I find this all very interesting and inspiring. What more is I really wonder how Congress will act in the following week. Will they ignore all of this or reconsider? We shall see.Glen Reynolds made a good point about the immigration debate and the mass protests we are seeing unfold. Here is your answer--they are making it easier for congress to come down harder against illegal immigration. They are bringing negative attention on themselves, and will only increase the fear-factor among the citizenry against illegals.
Illegal immigrants as individuals just trying to make a better life are sympathetic. Illegal immigrants as a mass movement making demands on the polity are considerably less so.I wonder if all Latino immigrants will suffer discrimination and negative sentiments as a result of the actions of illegal immigrants. I, for one, will not be happy with this, and will put pressure on my congressman and Senators to act accordingly.
Michelle Malkin quotes Robert J. Samuelson on some common fallacies in the immigrant debate. I found them compelling and will be reading them more closely and adjusting my point of view accordingly.
Guest workers would mainly legalize today's vast inflows of illegal immigrants, with the same consequence: We'd be importing poverty. This isn't because these immigrants aren't hardworking; many are. Nor is it because they don't assimilate; many do. But they generally don't go home, assimilation is slow and the ranks of the poor are constantly replenished...Her argument against those that say we are a nation of immigrants--an argument I have made, though I now think I have misused that idea. I should say, I have used it with a different meaning. Got to be careful with words.
Like I always say, assimilation and integration are a MUST! Pictures of mass protests, and people wrapped in Mexican flags shouting "Mexico, Mexico!" are clear evidence that this is not happening! I am an advocate for higher immigration quotas, or no quotas at all, done with proper security procedures, and our borders be 100% secured.
We are not a nation of immigrants. We are first and foremost a nation of laws. The U.S. Constitution does not say that the paramount duty of government is to "Celebrate Diversity" or to "embrace multiculturalism" or to give "every willing worker" in the world a job. The Premable to the U.S. Constitution says the Constitution was established "to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."
As our founding fathers recognized, fulfilling these fundamental duties is impossible without an orderly immigration and entrance system that discriminates in favor of those willing, as George Washington put it, to "get assimilated to our customs, measures, [and] laws."
Here is the bottom line. Illegal immigrants broke the law. While some may argue that making it a felony is harsh, I say there must be consequences. I also say there must be prevention. What's the use of calling illegal immigration a felony, if we do not do everything possible to discourage the crime. It would be like saying we want to prevent theft, but we leave our doors unlocked at night. Not smart.
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