Our View: Don’t We Have Bigger Issues to Tackle?

This morning we were greeted by an article from Jon Murray in the Indy Star discussing the possible side effects of Senator Mike Delph’s immigration bill.  The article highlighted some of the problems Arizona experienced when passing a similar law including the loss of what may have amounted to $169 million dollars in convention business. 

With a capitol city that made its mark as the amateur sports capitol of the world and is working to become a tier one city in the convention world, this isn’t exactly what anyone in Indianapolis wants to hear. 

Do we really need to involve ourselves in such divisive issues?  A Pew Research poll noted that Indiana has an estimated 120,000 illegal immigrants of an estimated 11.1 million in the country.   We are talking about less than 2% of the population in Indiana and 1% of the national illegal immigrants in the entire country here in Indiana.  Arizona was talking about 500,000 undocumented immigrants in 2008 and 10% of their workforce.  Maybe, just maybe, this is an issue that Indiana should not have such as much interest in as someplace like Arizona.

We have evidence this could be harmful to our local economy and part of the district that Senator Mike Delph, the author of the bill, represents.  For all the talk about jobs, the economy and creating business-friendly environments, legislation like this just does not make sense.

With the immigration bill and our “strong” stance on gay marriage, it seems as though some in our legislature are more focused on a very small percentage of Hoosiers at the expense of the vast majority.

But, hey, at least we can compete for the TEA Party convention.  At this rate, they may be the only people who would consider us a welcoming state.

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5 Responses to Our View: Don’t We Have Bigger Issues to Tackle?

  1. Derek says:

    Why would we wait until we have a larger illegal immigrant population to do something? The law is the law and the feds aren’t doing their job. Since our nation is only “states that are united,” let’s remember that we, the states, created the feds, so when they don’t do their job, it becomes our job.

    The reason we don’t have people willing to do certain jobs – like landscaping, construction, and housekeeping, just to name a few that come to mind – is because they haven’t had to do them. People have been spoiled by 2 years of unemployment insurance and welfare programs. Now that we will likely need to cut back on those items, people will need to take on those less desirable jobs, just as people did 60 years ago.

  2. We live in Indiana. We are like 2 states South of the Canadian border. Do you really think we are about to be overrun by illegal immigrants? That is about as likely as gay marriages sweeping over Indiana…or a shortage of corn.

    You’ll note that we didn’t say anything about needing illegal immigrants. We’re saying there are bigger fish to fry.

    And as much as a state wants to take action on the issue, the fact is that none of it really matters until the borders are secure. There are only two ways to solve that. Either get the feds to do it OR work with the states along the border as a coalition to do more border secruity as a state.

  3. Wurstnitemare says:

    Robert, Great Blog. Your points are very well explained. Delph is basicly doing this to gain some press and maybe a little naitonal attention. We really have much more important htings to worry about than this. This bill will hurt our state in many ways in the future. Basicly the Tea Party does not have much to hang their racest hats on so they are making this an issure.

    This WILL hurt convention biz. Its nothing more than Grandtanding on Herr Delphs part.. I stil say that this is a federal issue. We all agree that something needs to be done to secure our borders, but this is so racest that it’s not even funny. I only hope that this does not reflect Delphs view on the world in general. He is already attacking Lugar for being too liberal.Delph is full of himself right now. He is showing us a very evil side of hmself. Yes WSP you are right on target, thanks for this blog

  4. Wurst, we aren’t sure if we are more excited that you liked something we posted or that you called us WSP as many times as you called us Robert!

    Seriously, positive feedback is much appreciated.

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