The above cartoon, while representing the sentiments of many, does not represent the view of all. The problem revolving around the immigration issue seems to have been muddied and tainted with the all-encompassing fallback – racism.
Immigration itself is not a problem when viewed from the standpoint of the U.S. Immigration Laws, it becomes an issue, most overlooked by those opposing any sanctions upon specified immigrants, when the matter involves an ‘illegal’ alien invasion.
More often than not, most people who are outspoken about any alleged reform of immigration laws fail to see the true issue underlying the alleged reform. Why do I say ‘alleged’ reform? Because just this month, Arizona passed their own version of already existing law and immediately the Arizona governor was dubbed a racist and the law called reform. The truth of the matter is that the Arizona law did nothing more than establish the U.S. Immigration Law within the borders of Arizona. It mirrors a long-standing law that is already in effect for the whole of the country.
Alot of people screaming over Arizona taking matters into their own hands after years of failure by the federal government to uphold their own laws, have no idea that two months ago an Arizona rancher, who was said to have actually helped illegal immigrants by providing them with food and water while he waited with them as immigration patrol arrived to take them back to the border, was gunned down on his own land by an illegal immigrant. see Ariz. rancher’s slaying sparks debate over illegal immigration
What is fair? To whom is it fair?
Is it fair that the word ‘illegal’ is used to an immigrant that enters another country in opposition to that country’s immigration laws?
Is it fair for legal residents to get upset when their jobs and livelihood are being taken away by an immigrant that has not made themselves a legal citizen?
Hospitals are closing across the country due to the burden of illegal immigration, college students find that summer jobs have dried up due to illegal immigration, and wages across the board are depressed by the overwhelming influx of cheap and illegal labor.
Is it fair when all ‘citizens’ of the United States are expected to produce proof of identity, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance when pulled over by an officer of the law and for ‘illegal immigrants’ to not be?
Is it fair to be called a racist because you stand up for your country and the rights of the people that are naturalized citizens no matter whether they were born here or obtained citizenship via the legal process?
Is it fair for one nationality to believe they are entitled to the same rights as a ‘legal’ citizen when they themselves are 1) not a citizen, and 2) have already committed a felony within that country?
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
- “Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868.
- 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
- No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
- [emphasis added]
It is a sad day when people immediately flip the race card all because they do not look at the bigger picture but decide to go with the flow of what little they espouse from the media. It is a sad day when situations such as the one presented before all of America today – illegal immigration – is causing a major divide amongst what makes this country what it is – the people.
As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture. ~Bob Filner
Because the worst of all worlds is when you pretend like you have an immigration policy, you make coming into the United States without our permission illegal, and then you actually don’t enforce it. ~Tom Tancredo
(This was originally written on 17 May 2010 on my forum AnimeDohyou. There was also a debated topic regarding the mentioned Arizona law in a different thread, as seen in the comments to this post.)