Sunday, May 14, 2006

Walls on the Border will Turn Our Nation into a Prison
Immigration is a hot button issue right now. Most Americans want the government to crack down on illegal immigration. According to a recent poll on PollingReport.com 62% of Americans feel that illegal immigration is a serious problem, and they want congress to do something about it. I have personally heard ideas ranging from building a 20 foot wall with armed guard towers across the border, to arresting all business and charitable organizations that help “illegal” immigrants settle into the American way of life. The outcry to stifle immigration into this country is founded on bigotry and ignorance, and I am going to prove it.

Immigrants are stealing American jobs?
We’ve heard many people on their soapbox stating that immigrants are taking jobs away from Americans, and they believe that we have to cap immigration to secure jobs for Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most Americans do not want the jobs that are filled by immigrants. Those are the lowest level jobs that pay little and require many hours of hard physical labor. If Americans would do those jobs, immigrants wouldn’t have the opportunity to fill them.

When immigrants are employed in low-level positions a market demand for more jobs is created. Once they are here they need food, clothing, and shelter. They need cars to drive back and forth to work. In fact according to the US Labor Department we have had a steady decrease in the jobless rate since the year 2003. This is conclusive evidence that immigrants are not ruining the job market. Immigrants may take jobs off the market in one industry, but they create a demand in other sectors. If you think that immigrants are retarding job growth, just wait until the government keeps businesses from hiring them.

In addition, there is no right to a job in America. If an employee desires to keep their job, they will have to work hard and be competitive. Employees should work hard to improve the skills that will make them more valuable to an employer. Next time you go to a fast food restaurant and get served by a snot-nosed little punk with a horrible attitude, think to yourself (so you don’t get your food spat on) how grateful you are that no one has a right to a job in America.

Immigrants cost us money by using our welfare and not paying taxes?
This statement enrages me. First of all, immigrants are less likely to be dependent on welfare or other socialist programs than Americans. Even if this is true, what right does our government have to take my money and redistribute it to another? I don’t care if the money goes to an immigrant or American, the forceful confiscation of wealth for a welfare system is unjust and immoral. Most illegal immigrants obtain fake documents to work. They pay taxes just like you and me. When they buy products, they pay taxes, just like you and me. Don’t blame immigrants for taking advantage of a corrupt and barbaric wealth distribution system; blame the system.

Can you imagine buying and apple, orange, or tomato that was picked by an American? They would cost about $5.00 a piece. By filling low-paying positions immigrants reduce the price of goods by billions of dollars a year. We all benefit financially by having immigrants in the workforce. Taxes cost everyone money. Don’t blame people for being smart enough to elude the IRS, blame the IRS for being so greedy that people feel no alternative other than avoiding them. Blame the government for forcefully taking so much of your hard earned money.

Illegal immigrants do not respect our laws; my ancestors came here legally?
If a law is not respected by so many, then it must be a bad law. Many people have no idea as to what kinds of hoops immigrants have to jump through in order to come to this country legally.

First, an employer or legal US resident living in the US must sponsor you. You can avoid sponsorship if you invest at least $1million in a US based business, or ask for asylum (but you have to prove that it is life threatening for you to return to your country.

Second, you must prove that no American can do your job. Ever wonder why so many doctors come from another country?

Finally, file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residency or Adjust Status, or any other type of application for permanent residency; you must answer a series of questions about your health, finances and good moral character. You must also provide documentation to prove your admissibility. An ICE-approved doctor must examine you, and your family sponsor must complete an affidavit of support to show he or she is able to financially support you. You can get a list of forms here.

Of course I am simplifying these steps, and there is no guarantees that you can come legally. Many “illegal” immigrants come here because they need to feed their families now. They need to work now, and our government has prevented them from coming here to better their lives. The ideas of self-improvement through life, liberty, and property are the principles in which America was founded. Ours’ is a country founded on immigration, and we have no right to keep the many people worldwide who wish to better themselves, from coming here to do so.

When our ancestors came to America, there were fewer obstacles to deter them. They were placed in lines, checked for diseases, and sent on their way. People came here because they wanted to be free, and lift themselves out of poverty. Throughout the history of America there has always been loud groups of xenophobes speaking out against immigration. They want to prevent others from experiencing and taking advantage of the American way of life, in order to preserve their idea of what America should be. Just because there are lines on a map, doesn’t mean that we have the right to keep other human beings from traveling to our country. When walls are built to keep people out, this country will essentially be a locked down prison that keeps Americans in. That isn’t my idea of freedom. The ideology America was based on is said best in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Immigrants will bring diseases?
This is one of the more laughable reasons to keep immigrants from coming to America. Keep in mind that most anyone from around the country can come here at any time without being checked for diseases. They are tourists, and they are encouraged to come. On the flip side of that, we Americans can travel to almost anywhere in the country and return to America without completing a physical. If there was a threat of contracting diseases that couldn’t be cured, we are surely susceptible to catching them now. Good luck at preventing travelers and tourists from coming into America!

