Saturday, June 29, 2013

How Many Liberals Oppose Immigration Reform And How To Engage Them

I am all pretty pro immigration reform but as a matter of getting an important article out I wanted to post this piece A Liberal Reason To Oppose Immigration Reform .

There are a lot more T.A. Franks out there than people realize but for various reason they feel the need to be silent. A good bit of this has to do that the largely progressive forces of immigration reform that control the message are in a place where they don't encounter this views. Its class , housing patterns and economics again .

 On twitter I often come across Obama voting Republican cursing  liberals that go hey what on this immigration reform business. I also encounter that in my personal one on one talks

Some of these concerns are shared by both right and left. They will be the ones to be affected .

I think so much of this is how one views the economics of immigration. I see the long term needed pluses for our nation.  This might come from whole Republican Free Trade Free Markets mindset .However we should be aware that the folks opposing this are quite right that there might be a some significant short term cost as to $$$ ( and States are cutting budgets to the bone as it is  ) and other factors .

However in the end they are here and we are not going to deport them so we got to do something. Which is why I am never sure what the anti immigration reform alternative is.

One important point. The issue that by doing this we might just set up another wave of illegal immigration is a important one. For that reason I am not totally against having Pathway to Citizenship linked to certain border security triggers. It would give an incentive to do something  about it and something might get done.

That's also an position Catholic Justice groups might need to endorse if they want in the end a immigration bill to even get out the House.

Anyway its a sign that liberals need not to be assuming that the concerns  tooppose immigration reform are not without merit and must be engaged.


Anonymous said...

T.A. Frank is a voice in the wilderness of elite opinion. The reason that liberals don't speak out is that unless they have an impeccable reputation, they are called a racist. Illegal immigration could be fixed by simply making E-Verify mandatory and stepping up interior enforcement, and then deporting people when they are caught here illegally. As the late, liberal Congresswoman Barbara Jordan said in 1995, "Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave ... The top priorities for detention and removal, of course, are criminal aliens. But for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

James H said...

I so agree with u. I mean in the end E Verify is the answer and you keying in on interior enforcement is key

Anonymous said...

The important thing is to get the criminals out of the country and to make sure that they can never come back. They tell me that there is 11 million criminal aliens in this country, and even that seems like a low estimate when they say that one out of ten people in Southern California are aliens who have invaded our borders. We must never again listen to the liars who claim that making a pathway to citizenship for criminal invaders of our country is a way to shore up our borders. They made that claim 20 years ago, and gave amnesty to the criminal invaders and made "citizens" out of them, and just look where it lead! What we must do is make our borders impenetrable, round up the criminal invaders and send them back to their own country, and make sure that they can never again enter the country for any reason.