Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses

I don’t understand why there must be a debate about immigration. Why should it not be easier for willing laborers who do not have criminal backgrounds or who do not harbor animosity towards the United States to enter the country, and eventually attain citizenship? Punitive proposed immigration laws must be motivated by racism. I am sympathetic to Mexican immigrants. The migrants from our southern neighbor generally come here to work, not to live off the system or to fly airplanes into buildings.

Some people – those with economics degrees – say that the costs of illegal immigration do not have a significant positive or negative economic impact. Although immigrants pay taxes, their incomes are not substantial and they do not consume much, thus limiting the tax revenue they generate. They do use some services at taxpayer expense, but I have read that they are not as inclined to seek medical attention as are legal residents, thus not taking advantage of our healthcare system to the extent that is alleged.

Making it a felony to enter this country illegally is asinine. The courts are backlogged with criminal cases as it is. (In addition, our office already has an unmanageable number of clients.) Clogging the courts’ dockets with people accused of attempting to immigrate illegally is an incredibly bad idea. The people who cross the borders for a better life are not deterred by the current penalties, and it is unlikely that more severe criminal charges would affect their perseverance.

Immigrants should be allowed entry into the country. If they hold jobs, pay a series of fines, become current on taxes, undergo background checks, learn English, work for ten or so years, and apply for a permanent visa or citizenship, why not grant them citizenship?

5 Comments:

  • hello I liked the idea of Japanese taxis...some postings earlier. I am going to make you my link weblog... regards Roya

    By Blogger roya parsay, at 7:51 PM, April 06, 2006  

  • I completely agree with your point of view. Instead of having a lot of illegal people around, it's better if the US government grants them a legal status. The government (and imho the country) doesnt stand to lose anything.

    By Blogger Sphinx, at 10:54 PM, April 06, 2006  

  • Republicans know that brown people don't vote. Especially if they are illegal.

    By Blogger Thomas, at 10:22 PM, April 07, 2006  

  • Thomas managed to sum up the issue.

    In addition to agreeing with you, I think the Mexican (Guatamelan, El Salvadoran) governments need some assistance with how to build their respective economies. If there were incentives to stay (a steady, decent, income), hard working people wouldn't be fleeing their homeland.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 8:18 AM, April 08, 2006  

  • Word.

    By Blogger red.hot.mamma!, at 12:57 PM, April 13, 2006  

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