Huckabee says he’ll close the border to Mexico should he be elected President next November. He’ll build a fence by 2010, install video cameras and exterminate the lottery program that gave preference to brothers and sisters already in the country.
Wow, that just gave me chills. I could have sworn they got rid of the Berlin Wall about 26 years ago. The only thing that’s missing from the construction of our new fence and this plan, is concrete. Yes, I know that I’ll get emails complaining that its not like we’re separating Washington D.C. from the rest of the country, but this fence has the same symbolism as a Berlin Wall built in 1961, and the Great Wall of China. It’s main purpose is to keep people from gaining access to the other side.
We will patrol the border and use live video surveillance to secure our land from those dirty banditos. Come on. While you’re building the fence, Mr. Huckabee, why don’t you just tear down the Statue of Liberty while you’re at it. I’m sure some of her metal works can be quite useful in construction.
I am a grandchild of immigrants. My grandfather’s name is recorded in Ellis Island. While he may of obtained his citizenship legally, we’re so focused on subversive techniques to quell illegal immigration that we’re doing nothing to fix the process of welcoming new people into this country. Why don’t we create more jobs to help the flow of documentation that is backlogged years with the money we’d be using to build the fence and maintain patrols?
You often hear the argument that Mexicans are stealing the jobs of legitimate American workers. Well if you’re a believer in that line of thinking; tell me, do you want to go pick crops? How about swelter in over 100 degree temperatures picking cotton or tobacco? A good majority of harvesting is done by illegal immigrants. I don’t think anyone has measured the detriment to the agricultural industry should we stop the flow from Mexico. They have the jobs they do, because no one here wanted them.
Instead, why can’t we offer something like this: (and honestly, I am amazed no one has even suggested anything close,as it will kill two birds with one stone)
Institute a conscription for illegals.
At first, the US will want to offer amnesty. Anyone who comes forward and signs up to be a US citizen, will be enlisted in the military for a period of not more than 2 years. It will give them an opportunity to fight for a country that is giving them the means to succeed. If they agree to serve, their family is also welcome and any male or female sibling/relative over the age of 18 should they decide to cross, would also serve.
Once they are done with their 2 years, they are handed discharge papers or in some cases commission and citizenship. They will be legal and entitled to franchise.
Those who are caught after the initial amnesty offering would have a choice: 5 years in the military or deportation. Any subsequent captures would result in imprisonment and deportation.
By offering these alternatives, you not only fill the gaping hole in the military force, but you create an atmosphere where we are accepting of true hard working people that are willing to fight for their country.
If we put half the time, energy and money into fixing the broken naturalization and immigration system, there would be no more fence talk and for the first time in a long time, the US will be recognized as the caring and open nation for which our Lady Liberty lights the way.