So now that I discussed the reasons people come to this country, and why that won’t be changing any time soon, I want to talk about what the citizens of the United States can do about this influx of people suffering from injustice in their home countries, in transit, and once they have arrived here.
- Nothing. I don’t like this option, as I think it better to do something about injustice.
- Try to keep the migrating people out. An awful lot of time and money is already being spent on this option, and it doesn’t seem to be working. It is increasing the amount of injustice the migrants suffer, however.
- Help the migrants as they come into this country and try to address injustice they suffer in this country. I like this option better, as it is an attempt to address injustice, but I still find it inadequate. Like the old story of the babies floating down the river, we can’t just save the suffering, we must go upstream to solve the problem at its source.
- Solve the problems that bring people to this country, away from their homes and families, to work in miserable conditions for low pay. As I mentioned in passing in each of the preceding 3 parts, these problems are quite complicated, ranging in part from labor law enforcement to the war on drugs to immigration law. I’m sure there are additional complications I haven’t even thought of.
Number 4 is my preferred option, but very, very difficult. To solve it would mean that fewer people are torn from their families to suffer the dangerous journey north, and those who still came would find good working conditions, decent pay, and a life without fear.
Will you join me on this path? What are your ideas for dealing with the injustice of illegal immigration to the United States? Tell me in the comments.
- Thoughts on Immigration, Part One (uucifsocialjustice.wordpress.com)
- Central America: The tormented isthmus (economist.com)
- Thoughts on Immigration, Part Two (uucifsocialjustice.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts on Immigration, Part Three (uucifsocialjustice.wordpress.com)
- Mayor Bloomberg: Immigration Key To Rescuing Detroit (newyork.cbslocal.com)