Aliens in America
It's no fun being an illegal alien
Okay, I know I'm no expert on social issues, but these are my opinions, so feel free to refute them.
America has had a long history of encouraging immigration, at least through legal means. Does anybody remember what is engraved at the feet of the Statue of Liberty?
The truth is, practically everyone in America is either an immigrant or a direct descendant of an immigrant, the only exception being descendants of Native Americans. And of course, there was discrimination back then too. If you weren't from Western Europe, you were usually treated like dirt by most folks in the 1800's.
Is today so different? So, immigrants are crowding our cities. Our cities have always been crowded. And they're not stealing our jobs, unless it's your dream to pick fruit or clean public bathrooms for a living. They're just people trying to get by in this world, just like us.
America's in a serious economic depression right now. If you heard that the economy in Canada was booming, mortgage rates were way down, and there were tons of good jobs to go around, would you want to migrate to Canada? If you're like most of the people who lost their jobs in the past couple years, I'll bet that vision of Canada sounds pretty good. Aside from the cold, anyway.
So, what do I think should be done? Well, for one thing, let's consider why so many people are trying to immigrate to America. Could it be because Mexico is a lousy place to raise a family right now? If they could get by in Mexico, do you think they'd be in such a rush to come here? Instead of just throwing people back over the border and leaving them to come running back, maybe we should take an interest in Mexico's well-being. If the economy started booming in Mexico, and more jobs were created down there, maybe the tide of people rushing to leave wouldn't be so great.
Then there's the whole issue of coming in illegally. There are legal avenues through which you can become an American citizen. So, why aren't more people using them? Could it be because they don't know any better? The economy in Mexico sucks, and it's government is more broken than ours. Is it a stretch to assume their education system is bad too? Maybe instead of building a giant wall, we should build a few more doors. If there is an obvious legal way into the country, why wouldn't people take it?
Here's another thing I think should be added to immigration reform: encourage new arrivals to move to states with less population. You know, those states in the middle of the country where you can drive for miles and miles through the desert without seeing so much as a gas station. Let's fill in the gaps in the country instead of complaining about overpopulation. We need to build more towns and cities out there. God knows we have plenty of people ready to fill them and work in them. And building those new cities will create more jobs, too.
What do you think the US should do about illegal immigrants?
The bottom line is, these immigrants are not dangerous people. They're not degrading our country, clogging up our emergency rooms or leeching off our welfare programs. The vast majority are just people trying to get by somehow, and they know America is one of the best places to do that. They're just out looking for that American Dream they've heard so much about. Is that so wrong? I certainly don't think so. Instead of finding ways to keep them out, maybe we should work on improving their situation.