Congress - and the Administration - should make note of the first rule of the time-tested Physician's Oath: "First, do no harm."
The "stone soup" now simmering in Washington promises to do just the opposite.
- It will -for the first time - make it possible to "buy" American citizenship.
- It will -at the same time - re-institute the ancient evil of indentured servitude,as large companies make reimbursement for citizenship costs part of their incentive package-(in exchange for a "tame",underpaid workforce,of course.)
- It will increase the flow of aliens across our borders.
- It will establish a huge,cumbersome bureaucracy to establish largely unenforceable,often conflicting rules and regulations. (The real purpose of this bureaucracy will soon become the guiding principle of bureaucracies everywhere: Preserve the bureaucracy at all costs: increasing its size and influence whenever possible.)
- It will-down the road-create political nightmares:
- Political corruption in the form of massive "vote buying";
- Massive unrest all around.
Let me - at risk of life and limb- suggest a more sensible approach.
- Build a suitable Border fence ; but leave it a "virtual fence" in one or two key locations,so there will be a sort of "safety valve",which permits small numbers of aliens to enter.
- Make sure there are enough courts to handle immigration cases promptly.
- Make sure there are adequate detention facilities-including, when neccessary-temporary or ad hoc detention camps.
- Enforce existing immigration laws to the fullest extent practical-but keep in mind there will always be people "living in the shadows" because:
- The "shadow people" offer themselves up for exploition;
- There is still a need for their exploitable labor.
In other words, patch the "broken border" and tweak the status quo a bit to help keep things manageable. It's not the sort of solution that's apt to appeal to the "nativists" or the "open borders" advocates; and it's not the sort of approach politicians will be able to brag about.
It's merely old-fashioned common sense.