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Action is needed at once on immigration reform
Action is needed at once on immigration reform
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Reading a Fox News report about the “'Wave of humanity': Border Patrol overwhelmed by flow of illegal immigrants,” by John Roberts evokes a plethora of emotional responses including this short list:

1. Stop this
2. Change the rules
3. Fine and sanction the host countries

See the annotated list.

People, often young parents or mothers with children, come from Central America with the intention of getting stopped at the border from where they know that they will be dispersed and distributed to await due process. Their whereabouts and treatment will be better than the life that they left behind. Their uncertain future is more hopeful too.

The problem is not the people, the illegal immigrants. The problem is the host country. The problem isn’t that we don’t have rules for dealing with them. The trouble is that the rules aren’t working. The problem is that American taxpayers are paying high cost for immigration management without getting high return and effective results.

Congress appears unable, inept, and politically dysfunctional when it comes to correcting the problem that is just getting worse. We cannot wait for the midterm elections to address it, even though we will be forced to by a recalcitrant Congress.

“Perhaps the biggest part of the problem is that most of the immigrants from Central America want to get caught. The Border Patrol calls them "walkers," because they walk right up to officers and surrender, knowing it will be a long time – if ever -- before they have to go home.”

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“From last October to the end of May, 162,000 people from countries "other than Mexico" have entered the United States across the southern border. That’s a nearly 100 percent increase from the previous year. Three-quarters of those crossed in the Rio Grande Valley. Among them were 47,017 unaccompanied children, sent by family in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Nicaragua to join relatives in the United States.”

1. Stop this
1. Stop this John Moore/Getty Images

1. Stop this

To eliminate the problem requires that the US State Department a the direction of the President address the individual nations that are the sources of illegal immigration.

Guatemala: Half of the population is living at or below the poverty level.

“Remittances from Guatemalans who fled to the United States during the civil war now constitute the largest single source of foreign income (two thirds of exports and one tenth of GDP).[45]”

The problem is that U.S. immigration policy permitted immigration from Guatemala instead of working with the government to effectively keep the citizens in their home nation. Foreign aid and trade policy need to address how to provide sufficient incentive and opportunity to keep citizens in their home country. Consideration should be given to repatriating Guatemalans who are here illegally or without citizenship. Send them home.

Honduras: This country is horribly dangerous. Because the U.S. is experiencing illegal immigration from this place, it is imperative to address the high-crime nation on the basis of our national security.

“According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest rate of intentional homicide in the world, with 6,239 intentional homicides, or 82.1 per 100,000 of population in 2010. This is significantly higher than the rate in El Salvador, which at 66.0 per 100,000 in 2010, has the second highest rate of intentional homicide in the world.[51]”

While the U.S. is preoccupied with the Middle East, Honduras is burning as a nearby neighbor. It needs higher priority attention at once from the State Department.

El Salvador: There is one person on point who is responsible for this country and that is the President, Mauricio Funes.

It sounds like he is doing the right things.

“Since coming to power, Funes' administration has implemented a wide range of social reforms designed to combat poverty and inequality, including the institution of various poverty alleviation programs in the most impoverished communities,[11] the abolition of public health care fees,[12] the introduction of free shoes,[11] meals and uniforms for schoolchildren, the distribution of property titles to hundreds of families,[13] the introduction of monthly stipends and job training for those living in extreme poverty, and pensions for the elderly.[14] In addition, investments have been made in improving school infrastructure,[15] a presidential decree has been made against discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation in the public services, two working groups on indigenous affairs have been created as a means of bringing about better representation of the interests of El Salvador’s indigenous communities,[16] a community health plan has been introduced,[17] improvements have been made in teacher’s salaries, and measures have been introduced to combat illiteracy.[18]”

If El Salvador is continuing to be a problem, it is likely because the Obama administration, State Department, and Congress are neglecting them.

Nicaragua: President Ortega is still in power and wants to remain there even though his nation is in very bad shape.

“Nicaragua is among the poorest countries in the Americas.[94][95][96] Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in purchasing power parity (PPP) in 2008 was estimated at $17.37 billion USD.[3] Agriculture represents 17% of GDP, the highest percentage in Central America.[97] Remittances account for over 15% of the Nicaraguan GDP. Close to one billion dollars are sent to the country by Nicaraguans living abroad.[98] The economy grew at a rate of about 4% in 2011.[3]”

After reviewing these countries, the only effective way to address them is through their leaders and via aggressive foreign policy. The U.S. should consider sanctions against political leaders who fail to get a grip on the immigration problem they are creating for America.

2. Change the rules
2. Change the rules Giles Clarke/Getty Images

2. Change the rules

It is imperative to employ swift transport of illegal immigrants right back to the capital of their origin. Accelerate due process to return them. Consider sanctioning individual elected officials from the nations which fail to effectively prohibit illegal immigration to the U.S.

Readdress foreign policy to determine what else can be done to assist these nations in developing local job opportunities. Because these nations are potential food sources, address agricultural import rules to maximize advantage to them.

3. Fine and sanction the host countries
3. Fine and sanction the host countries GALLO/GETTY

3. Fine and sanction the host countries

After further review, it is hard to say that punishing the countries financially would do any good. The exception is to punish those who are wealthy and in high political office. That may get their attention. As suggested above, change the balance of consequences so that these sources of immigration trouble have more to gain by retaining their citizens than exporting them illegally.

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