Sunday, April 18, 2010

Enforcing Strict Immigration Laws Is The Most Humane Answer For The Immigration Problem

For the past 30 years, the US has absorbed more illegal aliens than we can safely handle. According to many estimates, over 20 million illegal aliens live in America. The following analogy compares America's immigration problem, to a lifeboat in the ocean.

The US is like a life boat in the ocean with more people clamouring to get aboard than the lifeboat can safely handle. All life boats have an maximum occupancy limit. For example, let's say that a life boat has a safe limit of 35 passengers. If the life-boat is carrying 25 passengers and there are many more people flailing about in the water, they have an obligation to save as many as they can. The people in the boat agree to pick up 10 more passengers. Now they have reached the limit that their boat can safely handle, however, there are still many more people in the water who will surely die if they don't get out of the water soon. The people in the life boat are humanitarians and desperately want to help the victims in the water. They decide that they can risk picking up another 10 people. If the waves are not to choppy, and the wind remains calm and they all sit very still while waiting to be rescued, they have a good chance of all 45 people aboard surviving.

However, there are still more people in the water who will surely die without assistance. Most of the people aboard the lifeboat are afraid that the boat will capsize and they will all drown if they let any more people aboard.

Their is a crowd in the water that is swimming toward the life boat trying to save themselves. Some people aboard the life boat take pity on them and convince the others that they have room for 5 more passengers. Being humanitarians, they agreed to let 5 more people on board, but no more because that would mean that would be way too risky.

The lifeboat heads toward the crowd of remaining victims in the water. The boat was rushed by dozens of victims that were clamoring to get an board. In the process, the boat capsized and everyone fell into the water and died of exposure long before a rescue team arrived.

This disaster could have been avoided if the survivors in the lifeboat knew where to draw the line. They could have saved themselves and saved many others if they knew when cut off assistance that they were not capable of delivering.

Likewise, America can not absorb every economic, political, medical and criminal refugee in the world. If we do not draw a line and set a limit, we will be overwhelmed by desperate people trying to survive and we will all go down together. Being a TRUE humanitarian means knowing where to set reasonable limits and to protect ourselves first, so that we can be in a position to provide assistance to some, but not all that are clamoring for help.

Illegal immigration puts a huge toll on America's social services, public schools, health care system, legal system, court system, penal system and economy.

Regulated immigration allows us to limit the number of people coming in and screen them for criminal backgrounds, disease and for mental disorders. This can only be accomplished by actively punishing and deporting all illegal aliens. We must be humanitarian enough to limit the numbers of people we let in. We must also screen people out who are likely to be an excessive drain on our system. This way we can help the maximum number of refugees while still maintaining America's ability to sustain itself economically and politically. Tough decisions must be made. If we don't exercise restraint on our humanitarian efforts, America will become just as impoverished, corrupt and lawless as the nations that the refugees are fleeing. At that point we will be unable to keep America afloat, let alone help refugees that are clamouring to get aboard the lifeboat called the USA.

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