Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Immigration enforcement should start with the News & Record

Doug Clark, an editorial writer with the local News & Record, tends to take a tough stand when it comes to immigration issues. Yesterday (and in earlier posts), he applauded the decision to close the doors of community colleges to undocumented residents.

The policy is ineffective (do you really think that any immigrants are going to be deterred from entering or staying in the country because they can't get into community college?) and self-defeating (we lose any positive economic and non-economic externalities from members--even temporary members--of our community being better educated). But that's immaterial to people who feel that we should give no quarter to illegal immigrants.

Since Doug holds strong--and I hope sincere--beliefs in this matter, I've asked him why his campaign against illegals can't start with the News & Record itself. Right now, the News & Record delivers papers to homes across the Triad with no checks at all on the residency status of the occupants. The paper contains want ads (and Dilbert cartoons) that are intended to facilitate employment. As you're reading this, immigrants could be scanning those ads and either applying for those good jobs themselves or telling their compadres across the border to get their resumes in order.

So a simple proposition for Doug and the News & Record is to require proof of either citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) or legal residency (visa, green card) for all new home subscribers. Inconveniences to be sure, but minor ones to people with nothing to hide. This small step will give the News & Record the moral authority to advocate for even tougher policies.

Silly and ineffective, you say? Exactly.

Topic for next week: Should News & Record paper carriers be required to alert authorities to households suspected of harboring undocumented residents?

3 comments:

Roch101 said...

I was going to make the point that if we gladly accept the sons and daughters of illegal immigrants on our Olympic team and have no qualms about them fighting and dying in our armed forces, maybe allowing them to attend community colleges would just be, I dunno, fair?

But your point is funnier.

Anonymous said...

So a simple proposition for Doug and the News & Record is to require proof of either citizenship (birth certificate, passport, etc.) or legal residency (visa, green card) for all new home subscribers. Inconveniences to be sure, but minor ones to people with nothing to hide. This small step will give the News & Record the moral authority to advocate for even tougher policies.

Silly and ineffective, you say? Exactly.

A clear example of sending a horse's ass to school, upon graduation, you now have an educated horse's ass!

Anonymous said...

Wrong again, enforcement of our boarders should be done by the US military. We are the only country in the world that allows, people to run across our borders at will.You people must understand there is no gain to the taxpayers, to support ILLEGALS. They get free health care, free schooling . If any of you have had a baby lately, you know it cost you mega dollars. ILLEGALS get free baby delivery. They drive with no car insurance, and easy to obtain driving permit. Rumor tell me what's fair about someone who lives in Virginia, has worked and paid taxes all their life, may have been in the military( we fully understand your dislike for military people, of course being fair, I do not like you)they would have too pay out of state tuition to go to a Carolina college. Yet Jose who just jumped boarder yesterday gets to go for in state tuition. Now tell me whats fair about that! One thing I will agree with you own, Clark has done a complete flip flop on this. Of course its election time.