ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

We Can No Longer Live Up To The Ideals Of Emma Lazarus...

Updated on January 30, 2011

We Can No longer Live Up To The Ideals Of Emma Lazarus….

Last week, a Los Angeles official bemoaned the fact that the City of Angels spent over $1billion the previous year providing services for illegal aliens. This was not some Right Wing pundit making us privy to this information – perhaps, it is why you probably have not heard or saw this news elsewhere because of the objectivity of the official, and moreover, that said largess gives credence to those of us who want to control the border. There are those who immediately mark you with the scarlet letter of intolerance and hatred simply for saying that America’s border issues must be addressed. And notwithstanding my being here legally, I have in the past been reluctant to opine on the immigration issue as much as I would have like because I too would have done virtually anything, like many of my south of the border brethren, to be here. But when I address the illegal immigration issue, it is not out of hatred, but out of the fact that we do not have the financial means of supporting an open border, notwithstanding Emma Lazarus’ famous poem emblazoned on our cherished Statue of Liberty.

Those of us who have studied American history must objectively recognize that is it a land of Immigrants and many of us are familiar with the poem on our Statue of Liberty, which basically succinctly and poetically pay homage to the indelible relationship between immigrants and America. Emma Lazarus waxed… among other couplets… “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….” Ironically, the title of Lazarus’ poem was “The New Colossus” because it was an era when the country could obviously afford immigrants to supply the needed labor for the Industrial Revolution. This is a new fiscally responsible era, and as a consequence, we can no longer afford these allocations. The monies allocated to support illegal immigrants are one of the salient reasons why California is such an economic basket case… she is simply the sickest man among the states. It is the gargantuan elephant in the room and no one wants to address this issue for fearing being deemed a racist – perhaps, we could enact the same immigration laws Mexico have enacted to prevent its neighbors from coming into her shores; her immigration laws are draconian compare to America’s.

Any State that attempts to address this immigration issue and enacts legislation like what was enacted in Arizona has partially done so because it is in arrears for providing necessities for illegal aliens. Such states then have the right to pass on the bills to the Federal government because these arrears are tantamount to “Unfunded Mandates” placed upon the states by the feds who refused to have effective border policies… preventing the flow of illegal aliens. New Jersey, Texas, New York… are all states that will be facing these Unfunded Mandates and the bills coming due will be larger than the one borne last year by the City of Los Angeles. I have always thought that God himself had to seal Noah’s Ark because the master builder, after hearing the cries, would have been moved by compassion to let others in when the deluge came. We no longer have the means of replenishing the trough… no matter if we have the noble humane sentiments of Emma Lazarus… maybe the new economic colossus, China, can take up the mantle.

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Ghost32 

      7 years ago

      Well put. Living in Arizona near the Mexican border as we do, my wife and I truly appreciate pages like this one--literate, succinct, and accurate.

      The analogy to Noah's Ark is perfect.

      Voted up, useful, & awesome.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)