Illegal Immigration and Illegal Hiring
Illegal immigration is a crime. It should be a crime that is punished and rectified, preferably with deportation. It should be difficult to get in this nation illegal, for security reasons. It should be easy to get in legally for legitimate purposes, for ethical reasons.
America is a nation of immigrants. Immigration has been a strength of America since we became a nation, and should continue to be a strength.
I take this to heart:
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "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!"
I'm not one who recommends we do away with immigration, or reduce it to a trickle, but please, please come here legally!
Illegal immigration isn't good for us. And it's not good for those who choose to attempt it.
Look here. It's a harrowing story of death, dismemberment and abuse and yet to try this is considered heroic!
A lone child embarks on a terrible journey through a landscape of monsters and villains. His goal is noble, almost chivalric -- he travels through hardship and dangers to find his mother, lost in the far mysteries of the north. To add another layer to the story, it contains a vehicle right out of a fairy tale: a Fury-haunted freight train known as El Tren de la Muerte -- the Train of Death.
This isn't heroic; it's foolhardy. A mother who leaves her children to seek out a better life for herself, and in turn, eventually, for them isn't to be commended, she's to be scorned! You do not abandon your children for financial gain! I don't care how poor you are, that's not a commendable occupation! Then to have your child follow you traversing all these dangers and breaking countless laws all alone? This is somehow commendable, somehow something to be encouraged?
Then, the article continues, explaining that it's all about the money. As if, that's somehow reason enough to justify these barbaric practices.
Why does the problem continue? Follow the money. Everybody wins -- except the abandoned children. Who can blame them for trying to save themselves the only way they've been shown?
I'm sorry, but no. Everybody does not win. American citizens don't win. Legal immigrants don't win. Illegal immigrants don't win. Childless mothers don't win. Motherless children don't win. The only ones who win from these life-and-death gambles are the businesses who illegally hire undocumented workers on the cheap. Sure, it's about money, but it's not a win-win situation.
If these women and their children want to come to this country, then fine. I have NO problem with that whatsoever. Just do it legally. Come here as a family. Prosper. Grow. Learn English. Live amongst us and help us grow. We'll nurture you. You'll nurture us. We'll all prosper. However, you've got to do so legally, or else all bets are off and as far as I'm concerned you're a criminal and deserve deportation. It is not our responsibility to distinguish between those who just want a better life, and these guys:
In the madness of the harsher border, drug lords and gangsters rule the day. Any border patrol agent will tell you that criminal elements are on the rise -- as are violence and the terrible toll of deaths due to heat, cold, misadventure and homicide.
You choose the life of a criminal, then you become a criminal and no amount of protesting should change that. The laws in America need to be changed. But, amnesty for those "heroes" who've chosen to break our laws isn't the way to go. Make coming here legally easier. Then prosecute anyone who comes here illegally very quickly and get them out of our country. Prosecute those businesses who choose to hire illegal immigrants and close them down. Secure our borders. Secure our nation. And give every legal resident a fair chance to prosper.
Thank you, David Schantz, for asking a provocative question.