Illegal immigration is a complex problem that deserves a more careful set of answers than what we have been offering. We may not like the idea of immigrants coming here without documents, and seek to punish them or put up walls to stop them. At the same time that we strengthen laws against illegal immigration or try to prevent their entry with a physical barrier, we also rely upon their cheap labor for food production, for putting a new roof on our home, for construction of a new building, to meet the most basic healthcare needs for our elderly, or in restaurants or other service industry businesses. We want the work of their hands, but don’t want to see their faces. We want the sweat of their brows, but not the more complicated problems that come with it..
We need a realistic policy that provides opportunities for work that we want done, an adequate and reasonable vetting process that can provide them with documentation, and protections for both sides of this equation when it comes to remuneration, assurances of employment, and healthcare that doesn’t bust the budgets of our local hospitals.
We need to reestablish the safeguards of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The young people whom I have met who would come under this program are some of the hardest working individuals I know. They are dedicated patriots who long to become citizens of the United States, the only home that most of them have known. We need their resourcefulness, their talent, and their commitment to this nation.