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This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Arizona’s 2010 immigration bill, green lighting the “show me your papers” provision that requires the state’s law enforcement to determine the immigration status of any person that is stopped or arrested within in the state. The ruling is likely to spur immigration debate in more states going forward. While I’m not an Obama apologist (I like to think of myself as an independent with “moderate” leanings), I say “bravo” to President Obama’s new immigration policy because unlike “show me your papers,” it’s a step in the right direction. Here’s why.
1. The Kids Are Not to Blame
Obama’s new policy covers illegal immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to meet a 16-year-old who could mastermind an international move, let alone an illegal one. In other words, I firmly believe it’s the fault of the parents who brought their children to this country illegally. The parents are the ones who bent the rules and put their family’s status in jeopardy. The parents are the ones who should be held accountable for their actions, not their children.
2. It’s Good for the Economy
The foundation of a thriving society is predicated on educating our children to become productive members of society. Since we have already invested in educating the young adults covered in this policy, we should reap the benefits of our investment by giving them the opportunity to succeed. By taking them out of the “shadows” and allowing them to seek additional education and/or jobs, we are not only enriching our society, but we are creating more opportunities for future generations.
3. We Must Choose our Battles Wisely
When raising children, you learn quickly to choose your battles wisely. I think policy makers should do the same. From my standpoint we have an immigration problem that primarily affects our economy and overall national security. This new immigration policy only includes young adults who have neither been convicted of a crime, nor do they seem to pose a threat to the national security of our country. I would rather see our law enforcement resources being directed towards those individuals who did break the law and who do pose a threat.
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iVoice Beth Engelman writes a column, “Mommy on a Shoestring,” that appears in over 30 local papers around the Chicago. To check out her writing, visitwww.mommyonashoestring.com.