"Until we secure our borders, end chain migration, eliminate the visa lottery system, our 'dreamer' issue is bound to repeat. I really don't believe this is what our Founders had in mind for this country."
Yesterday I made a huge boo-boo on a post. I confused "anchor babies" with "dreamers". I was corrected gently by a friend of mine, and then not so gently (and rightly so) by someone I don't know, when she called my article "fake news". In reality, due to the magnitude of the error, it was "fake news". I issued a mea culpa on the article, and then on my FB page. But it is over, I have taken the article down (even though I corrected it), and it is time to move on.
But out of everything bad can come some good. It allowed me to think deeper about our immigration system. Why it is so confusing. Why it is so controversial. Coming into this country we have people who are legal immigrants, illegal immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, chain migration, visa lottery, TPS (Temporary Protective Status), I-9 visa holders, student visa holders, and so forth. Is our immigration broken like so many on the Left believe it is? No, but we have sure made it about as complicated as it need be.
A word about "anchor babies", even though it is the "dreamers" right now which are getting all the press. Every now an again, the "anchor baby" issue pops up to the surface. Does our Constitution allow for anyone born on United States soil to be a citizen? Yes. Under the Fourteen Amendment, it does. This Amendment, originally penned in 1868, was part of reconstruction after the Civil War. It was to ensure former slaves were treated fairly - that they would be considered to be citizens. That WAS the intent.
Do you want to know how our immigration system has becomes so abused? Here is one example. A few years ago on a cable show, I remember people from two opposing sides discussing the "anchor baby" issue. First off, many on the Left hate that term. They think it is disrespectful. Then the discussion turned to the "unfairness" of breaking up families. Again, someone on the Left suggested that if a baby was born here, we should all efforts to keep the family together. In other words, make the parents legal also, just to keep the family together. Not to have the entire family stay together by going back to their country of origin. Nope. The entire family stays together and stays here - legally.
So how do we fix the "dreamer" issue? These kids who were dragged across the border by illegal parents? How do we keep those families together? If we granted amnesty to those "dreamers", whose numbers range somewhere between 800,000 and 4,000,000, what about the rest of the illegal family? Can you already hear the Left clamoring to let all the family stay over here? Maybe even grandma and grandpa or aunts and uncles. Is this starting to sound a bit like chain migration?
Why is this issue so important to President Trump and the Republicans in Congress? That fixing the "dreamer" issue needs to be coupled with fixing some parts of our immigration system? Because they, like the rest of us, have seen this movie before. Until we secure our borders, end chain migration, eliminate the visa lottery system, our "dreamer" issue is bound to repeat. I really don't believe this is what our Founders had in mind for this country.