RIchard White: We need a national immigration policy |

RIchard White: We need a national immigration policy

Hey Dave: Perhaps you’ve lived in a Summit bubble a bit too long, or likely a broader American bubble. We are one of few countries in the world that does not have a clear, comprehensive immigration policy. We (however) do have a rather inept Congress, only outdone only by our Nobel winning leader with a recent re-issued comprehensive energy policy requiring a retraction limiting offshore drilling. This lack of immigration reform leadership was not missed on Bush or Clinton. Without federal actions regarding our southern sieve, passing as our US-Mexican Border, Arizona had limited options. At last estimate we have 15-20 million illegal immigrants, 10 percent of whom reside in Ariz.

I lived and worked in Europe for four plus years. Passports, visas and residency permits were required travel documents without which you would risk extensive incarceration. Comparably, and recently, two U.S. women who stumbled into North Korea, perhaps for political purposes, were tried/convicted of espionage and jailed. Only extraordinary diplomatic efforts freed these women. Had this in incident occurred in the U.S., these women might likely be employed and provided with free health care. On far too few occasions, we provide free transportation to their native country.

Inflammatory phasing aside, we need a national, enforceable, comprehensive immigration policy. Without such a reformed policy, states have no other options but to pass statues to protect their citizens and the sovereignty of their states.

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