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Key to ending illegal method of immigration

So, there’s been a lot of talk lately regarding comprehensive immigration reform. What many people don’t understand is that there are two kinds of immigration, legal and illegal. Perhaps its because anytime people use common sense to discuss the difference the conversation quickly veers to the level of school children on a playground. Its really quite simple, the US is not against legal immigration, it’s against illegal immigration, at least it should be. If you are ok with allowing illegal immigration then why have a legal immigration process at all?

Now to a key aspect of any potential LONG TERM solution. Clarifying the intent of the 14th Amendment, which reads…

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

14th Amendment Reference

Sound clear enough? Well, did you notice the wording “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”? Did you understand what that meant, or did you simply gloss over that part and stitch together the rest of it? Well, to get you through it here’s the first link to help us solve the problem…

What ‘Subject to the Jurisdiction Thereof’ Really Means

Finally to those who think that link proposes a crazy solution, I present the following links and video of Democratic Senator Harry Reid…

Birthright Citizenship in the United States: A Global Comparison
Nations Granting Birthright Citizenship

After reading this post and it’s links in their entirety, can someone come up with a better method that discourages illegal immigration while encouraging legal immigration? Sure the implementation would take some thought but I personally see no reason as to why this should not be part of the FINAL comprehensive solution. Add a $15,000 fine for any employer who hires an illegal worker to the mix and you’re halfway to an effective comprehensive immigration bill that really solves the problem permanently. Remember, Reagan already tried amnesty in 1986, granting legal status to about 3 million people, that approach only made the problem worse, today we are looking at about 11 million people.

To compensate for these serious and effective measures, we will have to grant some sort of legal status to the people who are already here. Why? Let’s be honest, this country created the problem, even encouraged it in some aspects. We are dealing with real human lives here, not pawns to use as part of a political chess game. A final answer to this problem requires a responsible, respectable and honorable solution by America. After all, a country that is not serious about enforcing its own laws and borders is not really a country is it? So let’s learn from our past in order to move forward so that we don’t repeat the same mistakes today. If we fail to learn, it will take another 20 years for us to realize that half baked solutions designed solely for political purposes and power don’t solve anything.

– Unaffiliated Party, Think For Yourself

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To better inform you on the human part of the issue, check out the following docs…

The following film The Other Side of Immigration delves into some of the social issues regarding the topic, find the full film streaming on Netflix and Amazon

In the end, if our intent is to solve this problem, America will also have to engage its neighbors to solve the root of the problem, a lack of opportunities within their own borders. By continuing the current trend we are only encouraging the disparity. Most importantly, the people in these countries will also have to stand up, and demand proper leadership that is looking out for it’s own people.

Related Articles…
Constitution Doesn’t Mandate Birthright Citizenship
Feds Charge New Chinese Moms as ‘Birth Tourism’ Fugitives – NBC
Chinese flock to USA to give birth to U.S. citizens – USA TODAY
The OC Weekly Guide to Chinese Birth Tourism

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