Arizona just signed a law into effect that will made "illegal status" a crime. Arizona won't just be wasting money placing non-violent drug offenders behind bars, they may be incentivizing police offers to seek out illegal immigrants. They are creating a punishment that does not fit the crime.
The cause of all of this is rage. Rage over taxes being utilized on people that themselves are not paying taxes. Rage over people who are accused of taking jobs away from Americans (when really, we don't want to do them and the ones who should be accused of this are large corporations shipping manufacturing overseas). And rage over crimes being committed by the notorious "illegals".
And so of course it is the American way to take the easy way out. To show punishment by examble rather than providing a solution to eliminate the crime.
Ahhh the un-thunk.
In the southwestern US, there are too many people in general and too little funds pouring into the coffers.
The simple brilliance of this social algebraic equation is gleaming: not everyone that lives here and thusly should be contributing to taxes that pay for needed infrastructure...is well...putting in.
In Los Angeles, we estimate that we have 8 million citizens. That probably isn't true, we likely have around 10 million that are utilizing an infrastructure built for 8 million (LA Almanac estimates we have 1.3 million illegal immigrants). What happens when you try to cram four people into a sleeping bag built for two? The sleeping bag will wear out too quickly, the citizens of the sleeping bag will be sweating, cramping, and there will probably be some farting. Also, the two that were originally there are going to be super pissed at the two newcomers.
Those 2 million, or 2 in the sleeping bag analogy, aren't really supposed to be here. I say "supposed to" in the purely legal sense. Do they have documents that state it's okay to be in the US, or in the sleeping bag? If not, they probably don't want to admit that they are there. There are numerous ways in which they might be tricked into 'fessing up their whereabouts:
- Jobs that take taxes out of a paycheck: if you pay taxes, you have a federal taxpayer ID, which is a social security number. If you're not supposed to be here, you don't have a social securitynumber. Hence, you aren't paying taxes.
- Government reporting such as the Census: if you aren't supposed to be here, you probably don't want to report to the government that you are here.
- Getting a lawyer that doesn't speak your language and your English isn't too stellar: he might fool you and report you to the feds, it could be a trap! If you can't read the gobbledigook he's putting in front of you on paper, how can you be sure what he's up to?
- Using your address to send your kid to school when you and your kid don't have a social security number: the school is going to ask and you're going to throw your hands up in the air. So what to do? Use somebody else's information.
All of this is easier than attempting to become a citizen of the United States. Which can cost tens of thousands of dollars and take decades.
After all, if you're in the United States and aren't supposed to be, you're probably not doing it for fun and games. You're doing it for economic security of yourself, your family, and your future. It's not a fucking walk in the park.
I can attest to the difficulty of immigration in this country. I've watched a green card marriage make its attempt because there was no other choice. I've seen dear friends try to fly under the radar and sacrifice seeing their families for years, just to be here. I've also seen the ease at which a rich person can fly through path to citizenship by forking over $20,000 for the right lawyer. The opportunity to become a US citizen is not fair and equal.
The elimination of the "immigration problem" is excrutiatingly simple: don't make it illegal. I don't mean that everybody that rolls in gets to stay just because they feel like it without having to hand over any personal information. But if it were easier to become a legal citizen, then everyone that did would be able to pay taxes. Those taxes would go towards services used by those of regardless of our status:
- Other emergency services
Back to the sleeping bag: If you want four people to fit in a sleeping bag built for two, well it sounds like you're in for a wild sexy night. Aside from that, you'll need some money to add some material to the sleeping bag to make it bigger. The two that are already in it shouldn't pay for that. The newcomers should, and I'm sure, would be more than happy to if they were allowed.