McCain Versus Obama on Immigration: Is the US the Melting Pot or the Stagnation Pot?

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Obama’s Position

Obama says much less about immigration, but his position is similar.

Create Secure Borders

Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. He supports additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.
Improve Our Immigration System

Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.
Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally

Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Bring People Out of the Shadows

Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.
Work with Mexico

Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

Our Response

Gentleman, you both have it all wrong. Your priorities are all screwed up. Protecting our borders is the least of our worries. Do you really think that building miles of border fence costing billions of dollars will help? We have news. These folks can tear down and cut through your fences faster than you can build them.

Obama seems to have some niceties stated, in fact both candidates do, about reuniting families, but they also seem overly protectionist, talking about deporting people that may be good workers and contributors to society.

Both say they want to bring in people to help society, but if you increase security beyond where it is, as you both imply, you will fail to help any of them in time for it to make any difference.

We should be focused on loosening our borders, primarily to those that will assist America in advancing its tax base and its educated work force. If we don’t take these people in, other nations will benefit from their education.

One just has to use a small bit of their brain to realize that it costs much less for education outside the US. That is primarily for the same reason we cannot manufacture items here, because the labor is cheaper, including for those that teach. Bringing educated people here helps us, it does not hurt us.

Here is our plan, and we believe at least one Presidential candidate should adopt it.

1. Simplify the immigration laws, making it affordable and more probable that those wanting access to our society as new citizens can easily immigrate. The current quagmire of paperwork and the qualifications for immigration are absurd, and it has converted the United States from the melting pot into the stagnation pot.

2. We agree that amnesty should not be offered outright. Amnesty favors border nations like Mexico over other nations like India, China and Europe. We believe all nations deserve equal rights to immigrate, and we believe amnesty would take up all the available space with those from border nations.

3. Leave the borders the freak alone. There is nothing you can do. We have thousands of miles of borders, we cannot possibly police them all. Instead focus on the workplaces making it less profitable and feasible to do business with illegal immigrants. If they can’t make money here, they won’t come.

4. Eliminate the born here and you are automatically a citizen rule. If you are born to an illegal immigrant, you too remain an illegal immigrant. We have met people that explicitly come to America when they are pregnant, planning the trip and pregnancy to explicitly make their child a citizen. This law is antiquated in a modern world where international travel takes hours, not days or years.

5. Here we agree mostly with John McCain. Get rid of the backlog. People wait their entire lives to get here that would help our society. By the time they get here legally, they are near or ready for retirement.

We do not see either candidate addressing the real problems. The primary problems with immigration are not illegal immigrants. It is that we are not bringing in people beneficial to our society fast enough. Our biggest asset as a nation is that people from other countries want to live here. How can you deprive deserving people throughout the world of that benefit, if we also would benefit from their participation in our society? It is win-win and it is foolish to ignore the opportunity.

Both candidates have it backwards, but at least John took the time to think about it. Obama seems to address it all with no plan and no insight.

So, reluctantly, we say that we would rather have a candidate with a plan than one with none at all.

Round 5: McCain

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