I’m not a man who just jumps in with the quick response, “Deport them All!” Yes, they broke the law and I agree they have to be deported and even more important, our borders need to be secured right away. However, that will not stop the flow of illegal immigration nor curb the high cost of fighting it. The decisions made by our politicians seem to always be a solution for the reaction, not the cause. So rather than a quick answer, let’s start asking some questions regarding how do we eliminate the source of the Illegal immigration. First we need to ask, “Why have we had such an influx in illegal immigrants?” Then we need to ask, “Why do they want to come here in the first place?” One answer may seem obvious, but not so fast. The answer to the first question is NAFTA and the other trade agreements (TPP, CAFTA, LA PAZ etc). As a part of NAFTA, the US began to subsidize US foods that are also grown in Mexico. (e.g. subsidies: US government gives borrowed money, paid by our inflation tax, to select US companies allowing them to sell their foods for less than their competitors. In this case, Mexican Farmers are the competition.) Anytime the government interferes with the free market, (Picks winners and losers with Fed Money) it is called corporate cronyism, which becomes Fascism. (See my response on the TPP)
NAFTA also includes free trade of labor, which means, Illegal immigration is encouraged by our government and by the corporations that benefit from cheaper labor. So if Mexican Farmers can’t compete with the US subsidies, they go out of business. So where do you think they go to find work? And let’s get real, if you can’t feed your family, what would you do? If your family was starving, wouldn’t you be more inclined to break the law rather than watching your children die of starvation? And would it not be an easier decision to make if the government’s laws you are breaking would not be enforced? Your honest answer has to be yes. Now, let’s combine that with the Obama Administration’s Fast and Furious scandal. The combination of my children starving to death, losing my business, and the threat of being killed by a drug cartel armed by the Obama Administration, would make me leave the country without packing.
So the first thing your congressman needs to understand is the cause of the problems we face in America not the symptoms. In many of the cases, US foreign policy and quick decisions, without considering the consequences, become the cause. Once this is realized by the American people, then a more effective and less expensive solution can be determined.
Answering the second question, “Why do immigrants want to come here in the first place?” The answer is truly obvious, their country is so bad and they understand that America is a better place to live. But we, the American people, do not want illegal immigration. So, like running a business and working with employees, we have to make it easier for them to do it right than wrong. No, I do not mean changing our laws to increase immigration. I mean, we have to lead by example and work with Mexico to become a better place for Mexicans to live.
So as a Congressman, what I would want to do is fix the problems that we have created. Repeal the trade agreements and work with the Mexican government to get our Fast and Furious weapons out of the drug cartels’ hands. Then, get our house in order and lead by example instead of force.
On the point of getting our house in order, do our immigration laws need to be reviewed? Yes. As a matter of fact, maybe we should review who is actually driving policy. Our entire Bar Association needs not only to be reviewed, but investigated. For instance, to whom does a title of nobility (ie. Esquire) actually report? I’m sure the American people would love to hear the truth regarding the first 13th Amendment Ratified in 1812. That will be a topic of our town hall tour. Be sure to join us.