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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Radar for President!!

Not really, but I do have a platform.

Illegal Immigration is plank one...

The Radar Plan

First, the border is to be secured by beefing up the border patrol and using modern technology to watch for intruders. Video cameras with sophisticated tracking software at the server level can do the bulk of the watching, leaving the actual enforcement to a cadre of well-trained professionals.

Second, call Mr. Fox, El Presidente of Mexico, on his hypocrisy and end any and all aid to his country until he reins in the various "police" in border areas that actually run drug and human traffic up to and even over the border.

Third, take away the advantages of being an illegal immigrant-
Fines and jail time for employers who hire illegal immigrants. Make them screen their workers.
Fines and jail time for landlords who rent to them. Make them screen their tenants.
No social services for illegal immigrants other than emergency hospital care. Deport those who require care AFTER they have been treated.
No bank accounts, ID cards or other trappings of citizenship to illegal aliens
Eliminate all sanctuary cities and end federal funds to any city that balks

Take away the lure and the fish won't rise to the hook. Put the onus on the employers and landlords who are taking advantage of the illegal population while bringing them on over. We want and need legal immigrants only.

8 comments:

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lava said...

First of all, welcome back Radar. I hope you are doing better.

An interesting proposal radar. The real question comes down to the cost of enforcing this thing. Is it worth it to spend hundreds of millions(if not more) to beef up the border, install new technology, keep up the technology, and enforce and litigate claims against land owners and business owners? Would the benefits(of which, in monetary terms, I am completely unsure what they would be) of this program really outweigh the costs?

Chaos_Engineer said...

Welcome back!

I'm a little puzzled as to why illegal immigration is being perceived as such a problem.

Sure, it's technically illegal, but if I want to hire someone to work for me at a market-value wage, then what's the big deal if some government bureaucrat says that he was born on the wrong side of some imaginary line somewhere? Personally I'd rather import workers than export jobs.

Here's my proposal:

First, raise the minimum wage to something reasonable and require employers to provide health insurance. Enforce this vigorously, and if any employer gets caught violating the law then subject him to some sort of harsh punishment. (I'm going to push for waterboarding, which I understand is legal now.) This ought to reduce immigration...if employers aren't allowed to exploit workers, then they won't have any compelling reason to seek out non-citizens.

Second, get rid of the bureaucratic hurdles that are discouraging people from coming here legally.

Third, round up the people who are only using the illegal immigration debate as a proxy for their personal racism, and punch them right in the mouth.

radar said...

Ha! Thanks, guys! Lava, I think that we need to secure our borders and nations need to do so. It is a matter of how not why to me.

Chaos, that was funny! I wish we could bundle up racists and deport them where the sun don't shine. I hate it that it enters into this argument. I hate to say this, but I am not so sure that your plan might not actually work?

lava said...

Radar. I am puzzled by your response. There must be SOME reason behind securing the border-- some reason that justifies paying hundreds of millions of dollars to do so other than "I think that we need to secure our borders and nations need to do so".

radar said...

It is so obvious to me that we need to know who wants to come into our country and why for security reasons. It is also true that we need to allow our citizens to travel freely but aliens need to have a reason to be here because we don't want our workforce flooded with people from out of the country because we really don't have enough jobs to go around. In our country we have a system of education that is supposed to prepare our citizens to be good citizens and make a living within our society. Who knows about people from outside of our borders?

Do you let just anyone into your house, or do you screen people who don't live there before you let them in? If you let them in, it is probably just for short time and not permanent. If not, let me know and next time I am in town I can avoid paying for a hotel room!

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lava said...

It is so obvious to me that we need to know who wants to come into our country and why for security reasons.

Maybe the only real reason for securing the border.

It is also true that we need to allow our citizens to travel freely but aliens need to have a reason to be here because we don't want our workforce flooded with people from out of the country because we really don't have enough jobs to go around.

What? The first part of the sentence is weird, and the second part of the sentence is just wrong.

In our country we have a system of education that is supposed to prepare our citizens to be good citizens and make a living within our society. Who knows about people from outside of our borders?

I think this is the sentiment chaos engineer was hinting at above. I won't call this idea racist, but radar, this statement is xenophobic. And kind of funny- I know some illegal immigrants with way stronger work ethics and morals than people "educated" and "instilled" with American values. But anecdotal stories never get us anywhere.

Do you let just anyone into your house, or do you screen people who don't live there before you let them in? If you let them in, it is probably just for short time and not permanent. If not, let me know and next time I am in town I can avoid paying for a hotel room!

The home/country analogy just doesn't work in this context, Radar.