Immigration Reform: The Big Picture

The Benefits of Sound Immigration Policy

             Immigration is a central debate in American politics as well as world affairs at present. Is there an all-encompassing solution that looks past political bias and partisan politics that would effectively improve America at the local, state, and national level? I am not talking about discussion points where Democrats want to drum up votes to pad their voting rolls or that Republicans fear the wave of immigrants who would steal jobs or rape our young woman. If you have made it this far in my article, then you are looking for a solution not regarding short sighting politicking but regarding the long-term health of our great country. I propose that accepting immigrants into this beautiful land far outweighs the negative and is a huge benefit to our immediate viability and for future generations of Americans. Not only would we see growth in the economy, our population, consumption of resources such as oil, gas, consumer products, and automobiles, but real estate prices would rise as would the tax dollar Uncle Sam receives from the filing of tax returns. Immigration reform can be a huge win for local governments, states, and the federal government if only Americans see the benefits and hold a macroeconomic view of the future viability of the greatest country on earth, the United States of America. While there are costs associated with immigration reprieve, the costs would likely match current costs of deportation and border security. Furthermore, these costs could be offset with a one-time application fee for immigrants wishing to enter the U.S. and become citizens which ironically could pay for better, high tech border security applications. While this article is brief, I will be writing a more in-depth position paper about immigration. Each topic listed above would see growth and the current environment of national security is more at risk from cybersecurity and Chinese hacking than the low percentage of immigrants who have committed crimes. Therefore, the United States of America and all who are legally allowed to vote, should consider the threat of cyberspace as an immediate threat that needs to be remedied. Let’s protect our cyberspace applications from foreign adversaries by utilizing revenue and population growth to make the U.S. a stronger, more stable, better protected nation who remains atop the technology spectrum regarding quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and robotics; these cyberspace applications will define the future of the world and whichever country masters their applications, will have distinct advantages socially, militarily, and diplomatically.

Jonathan Blaine Graves, MSA, MIR

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