Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Some thoughts on the latest immigration debates - a rant

I'm warning you this is my opinion, and a very strong one at that. So if you are easily offended, DON'T read this entry. Some people are probably going to be angry over my opinions, but this is MY blog so I'll post exactly what I want.

You've been forewarned.

I've always considered myself to have strong liberal views about most issues, but there are some things I am pretty conservative about. Immigration law is one of them.

Let's just say, I was forced to be late to work today because of protestors about the newly presented immigration laws and that just ticked me off to no end that I was stuck on the road for half an hour while all these protesting students blocked intersections walking down the street, and the police escorted them. I DO believe people have the right to stage protests about issues they feel strongly about, but have some consideration for others please!

Today is Day 2 of numerous walkouts at assorted Dallas area schools and businesses. I'll admit I never watch the news or read the paper because all the news is so depressing and I don't care to hear it for that reason. But I do remember hearing about the new laws being debated right now. This morning on my way to work though, I had no idea what was going on. I just knew I couldn't get to work because of over 200 students, I'm assuming most if not all Mexicans because of the flags they were all waving madly. My first thought? That today was a Mexican holiday they were all celebrating. So I came in to work asking what today was and that's when I realized what was going on.

The new laws, very briefly summarized, and not necessarily 100% accurate since as I already said, I don't watch the news or read the paper... There are suggestions to crack down on illegal aliens and make it a felony to be in our country illegally.

I say... DO IT!! Send them home! If they are here illegally, get them out of here! The more we let it happen, the more people will do it and they stronger impacts it will have on our country and the harder it will make for LEGAL immigrants and residents to get jobs, money, health care, or an education.

Why is it that so many people from other countries go on and on about how wonderful our country is and how they want so badly to live here but then they won't take steps to make their entry in to our country legal? So we're good enough to mooch off of, take advantage of, get free handouts from, but the US of A isn't good enough for them to become citizens or learn our language?!?

All of these illegal immigrants are taking tons and tons of jobs, getting free educations on OUR dime, free medical care, also on our dime, and collecting welfare, on our dime. I'm not against anyone getting a good education or good health care and I'm not against my taxes paying for that. What I AM against is all these illegal aliens taking advantage of us and our generosity so they can sneak more people in and take even more money and jobs from deserving CITIZENS! And then they don't even bother to learn our language so when we go shop in a store or frequent a business where these illegal aliens are working we can't understand a word they are saying because WE speak English!

If WE were to move to another country, we'd be doing it LEGALLY and we would make a concerted effort to ingratiate ourselves in to their society and we'd learn their language! Why is it we are respectful enough to do that but many illegal aliens entering our country are not? And then they have the nerve to be furious with us for wanting to enforce the laws they have admittedly broken without one shred of guilt over doing so?

Then those of us who are legal citizens who respect our country and our laws, and work hard for everything we have and do NOT demand free handouts as a matter of course have to suffer. We are forced to put up with it all AND pay our hard earned money to support all these people in our country illegally when we fought our damnedest for everything we have and value it all the more because we WORKED for it. It was handed to us on a silver platter. We don't ask for it to be given to us, we earn it.

So I am here to say I am fully supporting stronger immigration laws and proud of that fact! If all of these people think the USA is so wonderful to live in that they will break laws to get here, then they should take the final steps to become a legal resident like the rest of us. Or at least take the time to follow immigration laws and enter the states legally. And learn English! If they aren't willing to be here legally, then kick them back to the border!


At 9:22 AM, Blogger Terri said...

I agree totally! The only thing I would add is that since so many do want to come here maybe make new laws making it easier to come here legally via work programs etc... But have proper channels to follow. Those who don't follow them, too bad -- out - you broke the law, you pay

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Soniak said...

Kelley, as you know, I am an immigrant, having moved here with my parents when I was just 10 years old. That said, I totally agree with you. Nothing bothers me more than immigrants, legal or illegal, who refuse to acclimate themselves to the culture. Learn the language, learn the customs, learn THE LAWS and abide by them. I'm not in the least saying that you should give up your other customs and your other languages, I have not, and do not intend to. I think everyone should know more than one language, because it's a great thing to be able to communicate and the more languages you know, the more you can do that. But if you're going to live here, speak the language. And as far as illegals, I may have sympathy in some cases, but I still don't see how it entitles them to protest. You're NOT here legally, so therefore, you don't have legal rights...well, in theory anyway.

I could go on and on about this, because this cuts deep into me as a member of a family that worked their arses off to provide a better life for their children...but I'll stop here. ;-)

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Shelleen said...

I agree 100% with you. They take jobs away from us and the ones that came here legally. get them out of here and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.


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