Senate Immigration Bill - From a Perch in Maryland Suburbia
Mar. 11th, 2008
10:44 am - Senate Immigration Bill
My letter to congress/the president via congress.org around bill S.2717 which gives local law enforcement authority, training, and recourses to enforce immigration laws. Please go to the site and write your own letter. If you look at the letters people have shared, there are many more supporting the bill than opposing it.
George W. Bush (R)
Michael Mukasey, Attorney General
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Representative Chris Van Hollen Jr. (D-MD 8th)
I am concerned that this legislation encourages a mentality of demonizing a group of people based on nationality and ethnicity, especially since the legal status of any immigrant is only a matter of concern to the federal government.
If there is an interest in providing local resources to help with immigration, it should be in the form of bureaucratic agencies to aid in cleaning up the procedural side, not law enforcement agencies.
Although I don't really understand why immigration is illegal at all for otherwise innocent people, for those who consider it a real problem, the most obvious solution seems to me to be repealing NAFTA or enact some other form of trade benefit for Mexico. If we can boost Mexico's economy so that it is self-sustainably strong and has a surplus of jobs for its people, there would be far less immigration to the US.