We could choose to close our borders; this we have not done largely in part because these individuals contribute to the economic well-being of our country. Economic incentives become dominant where labor and government policy merge. For the same reason it took us until 1863 to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. In the early formative years of the US, the incentive was free labor. Over time the rules have changed but the object of the game is still the same; whether the term is slave, indentured servant or undocumented worker.
In truth and reality, Sanctuary Cities are modern day versions of an old story. Kindness or economic incentive: the question is to which side does the scale fall? The term is supply and demand. These individuals do jobs that many Americans no longer want to do. They drive our taxicabs, work in our hospitality industry and harvest our produce. The major incentive remains a labor market of entry level or unskilled laborers who are willing to do these jobs. No longer free but plentiful.
No doubt our Southern borders will continue to be an issue until Mexico cleans up its internal corruption and see its way to create a strong economy and thereby a working middle class.
Many risk life and.limb to cross the border under very unsafe means. We can choose to have a stricter border control policy that will provide for a legal, orderly and safer path for those. who want to be apart of the American dream. Reform is long over due. It is a moral and just cause The answer is that we will have immigration reform when we truly want immigration reform. When we just do the right thing.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 NIV.