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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 03:25 PM
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Democrats need to PROMOTE an alternative to fence building (UPDATE)
Edited on Tue Apr-25-06 04:03 PM by jsamuel
Democrats need to get out and PROMOTE their viewpoints instead of "waiting for the public to get there." We can help the public get there sooner. This will help Democrats look more like LEADERS also.

I say that alternative should be investing in Mexico and other latin american countries so that their economies improve, and therefore, people will be able to get good jobs in their own home countries. That is the REAL SOURCE of all the illegal immigration. Until we address the root of the problem, it will never get solved. Governments build walls when they are incapable of solving a problem.

Update (this is to be done with the two parts of this poll that were supported by the public)

2/3's favor Penalizing the employers

"split" vote on Fence building

3/4 favor Earned citizenship if they have lived here for greater than 5 years

"not enthusiastic" (even Republicans) over B*'s Guest Worker Program
(from CNN) http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 03:26 PM
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1. Can we build a fence around Utah?
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 03:27 PM
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2. Moat digging?
;)
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 03:28 PM
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3. I think a "supplement" to fence-building is what I'm advocating.
The first step is heavy penalties for companies that employ undocumented workers. However, without tighter border security (either a literal or metaphorical "fence"), the problem will continue.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 04:09 PM
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7. I think of the problem as osmosis.
We have all the space (jobs/money) and they have a lot of water (people who need jobs/money). If we add some space to that side of the bag (invest in their countries) the water will have no reason to cross at such a high level, rather it will become stable with minimal movement.
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slide to the left Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 03:30 PM
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4. How about a moat
Oh, wait, that didn't work. Oh well, Bring on the Mexican food.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 04:03 PM
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5. updated
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Burning Water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 04:09 PM
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6. Sorry, why
is it our job?? What are their governments doing? And how do their governments treat aliens from other countries further south?
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 04:12 PM
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8. That is why we have foreign policy and diplomacy, is it not?
Edited on Tue Apr-25-06 04:13 PM by jsamuel
Yes it is. American government should be concerned about Americans first, the rest of the world second. This is not reflected by the Bush admin who care about companies first, regardless of country.

However, when the American's problem is dealing with foreign countries and those problems are a result of the foreign country having problems, then we MUST get involved with that country to solve OUR problem.
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