Had a bit of a thought.
I don't mind Mexicans..good people, hard workers..fun culture..good food.
Whats not to like.
So, when you consider the negative side, illegal immigration into the US (I am sitting in the US), we should ask, well, why are they illegal?
Long story short...they don't pay taxes, This causes a burden on our social services, which in turn hurts the state.
Also since they are illegal, people can hire them for less than minimum wage for jobs.
So, why not simply make them work for states to become legal, and get them on the books?
I have a thought of a program (call it the -its not a dream, its work- act). Short example ahead:
Mark and Sarah, both mexicans, fled their country for a better life to the north.
They trudged through the desert and eventually got across the line..
Finally they came up to a small town, where they spotted a spanish sign that said "Immigration Integration".
Curious, Mark went up. After a hour, Came back to Sarah a bit excited. He had some pamphlets and said that they only need to go to this course that
gives them a job, a place to stay, and teaches them english. They have to commit for an entire year though and could be shipped out anywhere in the
US, but after that year, they are full citizens, will have some money, will know the language, and can properly plan for a new life together.
Meanwhile, the next block bid is about a week away. State reps bid on immigration "blocks" to ship in to their state to do state duties, such as
cleaning roads, trimming trees, lawn maintenance, or whatever useful skills any immigrant brings to the table. In return, they pay each one minimum
wage, gives them temp housing (Granted, its not much better than a ghetto, but its temp and it has what is needed to survive), and daily courses on
English language, and other basic requirements for citizenship.
Mark spent most of the following year on a road repair crew. Sarah, whom already had some education behind her, decided to spend her nights furthering
her career and started a path on nursing. The crunch courses allowed her to attain a RN status quickly in exchange for working for the state in
clinics for a year longer. She would only make about half of what another RN would make during that time, but it was a great opportunity for free
education and a good career.
problem - solution.
Such a program would save states money by replacing state workers (4 guys holding a sign at 25$ an hour) with minimum wage workers, and bring in and
train taxable productive workers. Also, it would spread immigration around to where concentration is not an issue and give a viable and even
desirable path towards citizenship.
I wonder what the numbers would be. I suspect savings and eventually a net profit for the state (with taxes from a documented worker once completed
the year long citizen work camp thing) and might be a good compromise.
Better than what we have now anyhow...which is..nothing.
Last thought: So...What would Jesus do?
edit on 21-3-2012 by SaturnFX because: added a thing at the end.