I’m not usually the type of guy who lets my views go unexpressed, but as far as the immigration debate is concerned, I’ve stayed silent. That is until now. You see, I haven’t heard anybody address the immigration debate to my liking. Conservatives have engaged their emotions into a debate, and unfortunately it comes off as being hateful, mean spirited, and against one particuliar race. Let me be clear in that, I am not ashamed of conservatives, but embarrassed by the emotions of viciousness that appears to be aimed at Hispanics.
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I understand that it isn’t racism, but rather, an overheated debate where reason has become the victim of a hostile takeover of emotions. It’s not the first time that it’s happened. Debates over issues seem to capture the minds of Americans. The abortion debate of the early nineties, OJ Simpson, the impeachment of Clinton, and the debate over war, all examples of where reason was hiding like coins in the couch.
We’ve forgotten that ‘illegal immigrants’ also includes people from countries such as Canada, England, and Spain. It also includes people who are trying to escape dictatorships such as Cuba, Venezuela, Iranians, and North Koreans. In our zealousness, we sent an innocent 5 year old child, whose mother died trying to give Elian Gonzales a better life in America, back to a life that not one single American would wish on their own child.
It’s not just the anti-immigrant view that is without reason. I am very sympathetic to immigrants coming to the United States, even if it’s illegally. I don’t believe that the majority of immigrants have any intentions whatsoever to bring harm into our country. However, it’s absolutely insane, that in a time of war, just a few years after the worst attack on American soil, we wave a magic wand and grant citizenship to an incalculable amount of strangers.
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Keep in mind that many of these people that demand that we give citizenship to illegal immigrants are also the same people that cried and complained that more than 95% of ships coming into our ports go unchecked. Allow me to repeat, these are the same people that have absolutely no problem with strangers coming over our landlocked borders by the thousands each day. Whatever those people are smoking, they better stop because it can’t be legal.
But what can we expect from people who can’t discern between legal and illegal, saying that anybody who’s opposed to illegal immigration is also opposed to legal immigration? I’d like one person to show me where anybody, anywhere has suggested that all immigrants should not be allowed to come here, excluding extremist or racist websites.
It seems absolutely stupid to worry about terrorist coming in through our ports when they can easily mix in with Latinos and come over the border completely undetected. Why on earth would somebody complain about our ports when there’s not a problem of illegal immigrants, and yet watch thousands of illegal immigrants come across the border and understand their plight? I think they are suffering an illness called Stupidus Maximus.
I love the idea that the United States is the lighthouse of freedom to the rest of the world. That we are a great beacon of light, that people risk prison, even their own lives, to escape the dictatorships and live in our country. The respect of freedom must always be our top priority.
Still, we are living in a post 9-11 world, and more importantly are still at a time of war. The issue of illegal immigration must be addressed, but not so woefully.
With minutemen standing at our borders and immigration officials standing by, immigrants still come over the border by the thousands. How on earth do any of us think a wall is going to stop them when a river and a wall doesn’t stop them now? Despite what any of us think, illegal immigration is not the most important issue facing Americans today.
If we’d all step back a little and look at the problem with a little bit of reason, we’d see that illegal immigration is a failure of American policies. Now before you go all Rudy Giuliani crazy on me, please give me the opportunity to explain.
How many times have we heard that illegal immigrants do the jobs that Americans won’t do? Why won’t Americans do the jobs that needed to be done? We have a myriad of people that are more than capable of doing the work and that currently not working. Why won’t they do the work? Because it’s much easier to sit at home collecting a welfare check than to get up and do a job that they don’t have to do. Illegal immigration is a direct result of a failing welfare system.
Another reason is because of cheap labor. The demand of cheap labor is higher and with congress raising minimum wage to $7.25, that demand for cheap labor is likely to increase. When the economic burden on employers becomes overbearing, they either find ways to cut cost or go out of business.
Addressing the high cost of employment regulations and the failure of the welfare system alone would make great strides in reducing illegal immigration, but there are so many other ways that we can change our policies, making the United States a better place for Americans to work, and less desirable for immigrants to come here illegally. We just need to be willing to look at this issue with reason, not emotions.