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    the first thing to stress is that its just flat out impossible to depart all the illegal aliens currently in the country. we just can't do it.  so what do we do about it?

    well, the first step is to try to stop immigrants from migrating into the US.  That means better patrol of the border, but perhaps more importantly, promotion of fair trade deals with central america and mexico.

    second step: what to do with the aliens already in the US.  some sort of work-to-legalization type thing similar to what bush is proposing (one of the very few things that he's proposed that I can actually accept).

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    by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:27:02 AM PST

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    •  I dunno (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm concerned about the work-to-legalization stuff.

      It keeps getting painted as "amnesty for illegals," and people who perceive that illegal immigrants have stolen their jobs aren't eager to embrace it.

      I'm in the camp that thinks it's the most practical solution, even if it isn't a great one, but the masses don't buy this argument because it doesn't "feel right."

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        one just has to make it clear that it will be very strict, with the punishment being deportation.  that it isn't an automatic, but as long as they contribute to society, then they can legalize themselves.

        I'm not sure what public opinion on this is general, or what the knowledge level of it is.  I know the right isn't happy with it, but i'm not sure about everyone else. Even I'm not totally sure what Bush's plans are much less people who aren't paying as much attention.

        However, as I said, it needs to be stressed: we cannot deport them all, and currently they are costing us money.  work-to-legalization gives them a chance to contribute to society more, and thats an advantage for both them and us.

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        by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 10:42:48 AM PST

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