NPR.org, March 29, 2006 · To form my opinion on Illegal (IL.) immigrants I have to balance my love for America with my Christian morals of being the good samaritan. I want my kids, our schools and my neighbors to live a safe and prosperous life. At the same time I want those repressed and downtrodden immigrants to be able to come to the land of opportunity.
So how do we balance the Republican tide of shutting off the world, with the Democrat view of letting the masses in? This forces the Republicans to look like the bad guys and the Democrats to look like they're weak on defense. In either case, it's all smoke and mirror politics. One side is trying to make the other side look bad, so their side can win an election.
Who gains and who loses when you have IL. immigrants?
Pro – Immigrant makes money in America to send to family.
Pro – Business gets cheap work.
Pro – Business doesn’t have to pay taxes.
Pro – Business doesn’t have to pay for healthcare.
Pro – Business doesn’t have to contend with OSHA.
Pro – Upper class Americans can save money on maids, lawn care, etc.
Con – America loses money on taxes.
Con – America’s schools lose funds teaching kids of IL. immigrants.
Con – Middle- and lower class Americans lose jobs to IL. immigrants.
Con – Nation's hospitals lose money in charity treatment of IL. immigrants.
Con – Nation is forever in bilingual debate.
Con – Those that come to America legally are disadvantaged in comparison having spent so much effort.
Con - Lack of control on how many terrorists make it across the border.
Con – Increased crime; A criminal will never take the proper route.
So having done this I feel that immigrants and Republicans stand more to gain from a porous border at the expense of the nation's taxes, middle class and security.
We will extend the promise of citizenship to those still struggling for freedom. Today's immigration laws do not reflect our values or serve our security, and we will work for real reform. The solution is not to establish a massive new status of second-class workers; that betrays our values and hurts all working people. Undocumented immigrants within our borders who clear a background check, work hard and pay taxes should have a path to earn full participation in America. We will hasten family reunification for parents and children, husbands and wives, and offer more English-language and civic education classes so immigrants can assume all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. As we undertake these steps, we will work with our neighbors to strengthen our security so we are safer from those who would come here to harm us. We are a nation of immigrants, and from Arab-Americans in California to Latinos in Florida, we share the dream of a better life in the country we love.
Democrats support reforming the INS to provide better services, and investing the resources needed to reduce the backlog of citizenship applications from nearly two years to three months. Democrats also support increased resources for English language courses, which not only help newcomers learn our common language but also help us promote our common values. Family reunification should continue to be the cornerstone of our legal immigration system.
Source: Democratic National Platform Aug 15, 2000
Protect immigrants from exploitation by employers
We must punish employers who recruit undocumented workers in order to exploit them. We reject calls for guest worker programs that lead to exploitation. We should have equitable asylum policies that treat people the same whether they have fled violence from the Right and Left. We support restoration of basic due process protections, so that immigrants are no longer subject to deportation for minor offenses and are eligible to receive safety net services supported by their tax dollars.