When I was a kid, I remember waiting in line for the drinking fountain. It was the right thing to do, however, every so often a bully or self-centered kid tried to cut in line, caring nothing about others. The song linked to below takes a serious problem, Illegal Immigration, and makes some good points. I’ve added a few points myself.
#1 When it comes to America’s immigration policy, cutting in line has been accepted for years.
#2 Why do we ignore immigration laws more than any other type of law when it has so many important ramifications?
Could it be that greedy Americans are very used to taking advantage of paying low wages to those who are willing to work for them?
#3 The worst countries kill those who don’t work. Why does a free country expect so little in many cases?
#4 America’s illegal immigrants sometimes get “benefits” that citizens don’t. I know this because I’ve received numerous emails from those enraged by the sad state of affairs.
#5 The government turns a blind eye to illegal immigration because of the many jobs “they” will do that “we” won’t. Where’s the morality in that? We could decrease our unemployment numbers if those jobs went to citizens. The truth is, many Americans are too lazy to do the same work. How anyone can make the illegal immigrant working in the fields more of a culprit than the American leaders allowing them to do so is beyond me.
#6 What happened to the Constitution?
#7 Food stamp policies need to be refigured. The stamps are sometimes given to illegals. I’ve taken someone (not an illegal) who gets food stamps shopping. I know it was just one case, and I’m not complaining about my diet. In fact, I’m continually reminded of how blessed I am and have been. It is also a fact that I have never eaten as well as that person on food stamps is eating. I even asked if I could come over and eat at her place when I saw the number of steaks in the shopping cart.
#8 Our immigration policies are contributing to the collapse of America’s integrity.
#9-#10 The dedication of the song is worth two good points. It is dedicated to hard-working Americans who were born in other countries and chose to come to America the right way. Why are hard-working Mexican citizens working on our soil? It seems like we need to start making decisions on a case-by-case basis. Immigration laws should be followed. Until that happens, there will be no solution to this problem.
“Come To the USA” by Ray Stevens, Submitted by Bob Driggers
Thankfully, California is not lost. No one has said it better than Mr. McClintock. His response to the President of Mexico’s visit to Washington (submitted by Barbara Anable):
I received a few interesting emails about immigration while putting together this post. Here’s one from Barbara Anable:
A Letter from Mrs. Susan Hildebrand, owner of the Shiner Ranch, to Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, in response to his protest of the Arizona immigration law:
Dear Mayor Castro,
I am writing on behalf of my family and many other ranching families who live in South Texas. I listened to your opinion about the actions of the Governor of Arizona, and I respectfully disagree. We have had to deal with illegal immigrants crossing onto our land for many years, and before the drug cartels and terrorists entered the picture, it was always our policy to help these people by giving them something to eat and drink. It is something we wanted to do to help them, but now things have changed and we feel that our lives are in danger from the recklessness shown by those crossing the borders.
In the past nine months, “coyotes” have driven through our fences SIX times while attempting to escape law enforcement. Just this past week, they have crashed three stolen vehicles on the ranch and have abandoned the people who were being transported, including a 14 year old girl who was injured. (The driver had to be air lifted to San Antonio, at a cost to us tax payers.) The vehicle had been stolen from Travis county and it had to be towed. Another tax payer expense, to say nothing of what it has cost us to repair fences and pay for vet bills to pay for an injured horse. (See below.) Last summer around eleven o’clock at night, another stolen vehicle broke through our fence and managed to drive through three other fences in an attempt to escape the Border Patrol. While our men were repairing the fence so that the livestock wouldn’t get out onto the highway, the Border Patrol, Sheriffs from two towns (Pearsall & Dilley), mounted law enforcement officers (with their tracking dogs) from the Dilley Prison, a helicopter, and a wrecker were here searching for the coyote and his passengers. During the hunt, one of the prison dogs was bitten by a rattler and she died later that night, despite medical treatment. One of our working ranch horses was so frightened that he ran into a tree and cracked his skull. Meanwhile, most of the bad guys managed to elude capture. When the coyote was finally apprehended, he was found to have around $39,000 in his pockets…all taken from the people he had abandoned.
It is easy to live in a city away from the problems we are experiencing here near the border, but we would welcome you and your family to join us and see what is happening firsthand. It would be an eye-opener and it might change your mind when you criticize what the people of Arizona are doing in trying to protect their citizens. Racial profiling has nothing to do with following the laws that are supposed to be in effect concerning Illegal immigration. Personally, whenever I write a check, go for a doctor’s appointment, or break a traffic law, I am always asked for my identification. I believe it’s the same for you, too. The Border Patrol is so understaffed, and even if they do apprehend someone they have no power to hold them at gun point. Their lives are put in danger every day while our government officials sit back and offer only criticism of the job they are trying to do.
This land where we live has been in my husband’s family since 1881, and never before have we had any fear about leaving our doors unlocked, walking down a sendero, or driving through a pasture. Now we’ve had to instruct our men not to confront any strangers they come upon because we are unarmed, and they may not be. My husband and I want to leave a legacy of love for this part of God’s country to our children and grandchildren, not one of fear.
Please reconsider your stance about enforcing stricter immigration laws, and stand behind the brave men and women who protect our families, as well as your own. I appreciate the chance to give you some idea of what we are dealing with, and it is my prayer that you will support defending our borders before it is too late.