James Davin works in Security in Washington D.C. and has been following current events and politics most of his life.
President Biden: Let's not deal with immigrants but the "grass" roots instead
Now that the inauguration is done we need to focus on our new
Biden administration.Rumor has it that President Biden
wants to pursue immigration reform that would give 11 million
immigrants a path to citizenship. This would be an unwise
path since this would not only be bad legislation
but also because the nature of this sort of legislation is
not compatible with our current Corona Virus situation.
We should also realize that there are other sorts of legislation
Biden could pursue
that better and more in sync with our current pandemic crisis.
WHY, WHY, WHY
Why is Biden's immigration legislation reform the wrong way to go?
First, let's deal with amnesty for illegals. While legalizing anyone who
can establish refugee status or were brought into this nation against
their will (ex.The Dreamers whose parents sneaked them in as children)
is fine, most illegals do not fit either one of these scenarios. Most illegally
entered our country of their own choosing for the sole reason of bettering
their lives and not because they were avoiding horrific discrimination
or certain death. These sorts of people do not deserve a path to citizenship
since they have broken our laws and have no good excuse for doing this.
Furthermore granting citizenship for illegals does not help the
illegal immigration problem.
In fact it make it worse. President Carter gave the overwhelming majority of
America's 1 million illegal immigrants amnesty in 1978 and then
low and behold eight years later in 1986 America had 2.7 million illegal
immigrants within its borders. That same year President Reagan
gave most of them a path to becoming legal citizens and then
by the mid 1990s America had at least 10 million illegal immigrants.
Amnesty doesn't work. Once you give illegals
amnesty then the people in Third World countries considering entering our
nation are encouraged to sneak in since they see that they have a chance
at amnesty if they avoid law enforcement long enough.
CORONA VIRUS AND IMMIGRATION REFORM NOT A WINNING COMBINATION
The current pandemic situation and immigration reform simply don't mix
well. If most of America's 11 million illegal immigrants were given amnesty
under Biden's proposed legislation then there would have to be a massive
government intervention into people's lives, getting them to pay fines
for illegal entry, filling out paperwork, getting interviewed to establish
identity and other bureaucratic hurdles. Long story short, this process
of legalization would involve many interactions among many different people.
This is not something that is conducive to fighting the Corona Virus. For
almost a year now we have been lectured that we should stay apart so
as not to spread the virus. An enormous legalization process is the
opposite of this teaching and could help spread the virus which is the
last thing this nation needs.
OTHER POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF A MASS LEGALIZATION
Another unpleasant scenario that could come out of a big legalization
effort could be the arousal of a backlash against immigrants.
If illegal immigrants are put in the forefront of our national debate
during this time of considerable unemployment this could foment
anti-immigrant and even racist sentiments in our population.
People may start to claim that immigrants are taking away all the
job that America's unemployed could do. This is a very undesirable
situation that we should avoid fervently. I mean the Democrats are now
talking that we need to move away from the Trump era and focus on
more positive things but bringing up illegal immigration does not
help this since this immigration was one of his biggest and most emotional
SO WHAT SHOULD BIDEN DO?
Biden just can't avoid bad legislation, he actually has to do something if
he wants to be a successful head of state. So what should Biden do?
Marijuana Legalization. A federal tax on marijuana makes a lot of sense
since so many states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana
and many more may follow. The revenue from this tax could be used to
fund Corona Virus relief. Sure taxes on businesses do effect the
businesses being taxed but in this case it is just one kind of business:
marijuana vendors. This line of work I imagine has been doing very well
during the Corona Virus pandemic since the pandemic has stuck many
people at home sitting on their couch which is a common position for
any marijuana smoker! Politically speaking this sort of legislation has
an excellent chance of becoming law since any rational person can figure
out that our government needs money to pay for Corona Virus relief and
a tax is a sure fire way to raise money for the government. While the
Democrats might be a little uncomfortable in going after an industry that
they have sympathy for, this feeling will trumped by the fact that so many
are in need of government assistance now. On the other side, the GOP
habitually detests taxes but also likes the idea of tax fairness
that would come with this legislation (marijuana ,as a business,
should not be exempt from paying taxes). This legislation
would have excellent use after the Corona Virus is over,
the revenue coming in could then he used to pay off
America's enormous national debt.
President Biden let's put aside our concern for lawbreakers
and look to help our desperate citizens and put
forward marijuana taxation legislation.
James Davin (author) from Bethesda,MD. on February 01, 2021:
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