Why Immigration is Good

Aside from all the other reasons, immigration is good for Seniors. Immigration brings in younger workers into the workforce, which is required to support the Social Security System. Not only does it help support those of us that are nearing retirement, it helps the economy in general.  If places that accept immigration the economy shows marked improvement with in 2 years based on new businesses and improvement of existing businesses. Even in countries that do not accept migrants wholly, the economy grows markedly in 4 Years.

Following is some research by The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The full article is at  https://www.oecd.org/migration/OECD%20Migration%20Policy%20Debates%20Numero%202.pdf .

Labor Markets

  • Migrants accounted for 47% of the increase in the workforce in the United States and 70% in Europe over the past ten years.
  • Migrants fill important niches both in fast-growing and declining sectors of the economy.
  • Like the native-born, young migrants are better educated than those nearing retirement.
  • Migrants contribute significantly to labour-market flexibility, notably in Europe.

The Public Purse

  • Migrants contribute more in taxes and social contributions than they receive in benefits.
  • Labour migrants have the most positive impact on the public purse.
  • Employment is the single biggest determinant of migrants’ net fiscal contribution.

Economic growth

  • Migration boosts the working-age population.
  • Migrants arrive with skills and contribute to human capital development of receiving countries.
  • Migrants also contribute to technological progress.
      Understanding these impacts is important if our societies are to usefully debate the role of migration. Such debates, in turn, are essential to designing policies in areas like education and employment that maximize the benefits of migration, especially by improving migrants’ employment situation. This policy mix will, of course, vary from country to country. But the fundamental question of how to maximize the benefits of migration, both for host countries and the migrants themselves, needs to be addressed by many OECD countries in coming decades, especially as rapid population aging increases demand for migrants to make up shortfalls in the workforce.

Improper Entry is a Misdemeaner

The following is from findlaw.com. I do not know about you, but I do not think my children would be put in a tent city or a 20 foot kennel if I committed a misdemeanor!


Improper Entry Is a Crime

To be clear, the most common crime associated with illegal immigration is likely improper entry. Under federal criminal law, it is misdemeanor for an alien (i.e., a non-citizen) to:

  • Enter or attempt to enter the United States at any time or place other than designated by immigration officers;
  • Elude examination or inspection by immigration officers; or
  • Attempt to enter or obtain entry to the United States by willfully concealing, falsifying, or misrepresenting material facts.

The punishment under this federal law is no more than six months of incarceration and up to $250 in civil penalties for each illegal entry. These acts of improper entry — including the mythic “border jumping” — are criminal acts associated with illegally immigrating to the United States.

Like all other criminal charges in the United States, improper entry must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict.

Unlawful Presence Is Not a Crime

Some may assume that all immigrants who are in the United States without legal status must have committed improper entry. This simply isn’t the case. Many foreign nationals legally enter the country on a valid work or travel visa, but fail to exit before their visa expires for a variety of reasons.

But mere unlawful presence in the country is not a crime. It is a violation of federal immigration law to remain in the country without legal authorization, but this violation is punishable by civil penalties, not criminal. Chief among these civil penalties is deportation or removal, where an unlawful resident may be detained and removed from the country. Unlawful presence can also have negative consequences for a resident who may seek to gain re-entry into the United States, or permanent residency.

Guns Need Laws Too! By Pat Carlson

Guns Need Laws Too!

By Pat Carlson

Most people in our country accept that cars and trucks are regulated by Local, State and Federal laws. All are licensed as are their drivers. Do not forget insurance. Most people say that is okay because car and truck accidents cause more deaths. That is false. You can check with the state of Minnesota on on the causes of death. Guns cause more deaths. That is a fact. That number includes murders, suicides, and accidental shootings, but all gun deaths are violent.

One of my grandsons was concerned after the latest school shootings in Florida. I told him it probably will not happen in his school, but if he sees anyone shooting a gun, he should duck and hide. Most schools now have drills on what to do. Children should NOT have to worry about dying in school.

We need to improve security in school with surveillance and have security people. Not arming our teachers. Teachers have enough to do.

No one suggests that we take away guns from law abiding citizens or responsible gun owners, but we must:

  • Improve background checks.
  • Hold people responsible if they sell guns to criminals.
  • Ban the sale if assault rifles and bump stocks.
  • Face the fact that we need crisis intervention for people with Mental Health Issues.

If we can agree on laws for cars and trucks, why can we not agree on the same for guns.

I pray and stand with other people to stop gun violence. I hope there are no more shootings in our schools. I pray that we can regain some of our lost innocence.

Pat Carlson
Long Prairie, MN