Saturday, April 24, 2010

The case for illegal immigration: why are some worthy and some not?

Every politician loves illegal immigration. It's one of those hot button, emotionally based, issues that's sure to get the true blue constituency fired up and behind the obviously "pro American" candidate supporting shipping all the illegals back to wherever they came from. Everyone from would be Governors to Presidential hopefuls have used the 'illegal card' to garner votes, yet, it remains one of the most hotly contested issues in our modern political discussion. But is it really the problem that the manipulative politicians want us to believe it is or is it yet another version of manufactured reality they are pushing us to accept?

Let me start off by saying that I agree that our country has an immigration problem. But I don't believe it's the same problem the politicians would like us to believe it is. The problem the United States has with illegal immigration is one of its inability to properly handle the small number of violent offenders that stream into our country every day. In a country where we can't properly deal with American born and bred offenders, it's no surprise that we don't stand a chance against offenders who sneak into the country illegally.

Understand that the problem, as I see it, is not the fact that there are millions of people here illegally. Personally, I don't have a problem with that. I know many people who came to this country illegally and are hard working, contributing, members of their communities. Sure, there are certain ways they can't "contribute" but they often make up for it in other, non-monetary, ways.

This country was founded by those who, today, would be considered illegals. Our ancestors came here for the exact same reasons that those who cross rivers and borders come here: to find a better life for them and their families. Our ancestors often took what they wanted violently from the natives yet today's immigrants are most often the recipients of much of that same violence. The shoe has indeed slipped on the other foot.

Have we as a nation forgotten that we are 'the better life'? Have we forgotten that the reason people risk their lives to come here is because they want the simple things that we take for granted? How can we fault someone for doing whatever it takes to raise their family out of desolation when we wouldn't think twice about doing the same thing ourselves if the situation called for it?

So, how do we solve illegal immigration? We shouldn't. We should throw open our boarders and welcome those who are less fortunate with open arms. We should expand the American dream to everyone and make it possible for everyone to enjoy a piece of the good life. Yes, there should be certain safeguards in place to make sure that those who would take advantage of the system, not contribute, or would commit crimes, are kept out, but we should not deny someone the things we feel are our 'god given rights' simply because they don't have a piece of paper. Does the U.S. government now validate rights holders for god?

Now, I'm sure some reading this will be offended. But, before you send me a nasty email, consider this: we've invaded other countries to 'spread freedom' and make peoples lives better. How can we exclude people based on a piece of paper? What makes one group of people worth starting a war to set them free and another worthless? The insanity of such 'logic' baffles me and I hope it baffles you too.

I, for one, welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters. Be free, be productive, and live a good life. You are here for a reason and you are valuable.

1 comment:

Vicky said...

I have been saying this for years. I am so happy to find something else we have in common :)