The verdict is in on illegal immigration. There’s been outrage over this in conservative circles since it came up. Frankly, I don’t know what Bush is thinking sometimes. He says it’s not amnesty, but what exactly is your definition of a bill that says, “Yeah, you came here illegally, but it’s okay. Just sign here and give us a few thousand bucks, and you can stay! No worries about the registration process. It’s all good.” I’m sorry. I’m all for helping people get a better life, but illegal immigrants are a serious drain on our economy and we don’t even know where they are. Condoning it will only encourage it.
The border? It needed tightened…years ago. This to me is one of Bush’s biggest failures. If we’re so extremely worried about the war on terror, why have we left our borders gaping for so long, allowing anybody to waltz over from South America or Canada, and wreak havoc? Do we need to deal with terrorism in Iraq, Iran, North Korea? Certainly. It’s time we started using all our non-military means of squeezing supporters of terrorism before we move in. But if we don’t try to secure the borders, it could all be in vain. Build the walls and establish more efficient processes of registration and validation (and it shouldn’t require hundreds of pages of new legislation to accomplish it). In doing so, we’ll reward those who try to come here legally and give them their proper place in the waiting line.