Common Sense Missing in the Immigration Reform Debacle
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2011 – While the country may thrill to the cry of equality for everyone, the reality is that is not going to happen anytime soon.
“You may recall that the basic idea behind the founding of America was that everyone would have a fair crack at living the dream in the U.S. Unfortunately, two camps got into the fray – the left and right. The left says all illegal immigrants deserve amnesty and that the other guys push for deportation and detention. One wonders where the middle of the road common sense went,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida.
It seems there is no middle of the road when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform. It is either the left or the right that claims to be correct, and never the twain shall meet. “Which brings up a really interesting question,” Rifkin said, “and that is, if the left is right and the right is right, just what is the supposed solution to illegal immigration?”
Is comprehensive immigration reform, indeed any immigration reform, subject to the rules of common sense? “While that may be possible, there would have to be a whole pile of people who would have to agree to leave their personal agendas at home and just focus on what is best for the immigrants and the nation in the long-term,” Rifkin said.
Could immigration reform be dealt with following the simple rules of the law of supply and demand? The prevailing theory is that if the immigration system needs to be revamped, the number of illegals reduced, better border control and a streamlined immigration system adopted, then the country needs to let more immigrants into the country, work on a guest worker program and hold illegals responsible for fines or back taxes – just like everyone else. That bears repeating, treating illegals just like everyone else, instead of trying to ship them back home; an interesting concept.
Currently, many politicians cry that amnesty is the solution, but they do not go any further with that idea. “What happens after amnesty is granted? For instance, you may recall that in 1986, the government tried limited amnesty and it flopped. What it did accomplish was more illegals coming to the U.S. over the next few years. In other words, it backfired miserably,” Rifkin said.
Some pundits regard the death of the DREAM Act as a good thing and liken it to the failed amnesty program in 1986. They insist that had the DREAM Act passed, it would have created a monster for border control issues. “Is there an answer or solution to what needs to be done to deal with the issue of illegal immigrants in the U.S.? Likely there is, but the chances of getting everyone on board to try it may be slim to nil. That’s the problem with comprehensive immigration reform; it’s like trying to nail Jell-o to a fence,” Rifkin said.
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