[quote=Fitz]Since this is just a thread where we can say what we think the solution should be I would like to add a few thoughts.
I teach for a coop that services many immigrant districts. We have many Arab/American children, Mexican/American, and also Polish/American children. I don’t ever know who is legal or illegal unless we recommend a doctors visit for some reason. It happens fairly often in special ed. due to the complications the children have.
I don’t think it would be morally right for us to turn any of these children away. I think the answer is to make the parents legal, and begin to work the system that way. I think the borders should be harder to cross.
My daughter just went to Spain to study and they were very thorough about who they would let in, as they should be. Why can’t we begin to do that with anyone entering our country.
Employers should face a huge fine if they hire illegals. I don’t care what it would mean. I am not saying that the people shouldn’t be here ever, but they should have to be legal.
Fitz I am in total agreement. We cannot let innocent children suffer but the real problem is that we do NOT enforce the rules. Years ago there WAS quite a bit of enforcement regarding illegal aliens and it was directed toward the employers who hire them. If employers actually faced stiff fines, raids, and the sudden loss of their entire dishwashing/road/construction/or landscaping crew they would comply with the rules.
I don’t know if the Bush ‘guest worker’ plan is a good one or not. But SOME kind of documentation when people come here so they they may be employed legally, will pay taxes, and comply with other laws will go a long way to improving the situation. In this state illegals can get drivers’ licencs, free health care, public schooling that even accommodates their special needs (language and interpretation). Do I blame people for coming? No. But I do blame a weak system of enforcement that would at least help us distinguish the ‘bad guys.’ We have a lot of crime from the illegal community, mostly drugs but it’s getting into violent crimes, gangs, etc. A system of identification and tracking would make a difference.