The Immigration Issue
Perhaps the most hot button issue of today is the issue of immigration. Pundits from both the Left and the Right have their valid points, but also their most ridiculous points on the issue. First, a bit about me and why this issue is close to home. My father immigrated here to the United States from Uruguay, that small country that is south of Brazil and east of Argentina, in 1976 during a time when the Uruguayan government was ran by the military. People had a tendency to disappear that didn’t march in line with the military junta in place. It wasn’t until after the military relinquished power back into the hands of the civilian population and a decade of digging up the truth of the matter that US involvement was made visible to the eyes of every person on Earth. However, that’s a different issue altogether. My father came to the United States for a better life and he worked hard for that life. He learned English not in classes provided, but through trial and era and my American mother. This ability to speak the language of our country led to him getting a decent job as a truck driver that made at least $70,000 to provide for us. In 1998, he became a full fledged citizen of the United States of America and by 1999 was a registered voter. He did things the long, hard and legal way.
Fast forward to today where the calls for amnesty being bellowed by immigrants and non-immigrants alike. At first such an idea might seem like a fair avenue to tread, but what the fairness for those who went the legal route who are witnessing the impending amnesty over the horizon? The idea of amnesty is a slap in the face to those who worked hard to become citizens.
Favorite attack against anti-amnesty folks by the Left is equating it with being racist and xenophobic. Being against amnesty is not racist nor xenophobic, it’s common sense and fair. The job market today is severely lacking especially for the black community. What kind of racial strife that will occur due to amnesty can only range from bad to worse. Strife between blacks and Hispanics is already rearing its venomous head with various racially based attacks occurring in schools. Now, imagine once amnesty is placed into effect it’ll most likely be worse once amnesty and especially the DREAMers are common place in America. Blacks have it hard as is, it’ll be worse for them when once upon a time illegal immigrants are granted virtually instant rights and benefits. I’m against amnesty yet I’m not xenophobic nor racist. In fact, I support immigration as long as it’s done legally. I would be hypocrite if I didn’t support immigration.
The Right have their issues too. For example the whole idea of this being invasion is just simply ridiculous to fathom. White conservatives wouldn’t consider their ancestors coming to America as an invasion so why is this situation different to the point of calling it an invasion? The reason why they are here is for the same reason every other person comes to this country: to escape brutal and unsympathetic governments, for an opportunity to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Who doesn’t respect that? You should because, to reiterate, is the same basis and logic of why our ancestors came here. When there’s little to no enforcement of the border by agents and the Federal government than it’s not an invasion, it’s a porous border that needs to be secured. Nothing more, nothing less. And let’s not forget the barbaric attitudes of true xenophobia though that represents a minor constituency of the anti-amnesty crowd. These people are simply nuts and inhumane in dealing with what is a majority of little kids from Central America who listened to their government. Think for a second, if you can, that if you were in a situation where your country was a hellish pisshole and your government was saying to you, “Hey, the Land of Milk and Honey is overflowing and they will accept you no matter what!” wouldn’t you go? Of course you would! It’s human nature to follow the bread crumbs to a better life.
In this post, I only focused on the negative reactions from both sides of the aisle simply because it’s important to recognize the lack of objectivity on the issue and too much emotional pandering rather than tackling the issue from a logical stand point. We can’t solve this issue by being absolutely emotional about it. Yes, realize that these are human beings, but beyond that we need to figure something else out instead of amnesty. We need to secure our border, bring jobs back to this country and then figure out a better way to give incentives to undocumented people to becoming full fledged citizens in a fair and just way.