Columns / Discourse / September 26, 2012

Observing America: Undocumented immigration within the U.S.

Illegal immigration is a federal crime. I know it well. I’m an immigrant myself who moved to the U.S. in 2003 from Buenos Aires, Argentina. My family got in line at the U.S. Embassy and was given a visa to come to the U.S. We did it legally.

But not everyone does it that way. There are many who cross our poorly monitored borders from Canada and Mexico. The number has dropped due to the dire economic crisis, yet the issue remains unresolved.

It’s the federal government’s fault. They keep setting the issue aside. They slacked for the last decade. They haven’t enforced the law as it is written. Title 8 of the U.S. Code states that anyone is considered an illegal alien who “enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers.” However, both of our parties failed on this issue. They haven’t lived up to what the law states.

President Obama followed the law more than Bush by deporting more illegal immigrants. In fact, Obama has deported 1.5 times more than Bush. He deported about 1.4 million illegal immigrants since the beginning of his presidency to July 2012. Yet, the current president who deported the most also skipped Congress to try to solve illegal immigration. He passed an executive order to avoid the Republican-controlled Congress.

Just take a look at what he signed. His order allows illegal immigrants to apply for a temporary permit to work legally in the U.S. and avoid deportation. This order stems from the DREAM Act, which failed to pass the U.S. Senate. As a result, about 1.7 million immigrants qualify to meet that permit. This deepens illegal immigration, since now anyone under the age of 30 that arrived to the U.S. before the age of 16 can stay in the U.S. This gives the incentive for anyone in that age group to come to the U.S. and stay for two years without any fear of deportation.

Then Democrats get mad at states like Arizona, Alabama or North Carolina for being radical in their reforms. All of these states follow a model like that of Arizona’s SB1070, which allows police enforcement to ask for documentation from anyone who is stopped first for any offense other than being suspected to be an illegal immigrant. This is the popular “show me your papers” clause that has many on the left rolling their eyes. But is this really Arizona, Alabama or North Carolina’s fault?

These states, like many others, have big issues at hand. Arizona, for example, has serious crime rates. Phoenix, Arizona is rated as the kidnapping capital in the U.S. And, yes, this is attributed to criminals who cross the border into Arizona. Not to mention the fact that many who struggle to cross the border are raped or killed in the deserts or held hostage by coyotes. But the federal government does little to address Arizona’s issues.

Alabama, like many other states, had a problem with their unemployment rate. Their government found out that many jobs were taken by illegal immigrants — shocking, right? Since the passage of the law, Alabama’s unemployment rate has decreased from 9.3 percent to 7.7 percent. Again, the federal government didn’t address Alabama’s concerns.

North Carolina has some similar concerns as well.  Their unemployment rate stands at 9.4 percent. It makes sense to pass a law similar to that of Alabama and Arizona to incentivize employment. The crux of the issue is that illegal immigrants are paid much lower wages than legal workers who are required by law to be paid minimum wage. There are many businesses that take advantage of this fact and make higher profits than those who follow the law and employ legal immigrants or American citizens. But President Bush didn’t care and Obama doesn’t either; at least their policies show so.

For this very reason, states are taking actions into their own hands. The federal government should step in and follow these states’ proposals. Our government should promote legal immigration and prevent illegal immigration and not pass executive orders that act as incentive for new illegal aliens.

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants and should remain as such. But this is a country of law and it should start acting like it.

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.

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  • joel wischkaemper

    I am concerned about what is happening to the American People, and particularly the Hispanics in the traditional barrio. The Mexican Nationals that come seldom speak English and so they head to a place where they can be understood: the Barrio. No one has given any thoughts about how those illegal aliens supported themselves after they got here, but the fact is.. they don’t get jobs very quickly at all and never have. To often, those illegal aliens bring a little bit of dope with them, sell it on the streets, and make enough to live a while where they are. That is when the whole illegal aliens business gets really ugly for the Barrio, the illegal aliens who don’t bring dope, and the American Citizens.

    It is a civil infraction to cross the border down there while you are wandering around. Cross it and try and stay here and it is a Federal Misdemeanor. Cross it a second time, and it is a Federal Felony. It is a felony and Americans want those jobs that the illegal aliens are taking. They want them at a living wage with all the OHSA Rules enforced. I think the criminals in Congress just don’t give a hoot.

  • Dave Francis

    None of these immigration laws are going to matter, if Obama returns for a second term? The only people it’s going to financially affect the taxpayers and the hundreds of billions of dollars to be extracted forcibly from their taxes. President Obama is sure to enact another blanket amnesty as Reagan did in 1986. Only chance to stave-off any of immigration policies is to vote as many TEA Party legislators into Congress as possible. God help us from the two corrupt political parties if we do not? Better also be alert for Democratic Voter fraud now until November, because ACORN is NOT dead.

    The TEA PARTY (THE PEOPLE’S) PARTY should not be defined as just white people; they are not, they are millions of Americans of every nationality and skin color. My chapter has Hispanics, Black people, Asians from every walk of life. We are “The People “frustrated with the corruption in both parties. The Liberal oriented mainstream media have constantly lied about the agenda of the TEA PARTY. The TEA PARTY are moderate Constitutionalists, not the hard core Marxist-Communist-Socialists entrenched amongst the Democrats who want open borders and no laws to stop illegal migrants and immigrants from thrashing the U.S. taxpayers safety net.

    If you want higher taxes; higher gas prices at the pump; an archaic tax system that benefits the privileged in both parties; a ever growing federal government with rules and regulations that inhibit new business creation; and a president that is giving even more to the “freeloader” parasites that cohabit with the illegal alien invaders who are draining the state reservoirs of money.

    I am sure about is the plan of the TEA PARTY if they can eject many Democrats and Republican incumbents and replace them? It’s already happening and by replacing incumbents in the Republican Party can politically persist that the “LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT (E-VERIFY) and the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW” finds passage and enacted to restrain more illegal alien invaders. They bring their unborn babies here, to live as parasites of the U.S. taxpayer. The children of illegal aliens had no say in coming to America, but by the enactment of the BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL, this incredulous expensive issue for taxpayers is solved.

  • Janet

    “President Obama followed the law more than Bush by deporting more illegal immigrants.” This is not so. Obama is cooking the books. His has admitted that his stats include those people who were caught and turned around at the border with no court proceedings. Those numbers were not preiously included in stats about deportations.



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