Another week has passed by and the hope and dreams of immigration reform have been stifled. Many individuals believe that the Senate’s failure to enact the DREAM Act illustrated that good policy is not enough to make the legislation work. And on the other side of the spectrum, the GOP members of the House introduced their pledge, “Pledge to America,” which is promising more deportation-driven strategies in order to help solve our immigration crises. The pledge plans to take action to secure the borders and to start this with enforcing laws. The pledge promises to “ensure that the Border Patrol has the essential tools and authorities to establish operational control at the Border as well as ban the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from interfering with the Border Patrol enforcement activities on federal land.”
The Pledge of America will work with the state and local officials to enforce our immigration laws by addressing the illegal immigration problem and the Mexican drug cartel through enacting a “hands-on approach” regarding these matters. The Pledge also will strengthen visa security to stop terrorism in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security will be required to review all visa applications that rank as high risk and “prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visa’s revoked.”
The message being portrayed to America is that we are in need of secure operational control of the border, working with the state and local officials to enforce the law, and strengthening visa security, which would bring about security, enforcement, and strength. Some believe that this recommended pledge suggests that the Border Patrol is in need of money to do their job, the undocumented immigrants and drug cartels are involved in a much bigger issue of conflict that requires a “hands-on approach”, and questions whether or not the State Department is doing enough to screen terrorists as well as future terrorist happenings.
Plainly said, the pledge brings up issues that have driven an immigration enforcement agenda for the past several years. Individuals in the United States claim they want solutions to these types of issues and its goes beyond “tough talk”. Research proves that the number of undocumented border crossings is currently low (which may be due to the economic depression) but, the number of border crossings is likely to take a turn and start rising again, once the economy recovers from the depression. This issue brings about many questions such us, “When will the border ever be secure enough to enact comprehensive immigration reform?”This question needs to be answered by our government leaders and a plan must be implemented.
The immigration system is so complicated and yet many agree upon the fact that enforcement in this country is just not enough to put away our immigration woes. Our immigration system is in need of a major overhaul due to the fact that there is already over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. By reconstructing our immigration system, a solid base on which to build a solid immigration system would help the country succeed in the upcoming years.
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