That Thorny Immigration Issue

cornfieldlogoImmigration – will the issue sink the Republican ship and prevent a GOP takeover of the White House in 2016?

Wannabes vying to be the party’s standard bearer next year are having a difficult time in addressing the issue and keeping the very conservative base happy. Businessman Donald Trump is soaking up all the sunshine on the issue to the dismay and disgruntlement of his fellow competitors.

But is The Donald doing more harm to the Grand Ole Party than good?

Recent polls show he has displaced former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the frontrunner. But the party establishment is not happy with Trump’s words and methods.

Trump is now suggesting that if the party does not like his way of doing things, he may take his bat and balls and go home. Well not home, but may pull out of the Republican race and run as an independent.

Studies and information from the Census Bureau has revealed that the highest number of immigrants coming to the US of A is not from Mexico and Latin America, but rather from Asia. Hispanics are, however, still the fastest growing minority in the country.

Can the GOP come to terms with addressing immigration in a way which will not alienate the majority?

Will the conservative base, which are the ones who will turn out to select the nominee in the primaries and caucuses, allow the candidates to promote a sensible path forward and provide real solutions to an immigration system that all agree, on all sides of the political spectrum, is broken?

Legal immigration is of no issue – except:

Legal immigration is too costly and should be revamped.

Legal immigration wait times are beyond the pale to obtain legal residence/citizenship and need to be revamped.

Except for legitimate political refugees, we must find a way to both keep our borders open and secure the borders from those who refuse to play by the rules.

Xenophobia is a sickness – not an acceptable way of life. We must find the middle ground between being proud Americans and accepting neighbors.

When many people’s great-grandparents, grandparents and millions of others crossed both ponds, one of the primary goals was making sure the children (if not themselves) learned English as quickly as possible.

There was an intense desire to renounce allegiance to the Old Country and pledge firm solidarity with the Land of Promise.

Those days are gone.

In some areas raising and flying the flag of the former country takes prominence over that of the American flag. This use not to be.

In some areas parents refuse to allow their children to learn English and insist on education in the home country language rather than the predominant language of their new homeland.

This all adds to the issue and problem especially in the border states and with many rural Americans unexposed unlike their urban neighbors to immigrants – legal and illegal.

Then there is the issue of how to secure our borders and keep our borders open. We have long prided ourselves on not having troops amassed along either our border with Mexico or with Canada.

Immigration is an interesting subject matter with no one-size-fits-all or easy fix.

I don’t have the answers which will provide the cure for a broken immigration system. I do know to do nothing is the wrong move

 From the Cornfield, how do we as Americans move forward on this issue?

How does the Republican Party address the concerns of the base and be welcoming to those of Hispanic and other ethnic descent?

What is the answer?

The Courts keep knocking down President Barack Obama on his unilateral moves on immigration.

Will GOP candidates pander or do and say what is right for the nation?

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Mark

I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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