Immigration is one of the most difficult and emotion-laden issues facing the United States and is certain to play a key role in the next presidential election.
On one hand you have people who favor admitting immigrants to the country through an orderly process, and there are sound economic reasons for doing just that as a huge population bubble becomes eligible for Social Security and Medicare. New immigrants could shore up those programs with their contributions
On the other side are those who don’t want more people coming in and clogging up our cities and roads, especially people who arrive illegally. Even though there is plenty of room for millions of new arrivals, they would surely affect the character of the United States for better or worse. Millions of people prefer the country to remain unchanged and prefer to seal off the borders.
Criminals from other countries
Both sides, however, pretty much agree that the last thing we need is people coming to America who have committed crimes in other countries and are likely to be outlaws here as well.
Take for example the case of an Eastern European man who was recently deported from the United States. He originally tried to entry the country from the south, along the Mexican border, but had no papers and was put in custody.
Shortly after, he was released on recognizance with an order to appear in court. While he was out roaming free, it was learned that he was wanted in his own country for attempted murder.
Arrested on theft charges
Meanwhile, he was twice arrested on theft charges in a city on the East Coast. Finally authorities put the pieces together and he was eventually put on a flight back to Europe, where he was arrested as he stepped off the airplane.
Not the type of person we should welcome into this country.
In the past fiscal year, according to government statistics, more than 300,000 people were removed from the United States. That number includes convicted criminals, fugitives and those attempting illegal entry.
Hospitality is fine and dandy for decent, law-abiding people who come here through legal channels. As a first step toward updating U.S. immigration laws so they are more in tune with today’s reality, however we should redouble our efforts to keep creeps and criminals from crossing the border.