America Needs Legal Immigrants
Besides filling jobs, immigrants are also needed to supply the next generation of Americans. For a number of reasons, including abortion, later marriage and conception, and the growing acceptability of homosexual relationships, natives simply do not procreate at a rate sufficient to maintain our population. More than an issue of maintaining our numerical standing, this is important because of its implications for such programs as Social Security and Medicare. Without replenishing the ranks of the working, we will have an imbalanced population structure in which we have more retirees taking out of the system than we have workers pumping wealth into it.
Of course, opponents of illegal immigration have valid complaints. First, it is unfair that people who have disregarded our sovereignty and crossed illegally into the
Also, because illegal immigrants must avoid detection or risk deportation, they regularly accept pitifully low wages and poor working conditions, thereby depressing wages and benefits for all workers, but especially low skill, uneducated Americans, and most of all blacks. Without a ready pool of illegal aliens willing to work for very little, employers would be forced to offer legitimate wages to poor blacks and others. The current situation, though, benefits illegals and their families back home while depriving our own poor of the opportunity to begin their climb out of poverty.
Finally, illegal immigration does pose a real threat to our security. If we cannot control our borders or track who comes into the country and what they bring with them, we greatly increase the risk of more terror attacks. There have been reports in the past few years of radical Muslims going to
As for the immigration reform initiatives being discussed now, we should immediately implement strict border security provisions. We should increase the quotas of legal immigrants we allow into the
Meanwhile, we should offer illegal aliens already here a one-time opportunity to register with the federal government and apply for residency. Those with children born in the