Should the illegal immigrants be declared felons or, conversely, amnestied ? Should the guest worker program be put in place, or not ? Is there a flood of illegal Mexican immigrants, or the flow is pretty steady and the same as always ? Should the fence be built between Mexico and the US, or should the National Guard be deployed along the border ? Etc.
What are the real motives behind all these questions which suddenly became the focus of the heated debate recently ? Is it really about the worries that illegal immigrants tax the American economy rather than sustain it ? Or is it about the fear that Mexicans will take over the country ? Or is it about the danger that terrorists can penetrate the US under the disguise of the Mexican immigrants ?
The fact that the debate started raging after 9/11 clearly indicates what is the primary concern with the illegal immigration from Mexico. It is not that they come in big numbers. It is not that they depress the wages and, thereby, take jobs from young Americans (and thereby sustain low food prices, etc). It is even not that they tax the American economy. It is the fear of terrorist attacks that makes the current state of the US-Mexico border untenable.
Once it is understood, the problem immediately lends itself to applying TRIZ. Indeed, in this interpretation it boils down to the following contradictions:
As soon as the problem is transformed into contradictions, they can be easily resolved. For example, the National Guard has, of course, to be deployed, but not for the purpose of preventing the illegal immigrants from coming to the US. It has to be deployed just ... for checking them ! Let them stop them, verify that they do not carry WMD, speak Spanish rather than Arabic, are illiterate enough to not take the coveted jobs from Americans, and ... let them in !