Terrorists could sneak into America?
Many politicians do a lot of chest thumping about terrorists. It seems that fear mongering does a lot to get votes. However, I am going to shatter your world right now. The terrorists are already here in America. They do not need to sneak across the borders. All of the terrorists that struck the World Trade Centers came here legally. Setting all of these obstacles to prevent immigration, or building walls to keep people out, will do nothing to prevent terrorist attacks. If you want to make America safe from terrorist attacks, vote out all of the Republicans and Democrats that have trampled through the world murdering millions of people. Apologize for the years of imperialism and intrusiveness that our government has implicated. Apologize for all of the innocent women and children that our government has murdered. Imprison every member of congress, and every living president who has voted in favor of interventionist wars. Then, maybe we will be safe. Our safety has everything to do with controlling our heavy-handed government, not preventing immigration.

Immigrants want to take over America?
I know many immigrants and none of them have wanted to take control of America. Many of them want to come to this country because it offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, something that their county does not ensure. I understand that there are a few immigrants who are racist. I refuse to condemn all immigrants for the racist ramblings of a few, just as I expect others not to condemn me for the words and actions of the KKK.

There is no excuse to prevent immigration that isn’t based in bigotry, xenophobia, misinformation, or fear mongering. However, the reasons to open borders are just, moral and based strictly on evidence.

As we have learned time and time again, prohibition of wanted services such as prostitution, gambling, alcohol, and drugs, will send those services into the black market where rules of society do not apply. Foreigners will desire to come to America, and will so as long as we offer a society that is better than their own. It works in the opposite as well; if you want to keep immigrants from coming here you have to make this country look less desirable than theirs. Do you really want to keep immigrants out bad enough to turn America into a third world country?
Until we open borders, the mafia and other black market profiteers will exploit immigrants to earn a quick dollar. This is called the “new slavery”, and it happens all over the world (2million world wide): “As many as 50,000 people are illicitly trafficked into the United States annually, according to a 1999 CIA study. Once here, they're forced to work as prostitutes, sweatshop laborers, farmhands, and servants in private homes. Victims-- mostly women-- are often desperate to escape poverty and abuse in countries wracked by economic turmoil.

Besides selling immigrants into slavery, the unnecessary regulations, forms, and rules, cost tax payers numerous amounts of tax money. I do not want to hinder immigration, is it justified to take my money to do so? I want to hire immigrants, and not allow anyone to take control of my business. If you want to keep away from immigrants, buy a huge lot of land and keep to yourself. I don’t want to give anyone a hand out, so stop taking my money and crying when it goes to an immigrant. If you want to keep immigrants from being hired, make sure that ideology stays with your business.

Crime increases when we enforce a system that is anything less than open borders. Immigrants, who come here but can’t follow all of the red tape, cannot report a crime when it happens. Even wonder why people are afraid to talk to the police in a poor neighborhood? They aren’t afraid of the criminals as much as they are afraid that the police will send them back home.

Our red tape for immigrants prevents families from staying together. In the slim chance that a man gets a work Visa, his family will either have to come here illegally or stay in an oppressive, impoverished nation without their traditional male protector. In some instances part of the family may be able to immigrate, but inevitably some will be left behind. Our rules tear families apart, and if you have ever been unlucky enough to witness this, it is absolute heartbreak.

Finally, the idea that the government can fix the problems of immigration it has caused, shows the ignorance of the majority of Americans. You cannot fix the social problems caused by government rules and regulations by adding more rules and regulation. The Americans that want stronger immigration laws, or stricter enforcement of current immigration laws, are the same Americans who strongly feel Congress is corrupt and that Congress should do something about the corruption in Congress! I can no longer excuse the mindless ramblings of an America that knows more “American Idol” judges and “Simpsons” characters then the rights enshrined in the 1st Amendment. The only legitimate government is one that will protect your individual rights, without violating the rights of another. Neither the Constitution, nor the United States of America gives us our rights; we have them because we live. We cannot violate the rights of other human beings because we feel imaginary lines on a map and the location of our birth gives us some sort of power to prevent travel.

The American tradition calls for us to be a beacon of freedom for the world. We should open our arms to everyone who wants to come to our beautiful home. I’m as embarrassed as anyone at the mess Republicans and Democrats have made of our country, but I won't justify building a huge wall to hide it. Let’s revel in what is inscribed upon the statue of liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who were sent on their way did not always head west from Ellis Island. Some were sent back for various reasons. In either case there was a check and balance. As far as travailing to the USA, is not this a different subject than immigration? Immigration implies a permanent change of residence. However as far as we not having the right to keep other human beings from changing residence due to some historical obligation toward our own present being or lines on the map. Modern man's origins came from Northern Africa, therefore it is obvious everyone's ancestors came from somewhere else and so immigration is not exclusive to America. In doing so every society laid claim to land, drew lines on a map establishing their territory , created laws for newcomers designed to assimilate these into that society and not the other way around. Most of these cultures gave quarter to a measure of newcomers. Although I have serious reservations as to any ancient accepting the condition of our Southern Border peacefully.

Also I have never spoke with anyone who wishes to prevent others from taking advantage of the American way of life but what I am hearing is they do wish to preserve the sovereignty of our nation which requires protecting the integrity of it's borders . Everybody including Libertarians has an idea of what America should be, including yourself and I see nothing wrong with this to a degree. In brief, the only requirement of which is to tolerate other people until your rights are infringed upon. Which is the rule for assimilating ones self into our American Society.

Which brings to mind questions. Do not private property owners of border ranches and farms have a right to use force against illegal aliens trespassing and some cases destroying their property? Is it not the proper role of government to protect the rights of these CITIZNES? Having a border that draws a line on a map and one that designates property boundaries are synonymous in design .I can't figure out why Libertarians see a difference between the two.

The Preamble of the US Constitution begins with the phrase, "We The People", It's certainly reasonable to assume Our Forefathers were speaking of citizens of the United States exclusively. Prior to this, The Declaration of Independence was mainly a list of grievances against the British Crown. The equality of these self evident truths brought damnation to the English Class System concerning separation and not immigration.


The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France for the US again being drawn into the European affairs. Although I find these words hypocritical coming from the French, I do agree with them. But inscribed on the invisible lines on a map making up our border are the unspoken intent of, "Please use the front door".

The segment of American Society which would under natural order be working these hard and low paying jobs are being paid not to. Libertarians have pointed to ending the welfare state as a means to control undesirable immigration also. Yet since illegal immigrants don't receive welfare unless they were to fake these documents as well, ending the welfare state would basically push illegal's out of this job market as soon as former welfare recipients had to go to work . However ending that state before easing any restriction on the border or granting pardons would be prudent, whereby preventing 12 million more illegal aliens to qualify for welfare.


I agree with your entire statement concerning disease.


Fundamentally I agree that Our Governments international meddling has made America less secure. However I don't think these people just want an apology. Would you? Although you dismiss America's Southern Border as an entry point for terrorists by pointing to the fact that 9-11 was caused by legal let in's, I don't. It stands to reason those seeking revenge would seek entrance on the path of least resistance. I have even less faith in the Mexican Government's ability or even desire stop terrorists from entering their country and heading north, than I do my own.

Have any entered yet? Time will tell. Would you be willing to allow anyone from nations known to be sympathetic to terrorist to enter the US under the present environment without knowing who they are? I think it would take a cooling off period of about 50 years of the US Government not intervening in international affairs prior to relaxing any restrictions.

And yes our government has done a terrible job with immigration. Not sure why? Maybe this has something to with illegal aliens who do have taxes withheld from their pay checks but for the obvious don't file a return seeking a refund. That would be free money for the government. Therefore it is not the fact that government can't, it's a fact that Our's won't.

But that's another good reason to abolish income tax.

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Driven said...

Those who were sent on their way did not always head west from Ellis Island. Some were sent back for various reasons.
Yes, but the process was much less bureaucratic. People were sent back mostly because of diseases that are curable today.

.As far as travailing to the USA, is not this a different subject than immigration?
This was said to show that if we were worried about diseases, than we should prevent travel. Any communicable disease can spread in a matter of hours. A pandemic can happen within 48 hours.

However as far as we not having the right to keep other human beings from changing residence due to some historical obligation toward our own present being or lines on the map.
I think I get what you mean here. Lines on a map are great for giving directions. As far as accepting new people here, if I own property and want to sell it to an immigratn, why should I have to get the "communities" approval? If I own a business, why should I have to check in with anyone before I hire someone? The "lines" on a map does not give you, or anyone else the "power" to prevent travel, control my business, or dictate my sell of property.

In doing so every society laid claim to land, drew lines on a map establishing their territory , created laws for newcomers designed to assimilate these into that society and not the other way around.
No society drew lines on a map. A few individuals drew lines on a map. Society is the way that those people interacted. Society, as compared to a living breathing entity, does not exist.

Also I have never spoke with anyone who wishes to prevent others from taking advantage of the American way of life but what I am hearing is they do wish to preserve the sovereignty of our nation which requires protecting the integrity of it's borders.
Again, a nation is ficitious. It is merely a few lines on a map, or the collective group of people within those lines. Sovereignity in America should lay with the individuals. Have you ever heard the phrase "A man's home is his castle"? That phrase came about because property owners were sovereign, not the nation.

Everybody including Libertarians has an idea of what America should be, including yourself
I know how my life should be, and I know what America should NOT be. It should not be controling what or how my life, or the life of others, should be carried out.

Which brings to mind questions. Do not private property owners of border ranches and farms have a right to use force against illegal aliens trespassing and some cases destroying their property?
If someone tresspasses, warn them once, shoot them twice. The tresspassing is a direct result of too much bureaucracy. We need to make it easy for people to come here.

Is it not the proper role of government to protect the rights of these CITIZNS?
Yes it is. However, maybe they should be protecting the rights of the people who are having their homes stolen in New London, CT. To me this is apples and oranges. The government should protect our rights from governments (foriegn and domestic). If these immigrants are tresspassing, I see no need for the land owners to have the government sitting at their fences with guns. If they want to live there, they should provide for their own security. I don't have the privilege of posting some cops or militia on my property because someone may be coming through there trashing the place. If it is a persistant problem, and I know that it is in many places, hire some people to get out there and shoot these people who are damaging property. If these same people organize, then send the military or police to defend their rights. These people are littering and tresspassing, and killing cows. That is nothing as to what is going on with eminant domain abuse around the country. Why aren't the minutemen protecting those property lines?

The Preamble of the US Constitution begins with the phrase, "We The People", It's certainly reasonable to assume Our Forefathers were speaking of citizens of the United States exclusively.
Does this mean that no one outside the origianl 13 colonies are included as "We the People"? Of course not, the phrase was to mean anyone in the world has these rights enshrined in the first 10 amendments. Our government was to only protect those first 10 inalienable rights within the walls of this country. In a sense they were telling the world that we are implementing a government that will actually protect these God given (not government given) rights. However, the government protects none of these rights today.

The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France for the US again being drawn into the European affairs. Although I find these words hypocritical coming from the French, I do agree with them. But inscribed on the invisible lines on a map making up our border are the unspoken intent of, "Please use the front door".
Please use the front door, and file these 50 different forms, and find a sponsor, but your family can't come with you, and you have to wait five years...

ending the welfare state would basically push illegal's out of this job market as soon as former welfare recipients had to go to work.
This isn't true. The market will meet these jobs demand as immigrants come here. There will always be more jobs than people, because the market scales upward.

However ending that state before easing any restriction on the border or granting pardons would be prudent, whereby preventing 12 million more illegal aliens to qualify for welfare.
Not all immigrants are on welfare. Maybe in CA there are lots of immigrants on welfare, but that is because of the way CA works. I've never met an immigrant on welfare (other than from Puerto Rico, which is a US protectorate). I have known many, many immigratns. In fact my wife's father is an immigrant from Mexico, and so is his parents. I will agree that 1st and 2nd generations do begin to exploit the welfare system. That just means we need to end the welfare system.

Fundamentally I agree that Our Governments international meddling has made America less secure. However I don't think these people just want an apology. Would you?
It's probably illegal to say what I want to say. But I think an apology would be a good start. Especially when we put the politicians in prison. It's not you and I that they are pissed at. It's the 535 plus adult children in Washington.

Although you dismiss America's Southern Border as an entry point for terrorists by pointing to the fact that 9-11 was caused by legal let in's, I don't.
The terrorists are hear, and they are running our country. We need to focus on eliminating the power of the legislative, and executive branches within our borders. Then we can talk about terrorists in other countries. This is all the more reason to change our interventionist foreign policy now. There is always going to be an easy point of entry somewhere in the country.

Have any entered yet? Time will tell.
The 19 hijackers weren't the only terrorists in this country. Common sense tells me so.

Would you be willing to allow anyone from nations known to be sympathetic to terrorist to enter the US under the present environment without knowing who they are?
Nations can't be sympathetic to terrorists, only the individuals ruling and living in those nations. There are people sympathetic to terrorists in every country.

I think it would take a cooling off period of about 50 years of the US Government not intervening in international affairs prior to relaxing any restrictions.
Let's start making them our friends instead of enemies. Time and time again the message is, leave us alone and this will stop. Why hasn't it stopped? Because we won't leave them alone.

And yes our government has done a terrible job with immigration. Not sure why? Maybe this has something to with illegal aliens who do have taxes withheld from their pay checks but for the obvious don't file a return seeking a refund. That would be free money for the government. Therefore it is not the fact that government can't, it's a fact that Our's won't.
Here is how our government, in it's infinate wisdom is trying to quite down the xenophobes: Militarizing the border, business sweeps, harrassing churches, and implanting chips under the skin of immigrants. How can any person with common sense let this go on? We are one step closer to the authoritarian police state, and people just don't care as long as they don't have to see so many brown people. Next step is implanting chips into felons, than into children. All in the name of immigration reform.

But that's another good reason to abolish income tax.
Taxation is slavery.

 

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