Instead of proposing yet another amnesty to these foreign invaders (by way of a "pathway to citizenship"), our government should be focusing on ways to ID, arrest, and deport them as quickly as possible.
If America is to prosper in the dark years ahead, our country must quickly adopt a hard-line approach against all illegal immigrants:
It doesn't matter how long they've gotten away with illegally living here.
It doesn't matter if they've only only been convicted of committing misdemeanors while they've been illegally living here.
It doesn't matter if they gave birth to anchor-babies after they illegally entered---or remained---in our country.
It doesn't matter if they were illegally brought across the border as young children.
It doesn't matter if they developed life-threatening medical conditions after they illegally jumped our border; American citizens and legal immigrants have serious medical conditons too.
It doesn't matter if the economy in their native country is in bad shape; so is America's.
It doesn't matter if the government in their native country is politically corrupt; so is America's.
In the big picture---NONE of that matters---if those people are residing here illegally.
Many of these illegal aliens are receiving tax-funded benefits and privileges that were intended solely for citizens and legal residents. Meanwhile, violent crimes, rapes and murders are being committed against American citizens by illegal aliens every year. America can no longer afford to keep feeding, educating, housing, hospitalizing---or being victimized by---these foreign invaders.
In these troubling times, America's government should be doing what's best for the prosperity and security of American citizens and legal immigrants---not what's in the best interests of foreign nationals who have been illegally living here. The time to correct all that is NOW.
One of the first things Congress should reform is it's former soft stance against cities and states that have adopted liberal sanctuary policies; they promote illegal immigration, and foster a growing subculture of corruption, poverty, and crime.
The following excerpts are from DiscoverTheNetworks.org's excellent, extensive section on Sanctuary Cities:
Despite a 1996 federal law [the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) that requires local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), many large urban cities (and some small) have adopted so-called "sanctuary policies." Generally, sanctuary policies instruct city employees not to notify the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in their communities. The policies also end the distinction between legal and illegal immigration -- so illegal aliens often benefit from city services too.
A formal sanctuary policy is a written policy that may have been passed by a local government body in the form of a resolution, ordinance, or administrative action -- general or special orders, or departmental policies....An informal sanctuary policy is a policy that does not exist on paper but nonetheless is carried out by government workers (administrative, service, or safety).
An informal sanctuary policy is more difficult to document, since no obvious public record exists. Since no public records are available, a local government's (e.g., township, village, city, county or state) actions in regards to interacting with illegal aliens will evidence its "unwritten" policy regarding illegal aliens. Statements and actions by public officials, including safety forces, can indicate a community's unwritten policy.
The excerpts below are from an excellent 2004 City Journal article by Heather McDonald, that points out the deadly social cost of continuing to allow sanctuary city policy in America:
Police commanders may not want to discuss, much less respond to, the illegal-alien crisis, but its magnitude for law enforcement is startling. Some examples:
• In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.
• A confidential California Department of Justice study reported in 1995 that 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th Street Gang in southern California is illegal; police officers say the proportion is actually much greater. The bloody gang collaborates with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant force in California prisons, on complex drug-distribution schemes, extortion, and drive-by assassinations, and commits an assault or robbery every day in L.A. County. The gang has grown dramatically over the last two decades by recruiting recently arrived youngsters, most of them illegal, from Central America and Mexico.
• The leadership of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos gang, which uses murder and racketeering to control the drug market around L.A.’s MacArthur Park, was about 60 percent illegal in 2002, says former assistant U.S. attorney Luis Li. Francisco Martinez, a Mexican Mafia member and an illegal alien, controlled the gang from prison, while serving time for felonious reentry following deportation.
L.A.’s sanctuary law and all others like it contradict a key 1990s policing discovery: the Great Chain of Being in criminal behavior. Pick up a law-violator for a “minor” crime, and you might well prevent a major crime: enforcing graffiti and turnstile-jumping laws nabs you murderers and robbers. Enforcing known immigration violations, such as reentry following deportation, against known felons, would be even more productive. LAPD officers recognize illegal deported gang members all the time—flashing gang signs at court hearings for rival gangbangers, hanging out on the corner, or casing a target. These illegal returnees are, simply by being in the country after deportation, committing a felony (in contrast to garden-variety illegals on their first trip to the U.S., say, who are only committing a misdemeanor). “But if I see a deportee from the Mara Salvatrucha [Salvadoran prison] gang crossing the street, I know I can’t touch him,” laments a Los Angeles gang officer. Only if the deported felon has given the officer some other reason to stop him, such as an observed narcotics sale, can the cop accost him—but not for the immigration felony.
In the near future, I'll be posting an article outlining a comprehensive immigration-and-enforcement reform plan that would take America back from foreign invaders, put unemployed citizens back to work, protect our sovereign borders, reduce crime, and improve our ailing economy.