April 22, 2012
PMG 300 Critical Thinking
Along with religion and taxes, do not bring up illegal immigration at a dinner party unless you want heated discussions and grand exits along with lingering strained relationships. A discussion on illegal immigration leads to strong responses and strong emotions no matter what political party affiliation. There are those that blame the Feds for not guarding the borders well enough. And then there are others that blame the Feds for not defending the rights of all citizens. There are those that blame state and local governments for spending on services for "Illegals" that should be spent on "real" citizens. And then there are others that blame state and local governments for not taking better care of ALL of their citizens legal or illegal. While there are others who point the finger in anger at anyone who breaks the law and consider illegal immigration is just that - illegal. And yet others see America as a nation of immigrants and we should open our borders and welcome all in with open arms to citizenship - no matter how they got here. There is no middle ground - it is legal or illegal, right or wrong. People want something done by their government but what is the right direction for illegal immigration?
I. Why have state and local governments become more active in regulating illegal immigrants during recent years?
Our text refers to illegal immigration as "the mother of all unfunded mandates". Once the immigrants cross the borders, (that the States believe are not being controlled adequately by the Federal Government), they fall under the jurisdiction of State and Local governments. State, County, and City Governments, as well as School Districts, bear the financial brunt of providing services for the immigrants in an economy that has services being cut for citizens. Schools are...