The real problem for immigrants is about families. Enforcing current immigration policies as promised will force illegal alien families to choose between going home to Mexico or their home countries for good or applying as immigrants at the back of the line.
They are concerned about their ability to visit relatives in their home countries and having their relatives visit them in the US. All of this can be done, but it requires resources and many illegals are poor.
It’s a new problem, because immigrants used to be required to have “sponsors”, usually family members, support them until they get jobs and can afford their own apartments. Now we have them on welfare and they are costing US tax payers $384 billion a year. We also have 95 million working-age US citizens without jobs and we no longer need immigrants for general labor, except for seasonal agricultural workers who would have their own visa program.
We should end welfare for immigrants, but if and when we do, they will no longer be able to afford to live in our big cities and survive on low paid jobs.
We should not allow immigrants in public schools unless they qualify with skills that fit their age groups. Immigrant children who do not speak English should be in special schools to learn English.
Muslim immigrants pose a dangerous problem for the US. Sharia and US Law are incompatible. There is evidence that Muslim immigration poses a threat.
Living costs are much higher in the US. Poor refugees and immigrants need to determine how they will handle the changes coming that would affect their future.
It was hard for many who immigrated to America over the past 4 centuries. Many left parents and other relatives behind and that was part of their sacrifice. On balance, they did the right thing. Europe was not hospitable to Fundamentalist Protestants in the 1600s and they came to America for opportunity and freedom.
The promise of America has always been that immigrants could come to America and become self-supporting. That is not true anymore. We have 95 million working-age US citizens who are without jobs. The solution for this is to stop immigration until there are enough jobs to absorb the 1.8 million new grads we produce each year. That is not good news for anybody who wants a path to US citizenship.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader