Diary

Why We Must Control the Border

There are strong reasons to control the border. These are my reasons to control the border:
1) We need to prevent criminals and gang members from crossing. Most of the victims of the criminals are recent immigrants themselves. The only way we can sort out and prevent the criminal invasion (even if it is only a very tiny percentage of those coming to America illegally) is to control the border.
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2) We need to control the mix of who is coming. Suppose a large batch of immigrants were all carpenters, the burden on American carpenters would be very hard. The millions of immigrants who come across our borders illegally each year are usually unskilled workers. This unbalanced group of mostly low skill workers drives down the wages of unskilled American workers and creates tremendous economic hardship to immigrants as well. A staggering 75% of adults whose parent immigrated from Mexico are on some form of government aid (compared to 36% of parents born in American, 25% of parents born in South Korean, and 33% of parents born in China) according to Center for Immigration Studies report.
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A more balanced approach would allow say 25% unskilled, 50% with special skills of various kinds, and 25% entrepreneurs. This type of combination, even if they still all came from Mexico and South America, would not create a severe hardship on any one class of workers. The higher skill immigrants and entrepreneurial immigrants would also likely create good opportunities for the low skill workers to advance and move into the middle or upper classes. Thus creating more job opportunities and increasing the likelihood of being a positive influence on America. With the stronger economy and more jobs, there would be more opportunities for all Americans and creating more room for people wanting to come to America in the future.
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Right now the mix is wrong and the immigrants themselves are feeling the effects. A recent study showed that for immigrants entering the US with low education, their kids likely would end up in the bottom 20% of wage earners (sorry can’t find citation). While immigrants entering the US with a college education, their kids likely end up in the top 20% of wage earners. Therefore, the American dream of moving up the ladder does not work for those whose parents entered the US with low education.
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Correcting the mix and creating opportunities for these lower skill workers can only be achieved if we limit the number of low skill workers (low education workers) entering the country in favor of more higher skill workers better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities America offers. And with fewer low skill workers to compete against, the wages of the remaining low skill workers, both domestic and immigrant, will rise thus creating more opportunities for advancement. Finding this proper mix can only be done if we control the border. 
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With the proper mix, more immigrants would find success in America and more would appreciate the great economic and political system that enabled their advancement. This can only be achieved if we control the border
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3) It is a fairness issue. Nobody likes a line jumper. Think how mad we get when we’ve been waiting a long time in line and someone jumps to the front.
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We talk about all the hardships of those who would have to return to their native land. But what about the hardships of those who followed the rules by following our immigration process and are still suffering in their native lands? Don’t those who followed our laws deserve more consideration for relieving their hardships than those who broke our laws? This fairness can only be achieved if we control the border
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4) It is also about making sure any laws we pass now will be followed in the future. If we grant amnesty to those who broke our laws, the next group of people will understandably think that there is no reason to obey our immigration laws because we haven’t done so in the past. The only way for people to believe that we will enforce whatever laws we pass in the future is to enforce our current laws. This can only be demonstrated if we control the border now.
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5) Immigrants come to America to escape the horrible economic/social conditions of their native land. What many immigrants do not understand is that the social and economic structures they left behind might have played a role in creating the very conditions they are trying to escape.
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It is similar to liberals who leave California for neighboring states because they can’t stand the high taxes, corruption, and poor social structure in California. Yet they continue with their liberal voting practices in their new home state. And then seem confused when the problems they thought they left behind follow them to their new state–not realizing the connection between their liberal voting and the very decline they were trying to escape.
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If too many immigrants arrive at the same time, rather than creating social connections with Americans, and in so doing, learning to appreciate the good (and bad) things about our culture; they may end up forming social connections only within their own immigrant group–in effect duplicating the very same culture here and the concomitant social/economic problems.
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Only through the slow process of assimilation to American society can they learn and appreciate American social and political values, and give Americans a chance to welcome them into our culture and with these social connections, the immigrants will have a better understanding of the importance to our social/economic structures in creating our tremendous wealth.
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While history has shown that we are capable of assimilating a large number of immigrants, it has also shown we need to use proper methods to help immigrants join our society.
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One of the methods of assimilating immigrants that the US required in the past was that each immigrant family had to have a sponsor. The sponsor, in addition to being financial responsible for the immigrant and their family, was also charged with helping the immigrant “learn the ropes”– i.e. teach the immigrant about  American society and how to become part of it.
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Returning to a sponsorship system would go a long way in solving many of our immigration issues.  However, efforts such as a sponsorship system, require knowing who needs the assistance and finding enough resources to provide  assistance. Given that we have a limited amount of resources, such as people willing to be sponsors, we must limit how many people can immigrate each year. The only way to limit the number of people immigrating each year is to control the border.
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Therefore, I have shown that:
1) To prevent criminals from crossing the border, we must control the border.
2) To get the proper mix of labor skills, we must control the border.
3) To be fair to those who follow our laws, we must control the border.
4) To ensure people will obey future immigration laws, we must control the border.
5) To create systems that will help immigrants better integrate into our society, we must control the border.
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Controlling the border is imperative. That is why those who refuse to control our border, excuse those who violate our borders, or would give amnesty to those who violate our borders are harming America and are unworthy of our support.