I am a husband and a father of two young children (well, technically one of them is a step-child, but we don’t really see it that way.) My family lives in Jerseyille, IL, a small town in the southern portion of West Central Illinois. I grew up in an even smaller town in the middle of Southern Illinois, Cutler. I am an alum of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Class of 2004, with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Political Affiliation: Libertarian
Hobbies: I love sports. I probably spend the majority of my free time watching or reading about sports. My favorite teams are University of Illinois Fighting Illini basketball and football and all the St. Louis professional teams (Cardinals, Rams and Blues.) I also keep tabs on SIU Saluki basketball and football, but admittedly not as well as I should. On my long commute to and from work, I entertain myself by listening to podcasts, mostly about history and politics.
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United we stand, divided we fall. We’ve all heard this phrase. According to the Smithsonian Institute, the origin is from a 1768 song, The Liberty Song by John Dickinson. We normally hear this phrase in the United States during times of turmoil. We reference it when the country is at war. It was all over the place after the 9/11 attacks. In this post, though, I’m going to look at it from another angle.
I think this phrase does an excellent job of describing what is going on in our country today. The politicians have successfully divided the citizenry of this country. How have they done that? By getting us to focus on secondary issues that are not as important as the ones we should be paying attention to.
Think about it for a second. What issues are constantly pounded into our heads by our politicians and the media? Gun control, abortion, gay marriage, drugs, immigration, healthcare…… the list goes on and on. Now I’m not saying that these issues are not important, because they are. I’m saying that they are secondary issues behind the one thing that everyone should really be concentrating on, government corruption.
Why are we not paying attention to this issue? Misdirection by the politicians. Misdirection is a word you hear often in football, when an offense uses deception to get the defense going in one direction, only to have the ball end up going in the other direction. For more Click HERE
With the debate on immigration currently going on in Congress, I thought this would be a good time to weigh in on it. The central issue here is twofold. First, what do we do with all the illegal immigrants currently in the country? Secondly, what do we do with the southern border to Mexico?
Current Illegal Immigrants
All too often, you only hear of two options for dealing with those people who have illegally crossed our borders. One of those options is amnesty and the other one is deportation. I do not like either of these options.
Offering wholesale amnesty is completely unfair to all those people who are currently waiting their turn, legally, for United States citizenship. I don’t think we can completely ignore the fact that many people have chosen to ignore the laws of our country.
On the other hand, the deportation option is just insane. There is no way that we can deport every single person who has crossed the border illegally. It’s just not practical. The other problem with deportation is the cost involved. It would likely cost us billions, which is not something our country can afford when we are already approaching $17 trillion in national debt.
So, what do we do? I prefer a middle of the road option. This is my plan for dealing with the illegal immigrants currently in the country.
1. Give instant citizenship to all children who were brought here by their parents. This is a one time thing and is only effective for families who are currently already in the United States. It is not the fault of these children that they were brought here. Their parents made that decision, not them. Do not punish the children. If they have already been living and going to school here, then let them stay and make them citizens.
2. All adults who are here illegally will be forced to pay back taxes. They will be allowed to apply for citizenship through the normal channels. They will be allowed to stay and work in the US, but they will have to pay taxes. Once they have gone through the normal citizenship process and paid all back taxes, they will be awarded their citizenship. They will not be eligible for public aid during the waiting period.
3. Those illegal immigrants already here will not be forced to apply for citizenship. They will not be deported for choosing not to apply. They will be allowed to stay and work, but they will be required to pay taxes (including any back taxes). They will not be eligible for public aid.
4. The first two guidelines will only be valid for those who have been living in the United States already and have done so in a civil manner. Anyone with a violent criminal record will not be eligible for this program. Anyone who chooses not to pay taxes will be immediately deported.
This one is really simple. Get rid of all the ridiculous border security. Don’t even think about putting up a fence. Make it an open border. Why should we stop anyone from coming to the United States who simply wants to better themselves and their families? We should allow them to come here and work without having to go through the citizenship process. They won’t be given citizenship unless they apply through the normal channels, but they can live and work here. They will be required to pay taxes and will not be eligible for public aid. Anyone who commits a violent crime will no longer be allowed to stay here.