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Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Wall

I am not amongst the “build a wall” camp. Some are calling for the erection of a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. Think of the borders along which there are or have been walls – North and South Korea, East and West Germany. Border walls, to me, carry a negative connotation.

In my opinion, the U.S. should open its borders to immigrants from its southern neighbor. Grant them citizenship, and these immigrants can pay taxes like the rest of us. People who rail against illegal immigration argue that unauthorized aliens deplete resources, largely in the fields of education and healthcare. For every statistic immigration opponents cite in favor of their position, there is an equally convincing statistic to the contrary. Mexican immigrants are not inclined to seek medical treatment, even in emergency cases, according to some sources. They still pay sales taxes. Employers withhold from unauthorized immigrants’ wages, but the illegals never see any of those withholdings.

Although they comprise a significant number of our criminal defendant clients, they do not come here seeking a free ride. They perform jobs that native-born Americans are not willing to perform, for wages below that which other Americans are willing to accept. Housing costs in the south are so much lower than prices in the northeast because there is a ready supply of migrant laborers in this region.

I support granting citizenship to any person who seeks it, provided that such applicants are not undesirables (i.e., criminals, terrorists) from other countries. What have we to fear from hard-working, tax-paying, low wage-earning citizens?

4 Comments:

  • I'm all for building this wall only if Hasselhoff can be there when we tear it down.

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 7:21 AM, February 02, 2006  

  • I spent some time at the DMZ in Korea, it's something that is difficult to describe.

    I don't know that I'm pro-immigration. I like immigration limits and controls. I think a wall is a little extraneous, though.

    By Blogger Steve, at 7:40 AM, February 02, 2006  

  • There is no reason not to turn them into tax paying Americans, which few people understand. Most immigrants are hard working people who do thing I would never dream of for money.

    As long as they pay taxes, buy land, pay property taxes and smile in public I have no use for a wall.

    Wonder what that wall is going to cost?

    By Blogger ConroeTexas, at 11:38 AM, February 03, 2006  

  • The expense of constructing a wall is a good point.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 7:03 PM, February 03, 2006  

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