Immigration: An Integral View

[Originally posted at Integral Options Cafe.]

Yesterday morning I posted a piece on the teachers and students who skipped school to march in the protests here in Tucson. I had two very impassioned replies from regular readers of my site -- from people I respect.

Immigration has become a very sensitive issue, especially here in Arizona where, as Erica mentions in her comment, many Mexican-Americans know how this land was stolen from Mexico much in the same way the U.S. stole so much land from the tribal peoples who had lived here for thousands of years.

There are no easy answers. We cannot deport 12 million people as Jon Kyl and John Cornyn would like to do, or build a big fence as Kyl has proposed. We cannot criminalize them as the House would like to do. We cannot charge them with criminal trespass as the AZ House wants to do.

So what do we do?

I think the first step is to take an honest -- and integral -- look at the situation to see what really is happening.

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Nutjobs Burn Mexican Flags Outside Mexican Consulate in Tucson

People like these are why I sometimes consider moving to Canada.

From the AZ Daily Star:

Twelve hicks who call themselves the Border Guardians, "a Tucson anti-illegal-entrant group," gathered in front of the Mexican Consulate in Tucson to burn Mexican flags yesterday. They say they were protesting against the Mexican government, which they claim encourages its citizens to come to America illegally.

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Our Immigration Conundrum

Our immigration policy resembles the ineffective war on drugs. For decades we've spent billions of dollars on interdiction and law enforcement yet trafficking only increases. Similarly, the federal government continues to increase spending on border patrol and enforcement to no avail. Indeed, in November 2005, the the Migration Policy Institute described how spending has increased since the passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986(ICRA):

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