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Column: Let’s remove the politics from illegal immigration

One of my greatest frustrations in monitoring national politics is the inability (or refusal) of our elected officials to solve the illegal immigration problem.

President Donald Trump advocates an end to chain migration and the immigration lottery that’s been in effect since 1990 — and stronger border security to halt the flow of illegal immigration across our southern border. The other party prefers relaxed borders and to admit populations regardless of professional qualifications.

Democrats actively promote immigration policies to build a voting base favorable to their political agenda. Before I get emails from folks who contest my last comment, I direct their attention to the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Last week, CAP circulated a Democrat Party fundraising memo stating “illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called “Dreamers” — (are) a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

I knew it was true, but I didn’t expect the Democrats to actually admit that illegal immigration was part of their strategic plan to corner votes.

Although recent Republican and Democrat administrations have failed to reform our national immigration laws, we finally have a president who is courageous enough to confront the immigration problem. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress look for every reason, real and perceived, to pull out of good-faith negotiations. Their latest objection is the President’s reported unartful description of Haiti and Africa.

Most 11-year-olds have heard this bad language before and accept it for what it is – bad language. We all know by now that Trump speaks his mind, often and regrettably, without filters. On the other hand, who among us includes Haiti or most countries on the African continent in our vacation plans? If these countries aren’t undesirable, why do so many of their citizens want to come to the United States?

If the President is candid to a fault, Democrats are fragile to a fault. Upon hearing Trump’s profane expression, our friends on the left side of the aisle were rendered incapable of seriously discussing an immigration solution. Do I detect a whiff of hypocrisy in the air?

In 2011, President Barack Obama referred to the war in Libya as a “s+++ show” while in consultation with England’s Prime Minister David Cameron. I don’t remember tearing of garments and gnashing of teeth among Democrats in the wake of that presidential pronouncement.

It’s time we took politics out of immigration policy. I have a simple solution although I doubt it will be, or can be, implemented.

If the right to vote were somehow denied to those who enter this country illegally, even though other rights of citizenship might be granted, illegal immigration would cease to be a political issue. It’s as simple as that.

I agree that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) minors should be allowed to remain in the country if they begin the normal process to become legal citizens.

But since their first transaction with America was to break its laws, I believe full, conventional citizenship should not be available. I understand that the DACA individuals didn’t knowingly violate the law, but their parents knowingly did.

I believe that we, as a country, are strengthened by our national melting pot origins. During my life, I’ve been a Big Brother to a number of young men, both in Philadelphia and in Phoenix. While two of my “littles” were white, one was Hispanic and one was African-American. Regardless of their skin color, I felt that all my little brothers deserved the support that I was able to offer.

Regardless of who’s in the White House, our country deserves the support of Republicans — and yes, even Democrats.

Wil Williams, a resident of Chino Valley, is a retired advertising agency executive who served in the U.S. Army. Contact him at wilaugust46@gmail.com.