It Can Be Done. It Should Be Done.

Posted: December 15, 2011 in Less Than 70
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The problem of illegal immigration can no longer be ignored. Regardless of a person’s political ideologies and affiliations, we can all agree on the fact that the immigration policy of the United States is deeply flawed. To put it bluntly, the immigration system is broken.

To be sure, we have tried to fix it. In 1986, then President Reagan passed the Immigration Control Act. Despite its provisions for tighter border security and sanctions on employers who hired illegals, the Act granted amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants. 25 years later, between 10 and 11 million illegal immigrants live on this side of the Rio Grande. (The true number may be much, much higher; since illegal immigrants live in the shadows and margins of society, it is impossible to get a true picture.) Former President Bush also attempted to fix this broken system. But the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007—which would have provided amnesty for up to 20 million illegals—also failed. The current regime, choosing not to lead, has done nothing, although the Senate has been considering the DREAM Act, which also provides amnesty for illegals.

For decades, we have either not tried to fix a broken system, or we have tried fixing it with spit and duct tape. (Duct tape has hundreds of uses; however, I do not think we can add “building a border fence” to the list.) The policy that the government has pursued for nearly thirty years has not contributed to the common good of the citizenry. Lack of concrete reform has divided communities and has increased the level of distrust between state governments and Washington. The absence of comprehensive reform has also done harm to the general welfare of the illegals themselves. Living in the shadows, they become targets for unscrupulous and immoral agents who exploit their vulnerable status. Is it not cruel for a government to allow these poor and marginalized human beings to be victimized and exploited without recourse to the protection and justice of our legal system? Should the government not protect them from impending ruin?

It is time for a fair and balanced approach to immigration reform. It should be the stated policy of the United States of America that all illegal immigrants be removed from this country and sent to the moon.

It can be done. It has been done. President Andrew Jackson removed tens of thousands of Native Americans with the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Hundreds of thousands of Mexican Americans were repatriated during the Great Depression. During World War II, the United States interred over a hundred-thousand Japanese Americans against their will. The United States has sent men to the moon six times. We have the historical precedent, the logistical capacity, and the technological knowledge to make this plan a reality. It has been done, and we can do it again.

The benefits of such a program would be immeasurable. It would rocket our space-program into a new frontier. It would create hundreds of thousands of high-tech jobs—jobs with dignity and good pay. Thousands of private sector jobs could be created by building “ports of departure” where our interstellar pioneers would be prepared for their historic journey in a safe and secure environment. In these facilities, we could train illegals in hydroponics, astrophysics, lunar geography, and English. How many of our own people would not wish for the opportunity to colonize the moon under these conditions?

This humane and just solution would also enhance our national security. First, and most immediately, we would be removing the criminal element that wishes to do harm to our great nation. Second, the technological advances we would achieve would make us the undisputed masters of space, allowing us to impose our will on the world.

Colonization of the moon is the next logical step in the expansion of our great nation. As we continue to deplete our resources here on earth to feed our rapacious consumption, new resources and new markets must be developed. Lunar colonization is an obvious answer, and the 11 million illegal immigrants present an obvious pool of potential colonists.

The following words from our own Constitution have never been more true:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

We have come to the point in our history where we must separate the illegals from our midst. We must shed them like dead skin. They came here illegally, remain outside our society, and outside our economy; thus we have no obligation to them as fellow citizens. Our Constitution enshrines the notion “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Let illegals pursue life, liberty, and happiness, just not on my planet!

It can be done. It should be done.

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