Es La Migra (Immigration)

May 28, 2007

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.


9 comments
alyssa
alyssa

illegal immigration just ticks me off all together, and honestly the way our government is handling it is "BS" and to be honest, i think republicans are poking around the issue, but failing to do anything about it, and that i am ashamed of.

oyster
oyster

Good post, Avman. I agree with most of what you say here. But you have your work cut out for you trying to win the immigration debate with logic (especially amongst the "amnesty = anything other than mass deportation" crowd). Here's a quibble: "Addressing... the failure of the welfare system alone would make great strides in reducing illegal immigration" Since 1996, welfare caseloads have been cut by 54%, yet illegal immigration increased markedly during that time. Despite the influx of illegal immigrants, the unemployment rate has been in the 4-5% range for most of the past decade (save for a brief recession in 2001). And here's a long excerpt from a Wall Street Journal "Review and Outlook" Opinion piece from 5/24/07. It's titled "Immigration and Welfare": "In most cases immigrants will pay at least as much in lifetime federal taxes as they receive in benefits. "One basic flaw in the Heritage analysis is that, as a study by the Immigration Policy Center points out: "The vast majority of immigrants are not eligible to receive any of these [welfare] benefits for many years after their arrival in the United States. . . . Legal permanent residents cannot receive SSI [Supplemental Security Income], which is available only to U.S. citizens, and are not eligible for means-tested public benefits until 5 years after receiving their green cards." "Illegal immigrants are also ineligible for any kind of federal welfare benefits -- with the exception of emergency health care. Many of the Congressional proposals to legalize this population would not allow these workers to collect welfare until waiting up to eight years for a green card and five years after that. "The 'welfare' charge is also refuted by the experience of the federal welfare reform passed 11 years ago. That law reduced the welfare eligibility of new immigrants on the sensible grounds that the magnet for America should be work, not a government handout. Ron Haskins, an architect of that reform and the author of a 2006 book on its consequences, concludes that "the use of welfare by noncitizens has declined rapidly" in the wake of that law. "... Between 1994 and 2004, the percentage of immigrant households collecting traditional cash welfare payments, supplemental security income, and food stamps fell by about half. The decline in welfare use was more rapid for immigrants than for native-born Americans. The exception has been Medicaid, thanks to states that have increased immigrant eligibility for the state-federal program in recent years. "However, immigrants have a positive financial impact on the most expensive federal entitlements: Medicare and Social Security. This is because immigrants generally come when they are young and working. Seventy percent of immigrants are in the prime working ages of 20-54, compared to only half of the native-born American population. Only 2% of immigrants are over 65 when they arrive compared to 12% of natives. "As a result, most immigrants contribute payroll taxes for decades before they collect Social Security or Medicare benefits. The Social Security actuaries recently calculated that over the next 75 years immigrant workers will pay some $5 trillion more in payroll taxes than they will receive in Social Security benefits. These surplus payments more than offset the costs of use of other welfare benefits received by most immigrant groups."

Shari
Shari

I think that it is great that Avman has a website that allows those of us enraged by this controversy to share our voice and actually be heard by others. It is sad but true, you don't know if you can voice your opinion without getting mobbed by those who defend the illegal, U.S. invading scum!!! Thanks again Avman!!!

Jeremy H. Bol
Jeremy H. Bol

When illegals start to dominate the contract work arena it no longer becomes an issue of "jobs Americans won't take". I'm sure there are tons of contractors willing to swing a hammer that are unemployed or looking for new work because the contract can be supplied with ample cheap but illegal labor. Do we have any checks on this? Not many. Was the "real-ID" law supposed to fix this up a bit? Yes, but where the hell is it? The other piece of that is when somebody gets busted for hiring illegals they pay a fine and go back to work. No biggie. I'm sure the money they're saving with illegal "sweat shop" labor is more than making up for whatever they lose in fines. With the hike in the minimum wage it might even be cheaper to register all your workers illegally and pay the fine for each one. There needs to be stricter penalties for violators. I'd advocate mandatory jail time for employers. Then something like a three strikes you're out policy for the business as a whole. After all, when businesses allow illegal employment it's an incentive for the undocumented to clutter the border, hampering our ability to protect ourselves from the "bad" ones crossing. Welfarce. Damned skippy. I'm behind you 100%. I've been a long supporter of "workfare". I know this wasn't addressed, but I'll mention it anyway. How can we deport millions of people working in this country? Make it impossible to be gainfully employed. They'll leave on their own. Once the conditions are better in their own country they'll head to where the pasture's greener.

Nik
Nik

I agree with shari, im not opposed to LEGAL immigration. it is a load of bullshit that we as hard working americans have to support those who come here illegally. just a list of what we as americans help provide illegal immigrants: welfare, social security, a wasted education since they dont want to learn english, we pay for low income housing and the utilities to go along with them. is this not too much, considering these people are here illegally? we as americans work to earn these things, why shouldnt they? and going back to the issue of americans relying on welfare instead of working, i dont see that these illegal immigrants are doing any different. where i live, you can go around town and at every low income house, you can find a new vehicle costing anywhere from $35,000-$50,000. now sure maybe they work to buy those vehicles but its not legally, and by that i mean it has to be under the table. the reason i say this is if they make enough money to buy an expensive automobile, legally, then they would not be able to live in a low income house. end of argument. im just really sick of people defending illegal immigrants when they have done nothing to be defended for. if there were no people like that, we would not have the problems we do with the immigration because there would be more willing to do something and less to counteract what the activists do.

Shari
Shari

It has become a sad time in the good ol' USA when we have to set back and watch the money that we, as hard working citizens, are paying into social security just to know that we will never see that money. Obviously the government is more concerned with supporting the illegals that are pouring into our country by the thousands daily than they are about supporting their own citizens, especially those that have fought the wars that the government has gotten us into. I am not against anyone coming into this country so long as they want to do it legally and pay into the system like the rest of us. This bullshit of supporting them when they do nothing to help themselves is just that, bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!

rouxdsla
rouxdsla

The only reason I'm a little angry is that I am a law abiding citizen. It angers me that others don't have to follow the rules that I do.

Susan
Susan

All i can do is agree with GMRoper Avman,Damm well said.

GM Roper
GM Roper

WELL Said Avman... DAMN WELL SAID!!!

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