Supposedly, illegal immigration is a problem we cannot solve. Supposedly, we cannot stop people from sneaking across the border, overstaying their visas, or whatever it is someone might do to sneak into our country. Supposedly, we cannot stop employers from hiring illegal aliens. Supposedly, an intelligent person believes illegal immigration is a problem we cannot solve.
What supposedly is true is not true. We can stop illegal immigration. So why don’t we do it? Our problem is one of priorities. For a relatively small number of employers, illegal immigration equates to cheaper labor and higher profits. For nearly half of our politicians, illegal immigration translates into more votes. Unfortunately, most voters don’t really care about preserving America’s republic. Instead, they want their Social Security, their Medicare, their food stamps, their mortgage deduction, their unemployment insurance, and so forth. Don’t too many of us hope to receive a bribe from the politician we voted for?
Nonetheless, if we wanted illegal immigration to stop and for the illegal immigrants to go home (and their home is not here), we could make them leave. Here is how it could be done.
Although employment of illegal aliens is prohibited, the prohibition has been eviscerated by proliferation of fake IDs and lax enforcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Still, while employers have little to fear from ICE, most live in dread of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ordinarily requiring even illegal employees to come up with a Social Security number for IRS reporting purposes.
The IRS shares these Social Security numbers with the Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration, having issued them in the first place, knows which are invalid or being used by multiple employees. Although the administration occasionally notifies employers of Social Security number discrepancies, it has refused to share that information with ICE, notwithstanding entreaties by the Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration. Were ICE given this information (starting with the roughly 200,000 Social Security numbers numbered 000-00-0000), it could rid the workforce of most unlawful workers simply by notifying companies that employ workers with discrepant Social Security numbers that ICE will pay a visit to any such worker who fails within a month to straighten things out at the local Social Security office. The Social Security Administration may argue that privacy considerations prevent disclosure of Social Security number abuses, but only a severely strained interpretation of our Social Security laws could outlaw sharing evidence of a possible crime, such as identify theft or unlawful employment, with responsible law enforcement agents. (excerpted from CHIP: Turning off the parent magnet on immigration – www.washingtontimes.com)
Because we let politicians bribe us, the so-called crisis resulting from children sneaking across our border is only one aspect of a larger problem. For decades our elected officials have with increasing impudence deliberately ignored their duty to enforce and obey our laws. So it is that when President Obama wants more Democrat voters, he just invites more welfare recipients into our country. And so it is that even though everyone knows what Obama is doing, he is getting away with us.
When America has finished its last days as a constitutional republic, what will we tell our grandchildren. Will they believe us when we lie and say it never was? Supposedly, they might, and wouldn’t that be easier than explaining why we did nothing?