All indications are that Carl Rove and the House Republicans plan to make illegal immigrantion a big issue in this year’s Congressional campaigns. Illegal immigrants will be described as the biggest problem facing America and they will be accused of destroying everything we hold dear. A number of solutions will be offered for the problem such as the now familiar strengthening border security, making sure illegal immigrants cannot get welfare or other forms of government assistance and making English the official language. Other suggested solutions will include legal sanctions against landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and national identity cards.
Increasing border security has not been effective in the past and will not be any more effective in the future. Restricting where illegal immigrants can live will just move the problem from one place to another. Laws requiring English will not stop anyone from coming. Very few illegal immigrants know anything about our welfare and government assistance programs so changing them would have no effect on illegal immigration. The only thing that would stop the illegal immigrants from coming would be if they could no longer find employment in this country. They are coming because they are looking for work and they have heard that there are jobs here.
Putting Americans who hire illegal immigrants in jail is the one thing that would reduce the numbers of illegal immigrants coming into our country. Because corporations and farmers who hire illegal immigrants have a lot of clout in the Republican Party it will never be mentioned by the Republicans as a possible solution to the problem. As you listen to the politicians talking about this issue remember that anyone who claims to be interested in reducing the number of illegal immigrants coming to America who does not propose employer sanctions is just engaging in demagoguery.