Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against immigration or immigrants, so long as they are legal 🙂 This country, the United States of America, was founded by immigrants fleeing from the immoral and unlawful dominion of tyrants. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and all that. However, that liberty and happiness exists because we are a country of laws, government, and democracy.
This country was founded by people who had the stones to do what needed doing. So what happened? Have we been castrated? Because from where I’m standing, the US Government appears to be composed of spineless cowards who cater to the every whim of the vocal minority. I see no democracy here.
According to the principles of democracy, the majority makes the decisions, and they do so (hopefully) with the best interest of the majority in mind. At least, that is the way it is supposed to work. Unfortunately, our democratic system appears to be failing. Case in point: illegal immigration.
The news is currently filled with stories about Arizona’s new immigration laws…and most of what I’ve seen has been protesters whining about how such laws would be discriminatory, racial profiling, blah blah blah. Bullshit. I’d bet those protesters are either illegal immigrants themselves, or have family and/or friends who are, and should therefore have no voice.
Statistically speaking, there are an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Studies have shown that 57% of those illegal immigrants are Mexican, and another 24% hail from other Latin American countries. That means that 81% of illegal immigrants in the US are Hispanic in origin. With roughly 16 million illegal Hispanic immigrants in the US, with the majority of those found in Western states, perhaps some profiling in Arizona (and elsewhere) would be justified 🙂 Hell yes to asking for proof of citizenship to rent, when stopped by an officer, when applying or a job, etc!
A law that is not enforced is no law at all. While there are some who say that illegal immigration is a victimless crime, that is far from true. A common practice among illegal immigrants is to cross over into the US while pregnant, so that their child can be born here (and thus automatically gain US citizenship). The hospital costs are paid for by us, tax payers, as are the welfare and medicare benefits that often accompany such events. With a child as a US citizen, the illegal immigrants are less likely to be deported. In essence, we are being taken advantage of, and it is reflected in the state of our economy.
Even worse, many illegal immigrants send a part (sometimes a large part) of their paychecks back to family outside of the country. Not only are jobs that US citizens should have lost to illegal immigrants, but money from those jobs is leaving the country, causing a further negative impact on our economy. In some instances that money is even used to bring more illegal immigrants into the country, which means employers who hire illegals may well be funding crime (which means their business assets could be seized, if it can be proven).
Our laws exist for a reason, and anyone who decides to begin their stay in our country by violating those laws should be thrown out of our country unceremoniously. No child born in this country should be granted citizenship unless both parents are either US citizens or have previously started the process of becoming US citizens. To do otherwise is just begging to be taken advantage of, as is amply evident.
I love the freedoms I enjoy as a US citizen, and those are freedoms I will gladly fight for. I understand the desire to provide a better life for yourself and your family, but to do so by violating laws, and at the expense of others, is truly, deeply wrong.
Personally, I am unwilling to reward criminals with my hard-earned money, which is what the US Government does every time they allow illegal immigrants to remain in our country, pay for their health care, or anything else other than swift deportation. Taxes should be used for citizens, not illegals.
So I say this: To hell with the vocal minority! This is a democratic country, the majority is in charge, and we should bloody well start behaving accordingly. If I learn of any illegal immigrants in my area, I will be reporting them to the INS. Come here legally or stay the hell out.