Immigration, the newspaper says, is ‘bedeviling” Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. It’s also bedeviling Speaker John Boehner. And half the Republicans in Washington.
It’s a knotty problem.
Part of the politicians have decided it’s best to send every single illegal immigrant back to where they came from – but no one’s quite sure how to go about rounding up 10 to 20 million people.
Another group of politicians, who’re mostly Democrats, want to make all the illegal immigrants citizens.
And, as a sort of compromise, a third group of politicians propose to let the illegal immigrants stay here but not make them citizens.
It gets more complex.
Groups like the Farm Bureau say they desperately need workers and without illegal immigrants the crops won’t get picked.
And, to make it more complex still, amid all this hollering, no one’s answered a couple of questions.
For instance, how, in the middle of a recession with high unemployment, is there a lack of workers? Is there really no one to hire? Or are the farmers simply looking for cheap immigrant labor?
Farmers have given their answer to that question loud and clear.
But isn’t there an independent study by Harvard or North Carolina State that proves it’s a stone cold fact unemployed workers won’t touch a job on a farm with a ten foot pole?
There’s another question.
Out of the ten million or so illegal immigrants living here now there must be at least one who’s a saint. Or genius.
Should we deport saints and geniuses? Or let them stay here?
There’re also bound to be some thugs and gang members among the illegals. If we make everyone a citizen, what do we do about them?
The politicians are treating illegal immigrants as a class which is a lot simpler than treating people as individuals – but wouldn’t it be more practical to ship the ne’re-do-wells home and allow the saints and geniuses to stay?
Sorting out the good guys and bad guys would be another complex problem but, instead of answering tough questions, all we hear is politicians howling: Keep ‘em all here. Send ‘em all home.