by Seton Motley
“Immigration reform” as proposed by both sides nearly always includes some sort of amnesty “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens. And no real reform of the way we decide who gets to come here and who does not. Not to mention the wide-open borders we make but a feigned attempt to enforce.
All of which will lead to increased taxes on us, and increased debt on our children. Because immigrants are on government programs far more frequently than native born Americans.
Clearly the answer is not to make illegal aliens legal. Because that actually increases their use of government programs. Which makes sense - once “out of the shadows” they are then free to get in the sunshine-washed government money lines.
Nearly everything anyone is proposing as “immigration reform” should be preempted by something simple and rational - a financial means test.
If you are going to be on one or more government programs when you get here - you don’t get here. And if you are already here and on one or more programs - you can’t advance your residency status.
Applying to be a guest worker? A resident alien? A citizen? Illegally here and want a path to citizenship? Means tests all round.
Some pro-amnesty folks will respond:
“That’s an argument for welfare reform, not opposition to ‘immigration reform.’”
To which we respond:
“Fine - go first reform welfare, and then get back to us on your definition of ‘immigration reform.’”
We simply cannot afford to continue being the blank check to the planet.
Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government. He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist.