I’m going to respond as I read this lovely little piece…
ITALIANS blame gypsies from Romania for a spate of crime. British politicians of all stripes promise to curb the rapid immigration of recent years. Voters in France, Switzerland and Denmark last year rewarded politicians who promised to keep out strangers. In America, too, huddled masses are less welcome as many presidential candidates promise to fence off Mexico. And around the rich world, immigration has been rising to the top of voters’ lists of concerns—which, for those who believe that migration greatly benefits both recipient and donor countries, is a worry in itself.
I don’t know about Italy, Britain, France, Switzerland, or Denmark…any of their immigration laws. I do know about our immigration laws and this opening paragraph does NOT leave me with the impression that this is a serious discussion. The Huddled Masses enter this country every day. They enter legally. We want to “Fence of Mexico” to prevent ILLEGAL immigration. Let me say that again for folks who seem to have a filter against that phrase…how many languages you know?
That’s 11 different languages from around the world…SURELY you understand one of them. So now…on with the piece…
The next three paragraphs are spot on and I agree with them 100%. People like Sherri Noxel, Allyson Handley, Deepa Dubal, Stuart Johnston, Tim’s Dad, Conrad, Elle…all these people have contributed to the greatness of America. They came here legally and did everything the right way. I’ll take all of them that I can.
The next paragraph things get alittle sketchy:
Face the fears
Given all these gains, why the backlash? Partly because politicians prefer to pander to xenophobic fears than to explain immigration’s benefits. But not all fear of foreigners is irrational. Voters have genuine concerns. Large numbers of incomers may be unsettling; economic gloom makes natives fear for their jobs; sharp disparities of income across borders threaten rich countries with floods of foreigners; outsiders who look and sound notably different from their hosts may find it hard to integrate. To keep borders open, such fears have to be acknowledged and dealt with, not swept under the carpet.
Xenophobic? Hardly. And I love the veiled racist reference in there. I don’t care if they are outsiders who look and sound REMARKABLY SIMILAR to us! If it’s CANADIANS illegally entering the country…I don’t want them and actually think they should be jailed. If they are coming here to work, fine. Put them on a chain gang for 5 years and work their little fuzzy butts off without a single dime going to them.
If it wasn’t for a friend’s admonishment to “READ THE ARTICLE” I would stop here because it is clear this is more about advocating the open borders notion than anything remotely related to a strong country. So…back to the rubbish…
Immigration can, for instance, hurt the least skilled by depressing their wages. But these workers are at greater risk from new technology and foreign goods. The answer is not to impoverish the whole economy by keeping out immigrants but to equip this group with the skills it anyway needs.
Right. So, we take the Huckabee plan then? Open the borders, let EVERYONE in and, hell, let’s just give them in-state tuition. NO WAIT! Let’s send them all to MIT on a free ride! Oh wait…that would be regionalist wouldn’t it? Let’s just let them pick their school and give them a free ride all the way. Sounds like a plan.
Americans object to the presence of around 12m illegal migrant workers in a country with high rates of legal migration. But given the American economy’s reliance on them, it is not just futile but also foolish to build taller fences to keep them out. Better for Congress to resume its efforts to bring such workers out of the shadows, by opening more routes for legal, perhaps temporary, migration, and an amnesty for long-standing, law-abiding workers already in the country. Politicians in rich countries should also be honest about, and quicker to raise spending to deal with, the strains that immigrants place on public services.
I’m with them right up until they mention amnesty for long-standing, law-abiding(even tho they subvert our immigration laws) workers already in the country. Then they really go for the “Eating one’s own leg” contest championship with the “quicker to raise spending to deal with…” drivel. If that’s the plan then fine. Every bank robber gets their own getaway car and driver. I mean if they are going to do it anyway right? That’s the approach some advocate for teen sex right? SURE! Why not! You wanna rob banks? Well, we can’t have you getting hurt and since you are going to do it anyway; here’s the keys to the bank, the floor plan, and your choice of getaway cars and drivers. No worries, Mate! We’ll let the citizens of America pay for it as you steal their money. Have right at it brother!
It is not all about money, however. As the London Tube bombers and Paris’s burning banlieues have shown, the social integration of new arrivals is also crucial. The advent of Islamist terrorism has sharpened old fears that incoming foreigners may fail to adopt the basic values of the host country. Tackling this threat will never be simple. But nor would blocking migration do much to stop the dedicated terrorist. Better to seek ways to isolate the extremist fringe, by making a greater effort to inculcate common values of citizenship where these are lacking, and through a flexible labour market to provide the disaffected with rewarding jobs.
It’s not all about money? hehehe…we know what that means right? Alright alright, they want to move on to our melting pot idea. Alright, let’s have a look. How do we “inculcate common values of citizenship” if the person seeking said citizenship refuses the very first step which is, obviously, SEEKING IT!?!? You sneak in here and make no effort to visit an immigration office means you have no interest whatever in being a citizen. Oh! You don’t know where that office is? Somehow I think the local Church of your particular flavor can help out. You’re an Atheist? Well, Vox Day has a book for you but before you read that you might try with ASKING SOMEONE!?!?!? ANYONE!?!?!?!
I love the “flexible labour market” and “providing the disaffected with rewarding jobs” bit. I wonder what they mean exactly. Well…no I don’t wonder at all really. Everyone should make the same amount of money so there is no disparity…that’s how it should be. Yeah. Gotcha.
Above all, perspective is needed. The vast population movements of the past four decades have not brought the social strife the scaremongers predicted. On the contrary, they have offered a better life for millions of migrants and enriched the receiving countries both culturally and materially. But to preserve these great benefits in the future, politicians need the courage not only to speak up against the populist tide in favour of the gains immigration can bring, but also to deal honestly with the problems it can sometimes cause.
Glad we are almost done with this drivel. Perspective eh? What about the owners of the property destroyed by the “disaffected” Paris’s burning banlieues? I wonder what their perspective is. Or how about the family destroyed by the illegal driving while intoxicated(many many sources for this), let’s ask them about their perspective. Now, you want my perspective on Immigration? The list I provided above, we all know those people and have worked with them, defines my perspective on immigration. I flat out LOVE IT. My father’s family came here in the early 1700s and my mother’s family came here in the mid 1600s. At the time there was no immigration law and the culture they left was remarkably similar to the culture they found in Virginia. Immigration made this country what it is. Illegal immigration is destroying countries. The first paragraph in this pile of dog doo listed some of them.
Politicians must be leaders and do what they think is best for the people who put them in office. I believe the best thing of the US is to tighten the borders both north and south. Let everyone know through PSAs that illegally entering this country will mean imprisonment for a period of years(my bottom line is 5 but I would go higher than 10 but maybe…) at hard labor. You come here to work…let’s put your sorry arse to work.
Now, again, because some folks and obviously this rag don’t seem to grasp the concept let me repeat it. I am all for immigration. It’s this that I’m against…