To the Sioux Center News:

As a former Boeing engineer, one way to solve a whole host of problems is to make an electrical analog. This works particularly well in problems of flow. For instance, one can determine how much conditioned air (current) goes down runs (wires) of different lengths and diameters (resistances) pushed by a single fan (battery) of a given size (voltage or “potential.”)

1. Our standard of living is too high. People are like electrons. Given the “potential” difference (in earnings) by swimming a hundred meters across the Rio Grande is far too low. Indeed, Central American immigrants brave a 2,000 mile journey to get here. The wall must be built — as a giant resistor. Raising the minimum wage is also counterproductive.

2. We decrease the “potential” to leave what they know and love — their homes, language, family and embark on a long and dangerous path to our border. Further, the corruption of Central America is huge and seems to be without end. We send in the military! What a couple thousand U.S. Marines couldn’t do! Plus, we get several thousand ex-military experts in construction back home to rebuild our roads, bridges, levies, dams and airports. One could speak on mandatory service. I’ll leave that to the reader. Anyway, it is the Monroe Doctrine on steroids.

3. Yet, there exist areas that need hard working hands here and now. Here’s the plan: a city needs help. Say Sioux Center needs 20 unskilled laborers. Twenty asylum-seekers agree to make Sioux Center their home, are fitted with an ankle monitor and perhaps a microchip and are given instructions to call an automated number should they visit someone outside say 150 miles of Sioux Center. There are days of travel per year. There are many small rules like this. The bottom line being: Break the rules and they are deported with a good long wait until they can apply again. If they play by the rules, they are invited to take the U.S. Citizenship test. A concrete “path to citizenship.”

4. Another benefit exists: Immigrants could be given a state ID number, allowing them to get automobile license and insurance, as well as credit histories, etc. This protects us all as an uninsured motorist is still a motorist (regardless whether they are insured or not).

5. This approach is not without difficulty on our end. We will have to provide short-term housing for workers and their families. This could be accomplished of course by building a structure or (at least in the short-run) by the government (state or federal) contracting with members of the community (e.g. empty nesters) to arrange short-term accommodations. Many would object, perhaps invoking the fourth amendment (banning quartering of soldiers), but I would point out that this quartering is voluntary and it is far better to pay people, rather than corporations. All for much less than (I’ve heard reported): $750 per night per person we are spending now.

Peter Andersen,

Sioux Center