Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Noah, I agree with you completely. One is torn both ways on this topic. I've lived in Latin countries for many years. I know the people, their way of life, the good and the bad. I know the poverty many live in. I've seen small children hide behind cars and bushes at outdoor cafes, waiting to run up and grab a scrap of food off a plate and run away. I've seen their eyes shine at the mention of America. Fine, some of our more illustrious alley participants may speak of how the world views America with disdain and how we have fallen in the eyes of the world but, believe me, for average people, especially the poor, America is still THE great hope, the vision that all things are possible. They respect and appreciate the United States more than many of the Americans who live here do, those who demand based solely on their birthright. These people do not have that birthright and yet they do have the desire to work to better their lives and support their families....
...and yet there are indeed rules and laws to be followed. I don't believe the government is harsh in these rules. They do not forbid foreigners from coming in to try to better themselves. They only require that it is done orderly and properly, fill out the forms and make the request. Is that so hard to do? There are many who pay more to smugglers who promise to get them in than they would pay to apply for a green card. Illegal immigrants are here ILLEGALLY. It is ludicrous that they can march as illegals and make demands. They have no right to make demands. As Ron has happily pointed out to me many times, right actually matters. Laws actually matter, be it sleep deprivation at Gitmo, Bush lying or coming into the country illegally. It's wrong.
There would still be a situation, though, even if every immigrant here were legal. They would still get the jobs, willing to do things others wouldn't, willing to work for less. What would be the solution to that? There is only one feasible one that I don't think we will ever see in our lifetimes. Americans who sit home with their welfare checks and food stamps, declaring they won't work for less than this or that or whatever might actually have to change their way of thinking and take these jobs, might have to stop expecting to be taken care of and begin taking care of themselves. As i said, i don't expect to see that happening. But that's a completely different situation.
As far as the immigrants are concerned, as i said, my first point is that they are here illegally. My second point is the one that makes my blood boil and that is that these people here illegally demand rights, demand governments benefits, education, medical coverage, driving privileges, etc.........and what makes my blood boil even more is that they get it. How ludicrous can it get? The government is saying 'You cannot be here illegally....BUT, if you manage to make it past the security we will reward you and give you benefits.' Beam me up, Scotty. I can respect someone who even sneaks into the country to better their lives or earn money to help their families but I have NO respect for those who do that and then demand to be taken care of by the American government and taxpayere dollars. They demand what their own country will not give them. Not only do they take from the funds legal citizens contribute to, they are also detrimental to the economy. Money revolves. That's how the economy works. You earn money, you spend it which goes to companies that use it to pay employees who spend it, etc, etc, etc. Right now Mexico's largest source of revenue, over even tourism, is money sent there by immigrants here, many of them illegal. This is money taken out of the country which breaks the chain of circulation our economy depends on. My third point involves their unwillingness to learn our language, incorporate themselves into our way of life, the lack of allegiance to our flag and anthem.....but i don't even want to get started on these points.....I could go on forever! Countries are splintered and decimated by points like these.
Can illegal immigration be stopped? Not likely. There are too many ways to get in. Can employers be stopped from hiring them? Again, not likely. Can they be stopped from receiving government aid, drivers licenses, medical benefits, education, etc.....yes, they can. We simply need a government that will do it.