Immigration Protests – WHY?
Okay, here’s my argument. Of the thousands of people who crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, in protest, a good many were carrying signs that said “I AM NOT A CRIMINAL.” Well, folks, you may very well be correct. If you came into this country, legally… If you have a legal visa… If you pay any appropriate taxes… If you’re not harboring an illegal immigrant… Then no, you are not a criminal.
However, let’s take a look at the people who come into this country illegally. The ones that would be defined as “criminals…”
- They enter the country illegally (without Visa, permission, etc…), often crossing the border at places where such action is prohibited.
- That’s considered breaking the law.
- By breaking the law, one commits a crime.
- By committing a crime, one is therefore, a criminal.
Let’s review. If you enter the country illegal, YOU ARE A CRIMINAL.
What about the people already here, legally? No, they’re not criminals. I understand that there are some issues with HR 4437 that may make people uncomfortable. Let’s look at this from the standpoint of someone who was born and raised in America – namely, me.
Say I want to get a job. Because of the number of immigrants to this country, a lot of blue collar jobs (customer service operator, some tech support positions, yard care crews, and a good many construction jobs) are unavailible to me, because I speak no foreign language.
Due to the large numbers of illegal immigrants, I find it difficult to obtain many jobs at a livable wage because those positions have been filled, often by illegal immigrants who accept a smaller pay rate. Since they don’t pay taxes, the money may very well be enough for them to live on. Me? I can’t get those jobs unless I take them at such a low pay rate, that I couldn’t survive (after taxes).
There’s a big question, here. Who’s to blame? The immigrants, or the companies? My answer? Both. The companies are to blame, because they hire illegal immigrants to the exclusion of the American work force. The illegal immigrants are to blame because they are here, in the first place.
Let me ask you another question… I don’t know the answer to this, so perhaps someone could answer it for me. I’m willing to place a small wager on what I think the answer is.
Let’s say I go to Mexico. I cross the border in the middle of the night, running into Mexico, where I meet up with a small group of people who bring me into the closest major city. From there, I make my way into Mexico. I then, speaking either no, or extremely limited (where is the bathroom, is your daughter eighteen, etc…) Spanish, go out and attempt to get a job.
- Will I be hired? (Probably not, I don’t speak Spanish. If I am hired, I’ll likely be working with people who do speak English, or on all-English speaking work crews)
- Will I be payed the same as a Mexican national? (Probably not)
- What happens if the Mexican authorities find out I’m living and working in the country, without their knowledge? (I’ll likely either be arrested and sentenced to jail time, or arrested and deported.)
So, can someone tell me what WOULD happen? How close am I? I’m willing to bet I’m pretty close.
Gosh, look at that, that’s pretty much the same as it is in the United States…
Listen… I don’t mean to be trite, rude, or mean, but immigration – especially illegal immigration – is a big problem in America, today. It’s impacting the ability for American citizens to make a reasonable living. It’s also impacting where our tax dollars go.
I understand that conditions may not be the best in Mexico (and other countries), but that is no excuse for becoming a criminal and illegal entering this country. The United States is not a free-for-all, come one – come all place. Perhaps we used to be, but we’re not anymore. Why? Because we’ve grown, folks. We’re now having to take care of our own. That gets pretty damned difficult when we have to take care of everyone else’s, too.
Back to the original topic.. If you’re protesting HR 4437, then please explain to me your reasons. I can tell you right now, if it’s because you think that illegal immigrants aren’t criminals, I can tell you right now, you’re not going to change my mind on that. If it’s for any other reason, then please feel free to educate me.
I appreciate you sticking with me on this, Houston… I know this post is fairly poor quality, and tends to jump around a bit… I’m upset, and I’m probably not thinking my straightest… But I had to get some thoughts out. Perhaps in the coming weeks, I’ll attempt to make some better sense out of my thoughts.