March 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM
State ‘Dream Act’ passes in Washington House
U.S. makes immigration too easy
A man is trying to decide which of two countries he’ll immigrate to illegally. Both countries welcome legal immigrants, but he’s impatient and doesn’t want to stand in line with law-abiding immigrants.
Country A eventually rewards him with citizenship through amnesty. Until then, he gets health benefits, free education for his children and a driver’s license. Local governments prohibit police from checking whether he’s in the country illegally. Employers, who ignore immigration laws and are never penalized for doing so, immediately hire him. Children who accompany him across the border get in-state tuition, financial aid and eventual citizenship through amnesty. His children born after his illegal crossing receive immediate citizenship.
Country B does not reward him for breaking its immigration laws. Thus, no one in his family receives citizenship, health and education benefits (certainly not in-state tuition) or driver’s licenses. Law-enforcement agencies actually enforce immigration laws. Employers are required to verify that their employees are in the country legally, and employers are severely fined if they violate those requirements.
Which country do you think this gentleman, and millions like him, will enter illegally? And which country do you think has a huge illegal immigration problem, and which country doesn’t?
–Matthew Barry, Issaquah
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