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article imageOp-Ed: Immigration Reform Is Past Due

By Oscar Brooks     May 3, 2010 in Politics
The immigration rallies continue all across the United States. Many people believe that immigration reform should have been done a long time ago.
Why has the U.S. dragged its feet on this issue? There are many people living in the United States illegally. The government knows that. Many of the people living here illegally are law abiding, hard working and by all accounts, decent people. There are also people living here illegally that are not law abiding, not hard working and are being supported by the tax payers.
Where do we start with this issue? As long as there is opportunity for a better life in the United States, people will continue to come here. Many of the low paying manual labor type jobs in the U.S. are not done by native born citizens of the country, but by immigrants. These jobs need to be done. There is no question about it. If the immigrants were not doing these jobs, a lot of businesses would be in trouble. Many companies recruit immigrants to do these jobs in the U.S.
A lot of these people stay in the country after their work is completed and remain here illegally. There are many professional athletes here in the U.S. that are on work visas. When their seasons are over, they go back to their home country. If this method were used with regular workers, it would have to be strictly enforced. I think enforcement is the real problem. We have many immigration laws, but a lot of them are not enforced.
There should be some tweaking of the existing immigration laws we have and some new ones should be added. We can make this work. It has to be done because if it isn't, things will not get better. The U.S. should look at the immigration policies of some other countries like Australia, Israel and England to see how they handle enforcement.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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