Comprehensive immigration reform always brings out passionate people on all sides of the issue. Georgia passed an immigration bill in the last session of the General Assembly. There have been many opinions expressed regarding the legislation from that day forward. The colleges in our state are currently reacting to the portion of the bill where unregistered illegal aliens will not be allowed to enroll for classes in any of the state universities or colleges. The issue of immigration reform has now become a mainstay issue in the presidential debates. Each candidate is trying to outdo the other regarding their position on immigration.
Where do you stand on the issue of illegal immigration? Tell us in the comments.
Several observations come to mind as I confront the matter of illegal aliens living among us in Georgia. I have noticed any time the word comprehensive is used, the user of the word defines it. Normally, the concept of comprehensive would suggest a complete idea or concept on a matter. Dealing fully with an issue would be another way of expressing the reality of what the word comprehensive means. It seems, however, that when liberals use the word comprehensive they have another meaning. Their use of the word implies there can be no other way to look at any subject to which that word is attached. In the case of immigration, to attach the word comprehensive to the discussion as a liberal means that all conservative ideas are wrong and not worthy to be considered as part of the conversation. At some point in the discussion on illegal immigrants, there is always the use of a pathway to citizenship injected into the issue.
Many years ago (over 30), I attended a seminar in another state where the issue of globalism was one of the topics. At that time the leader of the seminar predicted that by the early to mid 21st century there would be no borders north or south in the United States. The leader gave what he saw as evidence that we would have open borders with no way to stop any and all who want to enter or leave our nation when that day arrives. We are closer to the prediction now than many of us really want to admit.
Our country is a desirable place to live and people strive for years to be able to move to the USA for a better life. We have laws that must be enforced regarding those who enter our nation. For those who wish to become citizens there is in place a process to follow, those who choose not to follow the established laws are breaking the law and need to be dealt with accordingly. From where I stand, amnesty is not an option. We have laws in place to deal with the issue of immigrants. We must seal our borders, making them secure and have each person entering to declare their intentions to become citizens or to be in the country only a short time for work, or as a tourist.