Hello, everyone! In a recent post, I announced a plan to provide 2016 presidential election coverage by discussing many of the issues that we will need to consider when determining who to vote for next November. Since it is so much in the news right now (thanks to Donald “Hairpiece” Trump,) I have decided to kick things off by discussing the topic of immigration.
We are a nation of immigrants. Few of us would be here in the United States today if it weren’t for our immigrant ancestors. Many of these early immigrants came here for the same reasons that immigrants from Central and South America want to come here today. They came here to escape poverty and/or persecution. As a nation, we are proud of this heritage. We are proud that the United States provided a safe haven for those ancestors where they could bring us up to be who we are today.
As such, we need to respect the fact that immigration is part of our culture. As far as I know, Lady Liberty’s tablet has not yet been replaced with a “No Vacancies” sign. Immigration is part of our heritage. It is part of our present. It is part of our future. The problem we face now is how to deal with immigration in a way that will keep us safe from the criminals and drugs that are also passing through our borders.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, with conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame, “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Did you happen to notice that Lady Liberty specifically invites the “wretched refuse” into our country?
Unlike Trump, I do not believe that most of the people who are slipping through our borders illegally are drug dealers, murderers, or rapists. Many of these people are law abiding citizens (apart from entering the country illegally, obviously) who just want to provide a better life for their families. Many of these supposedly horrible people who are infiltrating our borders are children. Many of them will come here with high hopes only to be exploited by drug lords and dishonest Americans who can get away with the exploitation simply because these immigrants are here illegally.
Moreover, not all of these illegal immigrants are coming here with the intention of staying forever. As difficult as it may be for people like Donald Trump to believe, many of these people love their homelands and plan to return once they have saved up the money to go back and support their families in their home countries.
I wonder if, by allowing these people to pump money into the economies of their homelands, we can help create opportunities for them there that will reduce the need for their children and grandchildren to come here looking for work. We do claim to be part of a global economy now. Is it such a bad thing for migrant workers to come here and earn a little money that they can then take back to their home countries and build up sustainable economies there?
“But they’re stealing our jobs!”
Are they? Are they really?
Tell me: When was the last time you (or anyone you know, for that matter) applied for a job picking vegetables? When was the last time you applied for a job on an industrial hog farm? Are these the jobs you’re talking about? Because guess what: these are the jobs that many of these illegal immigrants are “stealing.” And I can tell you from first-hand knowledge that the reason the agricultural industry in the United States relies so heavily on illegal immigrants to get this work done is because Americans simply do not want to do those types of jobs. This work would go undone if it weren’t for the hordes of illegal immigrants who are sneaking across our border to get the job done for us.
Which leads me to my next point: Our current immigration laws make it necessary for our agricultural industry to rely on illegal labor to feed our entire country. This has led to the creation of a system of illegal activity that revolves around generating fraudulent documentation for these workers that will allow them to remain in the country and continue to do our dirty work… Not to mention the elaborate and illegal systems that are in place to get these people into the country in the first place.
Who do you think profits from this underground immigration industry? It’s the organized crime syndicates who are also sneaking drugs, murderers, and rapists across the border. Do you see where I am going with this yet? Undocumented workers come to the United States to fill a very real need. Right now, that need is being addressed by the drug dealers, murderers, and rapists who are currently in charge of immigration on our continent.
We need to admit to the fact that we need these workers. And then we need to set up our own system to get them here to do the work that we need them to do and make sure that money is funneled away from the criminals and into our government coffers. We also need to make sure these workers are not being exploited in the process.
The answer to our immigration problem is not to stop immigration. The answer is to make legal immigration easier so we can cut down on the number of workers who are forced to come here illegally because they have no other choice. When law abiding workers can easily get into the United States and work here legally, they will. When that happens, they will stop feeding their hard-earned money into these organized crime syndicates.
Furthermore, we can then stop wasting our valuable resources on hunting down good people who only want to feed their families and instead target those resources on the criminals and drugs who are getting into this country far too easily. We need to admit to the fact that our own government has contributed to this problem by making illegal immigration so profitable for the drug lords.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I fully expect that I will piss off about 95% of you by the time this election coverage series is done. Please feel free to disagree with me in the comments below. However, please do me a favor and keep the conversation respectful. I reserve the right to tattoo you with a red letter S (for spammer) if you creep too far into asshole territory. I also warn you that my policy is to never engage in conversation with trolls. So, if you are a troll who is looking for a response from me, you might as well save your fingers and go find some other blogger who will happily join you in your shenanigans.
By the way, you’re in America now: speak Native American.