Ronald Reagan understood the benefits of positive motivation.
Equal opportunity, diversity, and competition drive our future, but Arizona does not appreciate the contribution of immigrants. Our message is one of greed, envy, deceit, wrath, and revenge. “It’s the law,” however, 10 million illegals already are here.
For 40 years, illegal immigration was ignored while elites profited. Now we need to fix it, but do we want an exodus? My company employed immigrants. One engineer came on a visa that expired, worked 25 years in the defense industry, had a ouse and family, was caught and deported. Years later the newspaper reported that his child had become the student of the year at MCC and was employed in the electronics industry.
Many immigrants have advanced degrees and speak two or more languages. They work long hours without pay and give up vacations to prove themselves. In return we propose that our “American Dream” is to punish innocent children and require all of us to prove citizenship to use the hospital emergency room. The aging and retirement of the baby boom generation argues for more immigration and jobs to provide economic stimulation. Arizona’s policy is like kicking the dog. It provides a feeling satisfaction but does not change long-term behavior and may result in unintended consequences.
We can’t afford this discord in Arizona and should take a leadership position on comprehensive immigration with a pragmatic policy where illegals bear the cost and benefits of policies that include streamlining elements of amnesty.