We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I try to bring a soft heart but a hard-headed approach to things in general, but I am afraid the illegal immigration issue is beginning to harden my heart. Here is why:
1. It is not right for foreigners, in our country illegally, to demand things. They are in no position to demand anything. Every one of them is deportable at any time.
2. I am suspicious of the Left's apparent support of open borders. No nation has open borders. Is it a nihilistic impulse, or pandering, or both?
3. I object to the application of the concept of "rights" to illegal foreign nationals. This is not a civil rights issue, because we are not dealing with citizens. There are legal pathways to American citizenship, open to all, and more readily available than in any other nation. "Get in line," as they say.
4. If the illegals have so much to protest about, then why are they here? Why no protests about conditions in Mexico?
5. If we will have a de-facto open borders policy with Mexico, then why not with China, India, Russia, Poland, Iraq, etc.? Sneak in, and start making demands. These protests are what I consider "working the system."
6. I resent the Administration for bringing this issue up at all, now. Stupid. Enforce our borders, and let the people think about the issue for a while. We are too far from a consensus.
7. Just out of curiousity, are our Meican and Guatemalan and Phillipino illegals paying their taxes to their home nations, as they are required to do?
Nice posting and you are correct in many of your statements. To see the issue in a broader perspective, i.e. where it may be taking our nation, please see http://linknzona.blogspot.com. What is the future of America divided into two groups: 1) illegal aliens and their national supporters in both parties who feel free to break laws that are inconvenient and 2) the majority of Americans who believe the rule of law is essential to justice and to representative democracy in America?
So far, our national leadership has by and large dismissed the wishes of the majority.
The administration didn't bring this issue up now, it's been percolating for quite awhile growing out of increasing concern over our porous borders. Now we've got a bunch of pandering politicians in an election year trying to address it.
We'll eventually wind up with some kind of amnesty program which will do nothing to stop more illegal immigration.
No one seems to forsee all the children these people are going to have in the coming years, which all will go through school systems paid for by local property taxes. With the aging population higher taxes are going to put a lot of senior citizens on fixed incomes in a bind.