millions of illegal migrants and immigrants will leave, knowing there will be no more—FREE HANDOUTS.

Rep. Bachmann has the highest grade of B-, determined by the pro-sovereignty group NumbersUSA, then followed on her heels by Romney who is graded at C-. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has dropped to a D-, after adopting that illegal alien solution, for those who have settled here for at least twenty five years and should receive a pardon, although not eligible for citizenship. One must wonder how Gingrich is going to construe who arrived here 25 years previous, or even ten years ago. For starters--how did they get a job, if the federal government was carrying out enforcement? Then again to get a job, they had to hand over a Social Security number to be hired. In other words they made up a SSN, and used fraudulent documents. So isn’t that a—FELONY?

This is why the House must pass the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ or better recognized as E-Verify. This is why Americans must come together and press the federal, State Representatives to co-sponsor Bill H.R. 2885. This is the only avenue left to control unauthorized workers stealing jobs from lawful American workers and legal residents, as nothing has been seriously done since the Simpson-Mazzoli bill inception in 1986. That is why the numbers of illegal aliens have been climbing ever since and too the majority of Americans, well past 20 million.

I was surprised that two Democrats have now co-sponsored the “Legal Workforce Act’, which is generating enormous support from the American people. It’s the taxpayer voters, who are contacting their Representatives in the House and Senate, determined not to be ushered to the side lines and demanding the E-Verify law. Thousands are calling 202-224-3121 to be directed to their federal and state political members and having a nationwide impact. Why not make your vote known by doing your civic duty in demonstrating that illegal aliens must go home. Can you even imagine what the hundred billion dollars plus that is going to subsidize illegal immigrants, can financial assist your states funds?

The US Border Patrol doesn’t have the manpower to halt drugs, illegal aliens crossing the border. The government refuses to build the real double fence as enacted in 2006. We need a military presence on the border to aid the Border agents as terrorists disguised as Southern border invaders are arriving here. This is also a National Security threat as murderers from the Middle East are out to kill us.

Don’t be fooled by the Democrats and Liberal Progressives that illegal alien do pay their fair share in taxes. Those who do are insignificant, and use the IRS ITIN number and receive $4.6 Billion dollars back in tax credits.

The Department of Justice director Liberal Eric Holder as implicated in the ‘Gun-walking’ scheme, known as ‘Fast and Furious’ and the death of Brian Terry, a US Border Patrol agent killed by the American government incompetence. The man is now the driving force to use his power against states that have enacted laws to stop non-citizens voting in our elections. Remember the fraudulent canvassing group ‘ACORN’ as they are back on the map, assuming another name and having been prosecuted in 11 states. In conclusion the Liberal Progressives who are evidently pushed ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’ are at it again, trying to force us to retire the term ‘Illegal alien.’ Illegal Aliens are voting and will do again. No matter if it federal, gubernatorial, state or local non-citizens should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if caught voting.

This is not going over well with the TEA PARTY, that if you stole into America which is a violation of the law, and then you are a—ILLEGAL ALIEN. Not an undocumented worker. THAT’S WHY ILLEGAL ENTRY SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS A FELONY. YOU CAME HERE WITH THE DELIBERATE INTENTION OF STAYING, WITH A VISA OR NO VISA. I recommend all Americans who came here legally, need to associate themselves with the TEA PARTY. America is on the rails to very unstable future and the only hope for us is the TEA PARTY. Find out facts of the corruption and lies steering us in the wrong direction and read investigations at Judicial Watch, which will open your eyes to rot that is tangible in Congress.

DNichols
DNichols

Fact:The E-verify Law, the I.C.E Deportation Program, Tens of thousands of vacated Immigrants dwellings, and "the Worst Recession in U.S. History All began January 2008.

Fact: For every good, hard working Immigrant Deported since January 2008 America has lost over four times as many jobs.

Fact: Every Bail Out, Stimulus, Cash for Clunkers, Jobs Bill, Mortgage Help Program, ect. has occured since the Deportations began in January 2008 by two Presidents now, and has only been "Treating the Symptoms" of the Deportation Damage to America's Economy.

"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."Alex De Tocqueville

Over Five Thousand legal Citizen Hispanic Children are now in Foster Care with Deported Parents.

Over Forty-two Thousand Hispanic's now lay Dead in the Harsh Desert at the U.S. Mexico Border where I.C.E. has Deported Hundreds of tThousands of "Human Beings" right into the middle of a known "Drug War" with out even water, to be killed or to die of the elements.

This Great Nation of Immigrants was Built on Far Better Principles, and Values.

To See the True Burden Immigrants placed on America, one only needs to compare American 2007 to America since the January 2008 Deportations began.

The Truth is that the Hard Labor Immigrants used to gladly do for America was the very Foundation of our once Strong Economy, and this Hard Labor supported all other American jobs.

This is "The Wrong Road we are on!"

To: "The Greatest Country on Earth."

 
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