Some links on U.S. immigration history. If I get around to it, I’d like to see what the results of the different policies were. Unintended consequences seem to be the rule when it comes to government policy. I think before we charge headlong into an immigration reform debate, we should look at what we are reforming, what the results of those policies has been. My predisposition is that the policies are not as much what need reforming, as the adherence to them. Reforming a policy that we have no intention of adhering to seems like a waste of effort.
My initial impression is that the reform being called for in the streets is nothing more than demanding amnesty without regard to the violated and unenforced policies themselves. If our policy is to ignore the laws, then grant amnesty to those who broke them, then there is no point in giving politicians photo ops for changing laws that will then be ignored both by violators and enforcers.
note: Some of the links here seem a little off of my own sense of fairness, but I post them here for interest in the discussion. Numbers, in particular, seem to be a constant contentious point. Before quoting them, look into them. And just because a site claims they are inaccurate, don’t forget that the people disputing them also have a bias.
There are a number of sites that I consider racist, or nearly so, discussing this issue. I try not to link to anyone advocating racism, but at the same time, ethnicity has a historical role in our country’s immigration policy. If the numbers 73% of 20 Million are remotely accurate, ethnicity plays a role in our current immigration discussion. A couple terms in the democrats health insurance tax law, “linguistic and cultural competency” come to mind. Laws are being written today, in my view unconstitutionally, with racial preferences. If our government is willing to write laws with racial bias, it is inescapably part of the discussion. Indeed, one need look no further than questions 8 and 9 on the 2010 U.S. Census to see that ethnicity is increasingly becoming a determining factor in our current government policy.
The act of 1802 reaffirmed that every State and Territorial court was considered a district court within the meaning of the laws pertaining to naturalization
Cost of Illegal Immigration (remember to check multiple sources when numbers are being cited, and it doesn’t hurt to check into the sources.)
Statistics (actually just a bookmark for further reading when I have time, but it looks interesting).
I’m a little wary of this site, but they’ve been talking about immigration for a long time.