Tuesday, May 2, 2006

More on Immigration

I found some interesting (as well as some truly ignorant) comments on a local news station's website. Thought I'd share some of them:
I welcome legal immigrants, but we should not reward illegal immigrants because some believe they are trying to make a better life for themselves. If that argument was valid, we must show the same compassion to crooks that rob and kill for food or drug dealers that sell drugs to make a better life for themselves. You get the point? You are totally welcome here if you are legal. But if you're not legal, then go back to where you came from!


What part of "illegal" is not understood? People who have gone the proper route to obtain citizenship or work status should indeed be outraged at today's events. I also wonder why our law enforcement agencies could not pool their resources at these "rallies" and check for proper ID. If they don't have it, put them in a truck and send them to the border. If you're illegal, you don't have a leg to stand on.

In my opinion, if we don't enforce the immigration laws, then we're not only leaving our doors open to (mostly well-meaning and hard-working) Latino immigrants, but to those who have malignant intentions in our society. The laws have been put in place for a reason, and to change/relax/repeal those laws is the first step down a slippery slope.


  1. One last comment: they think they "deserve" medicare and social security. Well, so do the "legal" folks who have worked hard for the last fifty years and have had so much money withheld from every paycheck to cover it. Now its looking like in 15 or 20 years NOBODY will be getting either. Illegal workers should have some kind of BASIC health insurance, (in case they mash their finger or get a sore throat), paid for by their employers and withheld from their paycheck like everybody else's is. But why GIVE them such insurance when there are so many Americans w/o any at all? Am I missing something here???

  2. You truly are missing something. And I haven't the time to explain it to you. But I will. Feel free to email me at sir_james@iglou.com for an elaboration at a later time.

  3. James~
    I'd love to hear the elaboration. I can't imagine what it is... I'll have to email you pretty quick.

  4. Allow me to elaborate just a bit. Of course, there’s no question, every country has the right to protect the sovereignty of its borders. I am paraphrasing Ruben Navarrette, a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, and author of Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano. When I first read his articles, I had no clue that the man was Latino. No one would. He is sometimes critical of what some may refer to as his “own” people. But he assured me, he was an American for many reasons, but most of all because of his sense of entitlement and soft hands. This is not to imply that there aren’t hard working Americans with anything but soft hands. As said by many, there is no simple or easy answer to this issue, and trust me, it’s far bigger than the recent “uprising” that has occurred. The big picture is so much bigger.

    I could take up several pages with the background on this issue and tell true stories that would make anyone second guess exactly what it is that they believe, but I suppose, unlike solutions to this debate, my point is indeed a simple one. We must be as humanistic as possible, first, and think logically, second, which doesn’t always coincide with compassion, but, there is no doubt, the line has to drawn somewhere. The border right? Well, circumstances have brought this issue to where it is now. Dealing with the now, as in any situation, is of most importance before any other problem solving can take place.

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you said, Erin. It was the "missing something" that gave my intellect an erection.

  5. Entitlement and soft hands are two of the biggest problems with our country today. The willingness to work seems to be lacking these from our society.

    So... in your opinion... legalization, or deportation? and why?

  6. I'm all excited and shit. I love it when my mind is pushed. I digress. Anyway.

    As said, there is no simple solution to this issue. But I will say that deportation, at least mass deportation, is just not practical. And the legal system, in this case, has made this bed so to speak, so do what we have to do to ease emotions now, and, if that's legalization, then do so. And then there's the whole other problem of actually having borders that serve their intended purpose.

    I'll tell you what. This has got me going like I never thoughtb it would. So, I'm going to start a series on my blog about the immigration debate in this country. Look for it on my creative nonfiction blog page. I want start this thing from the beginning for a deeper understanding of the issue.

  7. Sir James: glad to be of help ....