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Immigration policy is separate from DACA. The 12 million illegal immigrants and the issues they impose upon the country are not the same as the unique, vetted individuals who comprise the group of 800,000 we refer to as “The Dreamers.”

Without proper, broad legislation to combat illegal immigration, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States will quickly grow from 320 million to 500 million. A population of 500 million would strain our resources and human services.

The two sides of the political spectrum use opposite reasons to support their logic. Liberals believe we are humanitarians first and will figure out a way to take care of everyone; what they don’t say is that the lower class will simply need to live less comfortably to accommodate the influx. In contrast, conservatives wish to limit immigration to maintain the current quality of life, particularly for the middle class.

My dad always compared immigration to a family. He believed families should not have more children than they can handle financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Dad was a staunch republican, nevertheless, his argument on immigration was amazingly a middle-ground, common-sense blueprint for a responsible parent country.

In other words, allow immigration and refugees, but at the same time, maintain the standard of living, with a safe environment, and the freedom for emotional and spiritual growth. In the Republic of the United States of America, that means thoughtful legislation.

I remember that, when I was younger and more liberal, I wanted to adopt a couple more children in addition to the two adopted and one biological children I already had. Dad asked, “Sis, do you want to do an excellent job raising the three kids you have or offer a mediocre life to five children?” You see, there really isn’t a wrong answer, but one can argue that there is a better right answer.

I chose to offer more to fewer children — and thank goodness, because life threw some curve balls toward my family in the way of illness and ultimately death. Needless to say, more children would have meant emotional and spiritual neglect, because in the wake of illnesses, there wasn’t anything left. From a daughter to a dad: Thanks. You were right, I love and miss you every day.

There are many who would disagree with my dad, even call his approach cruel or racist. Our nation is like my family: Its worst is better than the immigrant or foster child’s best. I admit, it’s hard to argue with that analogy, however, we aren’t psychic, so, we can’t predict the future, and we all know there is a breaking point in families as well as countries. In fact, many countries around the globe and many no longer in existence have met that brutal demise. I’m sure they did not believe their collapse was even possible, let alone imminent.

Sometimes, we must make hard choices in order to perpetuate. This is the reason our founders demanded this new country would rule by law or legislation, not emotion. In the event that an issue needed clarification and perhaps a bit of emotion — where why matters — this nation would call upon the mother of all mothers, Lady Liberty, the maternal reasoning trusted to the judicial system. Finally, the executive branch to join law and emotion and unify the country.

Immigration policy tests every fiber of the system and profoundly affects each individual citizen. It’s hard to imagine a more complicated issue.

Unfortunately, this is not simply a humanitarian matter. Embedded within is human and drug trafficking, terrorism, and other undesirable — even life-threatening — problems. Yes, often, innocents are left vulnerable and abandoned. Still, we must weigh the risks and rewards.

These potential dangers rank high on the current president’s list of criteria in the formation of new permanent legislation and implementation. President Trump wishes to create a strong barrier between the United States and Mexico, deport criminal illegals, end “sanctuary cities” for illegals, and enforce current employment laws that prohibit hiring undocumented immigrants. Trump has other ambitions as related to immigration, but these are at the top of his list. The theme for Trump is safety and jobs — not a terribly radical notion.

Currently, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 12 million illegals live in the United States. Many do strain the social services system with basic needs for healthcare, education, food, and housing. The Bureau estimates it costs taxpayers a $113 billion a year for these minimal services.

Here’s a thought about creating living standards for others: Be careful with the lives of others. It isn’t always our place to define a route to happiness for others. I’m often reminded of this when I go to the local workshop for people with disabilities; my special-needs son works there. These fine people always take my breath away as they seemingly have so little, and yet, their happiness far exceeds that of others I know who are more fortunate, financially. Our things, possessions, often create problems. In reality, would most immigrants be happier at home if they simply felt safe?

Logically, even truthfully, in the end, any country, by design, can have what the United States of America and Canada have to offer.

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