Immigration and America

Two posts from earlier this week each dealt with Immigration Law and Border Security. When discussing a topic like immigration, it is necessary to define the issue.

The issue for most Americans is not “immigration,” but ILLEGAL immigration. I have often heard the following argument made in regard to immigration law: “America is a country founded on immigration.” That is a fallacy. America was founded and formed on the basis of legal immigration. Most of you reading this were likely born here, so the worry associated with becoming a citizen of the United States would never be a concern for you, nor is it a concern for me.

I am not opposed to people from other countries immigrating legally to America. In fact, I fully support it. Many of our finest lawyers, medical doctors, educators, military leaders, inventors, etc. came to America from abroad and became citizens. These fine people have been a contributing factor to the success of America. We cannot and should not be opposed to legal immigration.

The problem we have is with illegal immigration and the strain it places on our systems. The reason is simple; America is still the land of opportunity. You don’t see tens of thousands of Americans crossing into Mexico for the opportunity it provides unless it is for summer vacation. The recent health-care bill enacted in Washington mentioned that the bill did not take into account health-care expense for illegal immigrants, yet we know that hospitals are legally obligated to treat whoever comes through the door.

The cost of allowing illegal immigration to go on without reform is enormous. What do we risk? We risk the safety of our country, the financial burden of providing health care, the resulting jobs unavailable to Americans, the taxable revenue to fund federal programs to which we are committed, and much more.

Despite the mainstream media portraying the situation as though it were the end of civil rights in America, this is a discussion that must be had. I am personally proud of Governor Brewer and commend her for bringing the issue back into the spotlight. It is long overdue and needs attention either from the Federal Government or the States.


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2 Responses to “Immigration and America”

  1. destructionist Says:

    Most people in America aren’t against immigration; they’re just against illegal immigration. For example, like most of our ancestors, my mother’s parents were immigrants. They came through Ellis Island and followed the various legal steps required in order to establish themselves as true citizens of this country. The immigrants crossing the Mexican border, however, have absolutely no interest in following these legal protocols. Once they cross the border, they change their names and/or purchase social security numbers in an effort to conceal their true identities from the law. It is not uncommon for an illegal immigrant to purchase not one, but two or more social security numbers, just in case one is flagged. I have witnessed this crime with my own eyes. (One day, a supposedly legal immigrant was asked to give their social security card to a receptionist for a job application and an interview. When the receptionist happened to ask to see the card a second time, the immigrant mistakenly handed over a different social security card with the same name on it, but with a completely different set of numbers…)

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not against Hispanics. I have many Hispanic friends, but they either have green cards to work in the United States or have become legal citizens. They decided to follow the rule of law and work within the boundaries of our legal system. Unfortunately, many immigrants do not, and it is those particular individuals that we are most concerned about.

    Now it seems that those who sympathize with illegal immigrants wish to hijack the discussion of reform by attacking the law recently imposed by the State of Arizona through protests and boycotts; a state mind you, that has been besieged with crime, drugs and an ever-increasing population of illegal immigrants. Don’t allow them this option. Speak out and take action. This is your country… fight for it.

    In closing, I consider myself to be a bleeding-heart liberal: a Democrat. My ancestor, Roger Williams – the founder of Rhode Island and founder of the First Baptist Church in America, was one too; regarding the acceptance of different nationalities, cultures and religions as the vitality and lifeblood of any country. Nevertheless, I think that he would agree with me; that immigrants wishing to become legal citizens have not only the obligation, but the civil and legal responsibility to follow the rules of law established by any country in which they wish to become authentic citizens, just as our ancestors – both yours and mine – struggled so arduously and righteously to achieve.

  2. Jeff Hartline Says:

    I could not have said this any better. Bravo!

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