End Our War on Immigrants Now!
By Stephen Frye
On Immigration, I favor a humane, compassionate, practical approach that recognizes several realities. Contributory Negligence,” is a principal of U.S. law that means when both parties contribute to a problem, both share responsibility for it. For decades, the U.S. had an open border with no check points or hardly any other screening, so we share some responsibility for the immigration problem. Thus, our contribution to the negligence mandates our need to correct it.
Another reality is that we are never going to deport millions of good immigrants that have been living, working and raising their families here for years or decades. Thus, I propose that we establish a system that allows people who have been residents for several years, say five or ten, with no significant legal problems or arrests, to get legal status.
Regarding the Dream Act, I completely support this great legislation. I am a strong advocate of Gifted Education and anyone who gets into college has worked very hard, is bright and deserves this most miraculous American opportunity. College enabled me to fulfill all my dreams.
There are now more than 723,000 foreign college students in the U.S., many of whom speak English quite poorly and have no love for and no loyalty to our country. Furthermore, our current laws require these students to return home after graduating, so we derive no benefit from their higher education except for their tuition.
Our Dream Act students all speak fluent English and would stay to become intelligent, contributing, needed bilingual professional members of our society. When many of their parents crossed the border, it wasn’t even considered a major infraction, so we cannot punish these wonderful students for their parents’ dream of a better life for themselves and their children. Isn’t that why all of our parents and ancestors came to the U.S.?
We must now pass the Dream Act!
Our Drug War has been much more devastating and deadly for Mexico and Latin America than for the U.S. Not only have there been about 10,000 murders in Mexico yearly but our 25,000 American drug gangs also kill more than 10,000 Americans annually. But since our population is almost three times Mexico’s, the drug war is three times more deadly there. Furthermore, the addiction rate in Mexico has increased by more than 50 percent in the last few years because the dealers don’t just transport and sell to gringos, they have no reservations about selling to their own people.
Tragically, Mexico’s American-fueled drug war has almost resulted in it becoming a failed state, and it’s now so dangerous that our own State Department has issued Travel Advisories warning Americans not to visit many parts of Mexico. And after our deadly drug war spread to Mexico, it then spread to other Latin American countries with even more death and destruction.
Does anyone really believe that someone would self deport to any of these extremely dangerous countries? And how immoral would it be for us to deport these good, loyal men, women and children back to a country that is now so unsafe that we Americans cannot even safely visit?
We now have a moral imperative to provide a path to citizenship as our country has contributed so much to the devastation of their countries!
Stephen H. Frye, M.D.
Frye for Congress, 2012
Former professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Author: Monumental Fiasco! Our Drug War;Twenty-five Reasons to End It