Nesting illegally



Photo above: Quaker parrots are ‘banned’ by many states, like Maryland and Pennsylvania, as an invasive species. However, they keep on flocking to the U.S.

These days, it’s becoming more and more difficult to refrain from writing a post directed at one political outrage or another. I find most people are woefully ill-informed about many topics I care about, but my adding fuel to the fire by writing my opinion piece won’t help.  People who have made up their minds don’t want to be confused by facts.

But once more into the breach go I.

Back in the 1960s, I bought my then Marine husband a travel poster showing a Marine on a beach dodging bullets over head.  The caption read…‘Next Year visit beautiful South Vietnam’   He thought it was funny, took it to work and pinned it up on a wall in his office.  His boss suggested he might want to take it down. 

That was the closest X and I ever came to a political discussion.  He didn’t do politics, but I did.  All my life. I put Kennedy stickers on my Dad’s car (he was for Goldwater).  When I visited my Aunt Audrey in the early 1970s, she stuck a Wallace sticker on my suitcase, knowing I detested him.  Later in the 1970s, I married Y, a man whose cousin and uncle served as defense lawyers for Bremer, the guy who put Wallace in a wheel chair.

After that, I worked for a Congressional staff…on a Select Committee formed to examine U.S. population issues including immigration.  Across the hall (our offices were in the old FBI building) sat the U.S. House Assassinations Committee staff. The U.S. experienced a rash of assassinations and attempted assassinations in the 1960s and 1970s and many folks were very concerned.

Those who follow such things know that, in the 1970s and 1980s, the Executive branch of the federal government created: 1/  a Commission on Assassinations (the Warren commission) and 2/ a Commission on Immigration.

Although I had worked on the Congressional version of the latter, I made no attempt to work on the U. S. Commission on Immigration.  Several of my colleagues worked with both the committee and commission staffs, but I left the federal government to return to the private sector where I stayed a dozen more years.

Even in my private sector job as a corporate demographer (Bell System), I could not escape immigration-related issues. Or politics. I won’t describe this here, however.

A decade later, I decided to work for the Census Bureau, not because I was terminated when the Bell System dissolved, but because I was expected to move from the technical job I loved to higher management job which I didn’t love.  I am not a people person, I am a numbers person.

So I retired with a buyout from my corporation, and a 30 percent pay cut and left the private sector to return to government and become a ‘Civil Servant’ at the Census Bureau in an area designated as “Special Populations.”

Over the years, my new job involved developing statistics and reports from censuses and surveys for these population groups: 1/ Ancestry;  2/ Age 65 and over;  3/ women and girls (females);  4/ the foreign born;  5/ Hispanic population. Other staff worked on the Black, Asian-American and “American” Indian population groups.

As you might imagine our work intersected and overlapped. I worked on various aspects of these subjects until I retired. I won’t explain the complexities here, but I will say that as part of my job in several locations, I have actually examined and read sections of the U.S. immigration law as well as the U.S. Code (regulations making the law operational).  Only the U.S. tax law is longer and more complex.

So my opinion regarding U.S. Immigration this…it’s complex.  Always has been, and 99 percent of what you hear from either side these days is spin or opinion. The first mistake many people make is failing to differentiate between legal and illegal immigration. The United States admits over 1 million legal immigrants a year. Before Ronald Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli bill, amending the immigration law, the U.S. admitted about 225,000 people per year…legally.

Of course we are a nation of immigrants.  But today we are a developed country and like every other nation in the world, including Mexico, we need to know who is inside our borders and what they doing here. Did the newcomers follow good orderly direction, filling out the appropriate paperwork, meeting the requirements of the law, or did they jump the queue?  Are they able to support themselves or are they dependent on the welfare of others? Can the localities where they settle support them, i.e. will they add to the burden on the local populace and environment?

As for Mr. Obama’s directive on immigration issued this week, I am still trying to ascertain if its Constitutional and what it means legally. God help anyone who is less knowledgeable on this topic than I am, and who does not understand English.



7 thoughts on “Nesting illegally

    • Indeed. I know many people who came here legally and have met a few over the years who did not. My SIL, step-son and grandson were each born abroad of U.S. citizen parents, but on entering the U.S. each family was required to fill out much paperwork to establish the person born abroad had a right to acquire “citizenship” papers.


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