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Reforming illegal immigration

Earlier today, I wrote about the New Hampshire police chiefs who have been arresting illegal aliens for violating the state's criminal trespass statute. In there, I quoted the chair of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, who expressed her concerns about possible racist motives behind the chiefs' actions. I'll quote Ms. Ebel again:

"It is of extreme concern that there is at least one police chief in the state of New Hampshire that seems to be on a crusade to sweep in every person of color that his department can stop," Claire Ebel, executive director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, said yesterday.

"I don't know if they are using racial profiling, but it is a question that needs to be asked and answered. It strains credibility that this is coincidence," she said yesterday, noting all of those charged are from Mexico and Brazil.

I think that Ms. Ebel might be on to something. It does seem that, indeed, Latin Americans are vastly overrepresented in the pool of illegal aliens. And to take a notion from another aspect of liberalism, I think I have a solution:

It's time to start an affirmative-action program for illegal aliens. We need to start encouraging other groups to seek the same opportunities that the Latinos have found, and encourage diversity in our illegal-alien population. We should start actively recruiting potential illegal aliens from Asia, Africa, and Europe to bring a fairer balance to the current situation.

Now, I'm not saying we should penalize Latinos for being Latino, but I think we need to give benefits to non-Latinos to bring the illegal alien community to be more in line with the racial makeup of the country as a whole.

Bill Clinton once spoke of having a cabinet that "looks more like America." I'd like to see that same principle applied to illegal aliens.

And if some Latinos feel they are being discriminated against, I'm sorry. For generations, they have had the benefit of being the majority of illegal aliens, and it's long past time we spread those blessings among a more diverse populace.

As of now, I'm not calling for quotas on illegal aliens -- not yet. Let's see what these "affirmative actions" achieve first. If, in the future, we find that other minorities are still underrepresented in the illegal-immigration populace, then we might need to look into sterner measures.

After all, it's only FAIR.


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Comments (7)

You know Jay, the illegal i... (Below threshold)

You know Jay, the illegal immigration situation is one of those policies that I am just unwilling to compromise on. I think the regulations on temporary work status, green cards and becoming an American citizen are quite clear. And it is also clear to me that a majority of those who obtain citizenship through recognized channels feel quite proud of their efforts and themselves are dismayed that the US government seems to compromise these standards for a select group for reasons which to me seem quite weak. I feel that one of the major issues I use against compromise still rests on National Security concerns, and if I am wrong I would be happy to see arguments suggesting I am. I also think relaxing the immigration restrictions might satisfy filling low paying jobs that Americans might not want. But it also takes the heat off of such governments as Mexico. Why does Vincente Fox have to worry about jobs in the Mexican economy when he has the US economy to parasitize.

Mexico, particuarly -- when... (Below threshold)

Mexico, particuarly -- when compared to other Latin cultures -- is running very thin lately on public tolerance. I am very much weary of the hautiness, nastiness and rude behavior nearly everywhere by almost always, Latinos. They've benefitted from a lot of politeness, indulgences and generosity and for a while now from Americans. And yet, we're still the problem to most of them.

I am now to the point in general society where I make a point of finding services from anyone but Hispanics. All I know is the general heavy-handed emotional tone by nearly all Hispanics of late is just too offensive for my sense of business and particularly, community. It's just not my cup o' tea for a hometown environment.

hmm was that sarcasm.. It w... (Below threshold)
bear slippers:

hmm was that sarcasm.. It was so intelligently done that I can't decide if it was an honest opinion or a ironic.. ney sarcastic bent on the topic..hmmm

If we ever get around to de... (Below threshold)

If we ever get around to deporting illegals back to Mexico then we should also banish the comrades of the ACLU to Cuba. They would feel right at home in a communist country.

Hey, The Anti-Defamation Le... (Below threshold)

Hey, The Anti-Defamation League would probably be happier to join their comrades in Cuba also.

It is unbelievable that so ... (Below threshold)

It is unbelievable that so many ignorant people do not know what the word ILLEGAL means!

In the below video, a guy d... (Below threshold)

In the below video, a guy drives around in his truck and picks up some illegals, which he claims to take to do some work







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