ROSE NOLEN: It's time to address immigration

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. CST

It’s time to talk about immigration.

We have been skating on this bridge for years. We keep hearing about the thousands of illegal people in the country but apparently there is nothing to be done about them. Other countries have boundaries, but apparently our borders are easily crossed.

As an African-American, I think about this subject a lot. To me, the entire subject is about work. It’s about what happens when people have more work than they can do at a profit. It’s about getting other people to work for you for little or no money. That’s what slavery was about.

In America, we need to get a handle on work. If there are jobs to be done and not enough money to pay to have them done, then we need to figure out what we are going to do about it. Our Constitution does not allow for indentured servanthood or slavery. Therefore, we have to get on top of work. In other words, we can’t afford to have people working without adequate pay.

At the present time, we have a high rate of unemployment. It would seem to me a bad time for people to be coming across the border. Americans are having a hard time finding jobs. Why would other people be coming into the country illegally if there are no jobs to be had?

We need to investigate the homeless? Are people hiding in our country as homeless? If not, where are all the people hiding who are without citizenship? With so many people out of work how can the illegals be employed?

Immigration is certainly going to be problem that is difficult to solve. So many people have settled here a long time ago and have made no effort to gain citizenship that it is going to be difficult to sort them out. But obviously, the longer we wait, the more difficult it is going to be.

For a long time, it was about farm work. Places like California had so much farm work to be done and so few people to do it that people were coming across the border to get jobs. Now, there are too many people and not enough jobs.

Obviously, we are going to have to take steps to settle our population. We can’t continue to allow people to cross our borders and move into the country. We don’t have enough jobs to take care of the world. Obviously, not everyone is going to be able to stay in America. We will have to find a way to settle the matter fairly and justly.

Somehow, we‘re going to have to deal with the matter of jobs. We are going to have to know how much is being paid for what job. The government is going to have to take responsibility for that research. People can’t be trusted to do that.

We will always have trouble with immigration until we find a way to regulate our job market. Can we start today?

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