The United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency announced today that they recently completed a 7 day sweep of the nation, on their way arresting 2,901 immigrants who have criminal records in the United States. This sweep, known as Operation Cross Check, is the largest enforcement and removal operation in its history.
I completely agree with the Obama administration’s policy of focusing on illegal immigrants who cause problems within the country while putting less emphasis on deporting illegal immigrants who pose no demonstrated threat to public safety. The focus should definitely remain on people individuals in the nation who cause our citizens problems. Those are a much more important problem the country needs to focus on as a whole versus the “immigration problem” in general that applies to all illegal immigrants. People have complaints about immigrants that many times are based on rumor and not actual fact.
For example, many people want illegal immigrants out of the country because they don’t pay taxes. They actually pay a variety of taxes. Because many undocumented workers hold jobs, a large number pay income, Social Security and Medicare taxes, as well as sales taxes when they purchase items in stores and property taxes when they rent or own homes. One study found that they pay $162 billion annually in federal, state and local taxes. Another project found that the average immigrant paid $1,800 more in taxes than government benefits received. Another interesting rumor is that people believe economics and business drive U.S. immigration policy. Two-thirds of the 1 million official visas awarded each year are based on family unification. Conversely, only 15% of visas each year are awarded for employment purposes. Other nations devote a far higher percentage of visas to economic or employment-related reasons. Canada, for example, grants more than half of its visas for employment-related reasons.
I believe that these two examples alone are enough proof that illegal immigrants aren’t worth people going out of their way to remove or deport. The real problem are undocumented illegal immigrants who break the law and cause problems for our nation and society. They are the ones who don’t pay the taxes we do and live off of the hard work we put in because they work illegally like selling drugs or commit theft and robbery in order to subsist.
Instead of worrying so much about the border control of people trying to enter our country, lets worry about prevent criminals, especially illegal immigrant ones, out and crack down on the ones already here. This is a nice start to what I believe is a solid policy in the Obama administration, and it should be continued.