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Immigration and Education: Left of Center View

Look, I know Iím supposed to be the resident hippy liberal around here, but when it comes to the subject of immigration and public education, I get all Republicany - leave the children behind. Not to be brash or unfeeling, but shouldnít we take care of our own children before we worry about somebody elseís?

Now I realize this can quickly deteriorate into a whatís wrong with the public school systems rant, so focus must be maintained. As should clarity, private schools are not included in this. The government should provide adequate education and education opportunities to all citizens. But the fact of life is that some folks have more than others, some people have a better quality of life. If these people want to pay extra, your child has equal access to public education, so you are not excused from the burden of helping to pay for it. However if after paying for their share of public education, if they still want to send their children to private school, more power to them.

Every child should be loved, fed, educated and provided with adequate medical and dental care. The problem of course is paying for all of this. While our hearts and prayers should go out to children in other famine stricken countries, let us no longer ignore the deteriorating conditions that exist within our own country. There is plenty of extreme poverty right here at home that requires our attention. While it sounds heartless to say, we should focus on our own children, before we take on the burdens of those overseas.

Citizenship should have its privileges. It benefits a society to have well feed, healthy, educated citizens. But just as governments have a responsibility to the citizens they represent, so too do the citizens have to the nation. It is a symbiotic relationship. This is not to say that immigrants, i.e. non-citizens, do not deserve a place in our society, nor should their children not attend the same schools, I just donít think itís fair to ask the American tax-payer to pay for it.


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Immigration and Education: Right of Center View

Letís get something straight from the start. Iím not a bigot, anti-immigrant or against people getting a fair shot at the American dream no matter where they were born. I come from a widely ethnically diverse family and love the kaleidoscope of cultures that is America. That being said, I donít think that my kid should have to share limited public school resources with the kids of people who donít pay their fair share to support the schools.

America is not a charity. Everyone is supposed to carry their part of the greater economic burden. We welcome legal immigrants to this country but have conditions on them being here including adequate employment and taxes being paid by them on their earnings. Those taxes pay for the schools their children, born as citizens if born here, go to every day and deservedly so. I welcome their cultural enhancement of the educational experience for my kid and hope that they are somehow enriched by going to school with my kid and the cultural ideals that comes with him. Their parents are paying their dues and like me deserve to get something for all the taxes we pay.

On the other side of the coin are the undocumented workers who work under the table and donít pay taxes. Them, I have a problem with. On this issue, Iím more inclined to accept the undocumented worker who at least has a stolen Social Security number and is getting paid with taxes coming out every week. At least they are paying into the system. I would prefer that they got here legal like but if not at least they arenít making it harder for my kid to have heat in the classroom and a pencil to write with at the same time.

Iím not saying that I want to kick kids out of the classroom per se but I would like to make sure that anyone who sends their kid to school is doing something to contribute to the educational money pot. To be honest I feel the same way about the multi-generational welfare folks too. ďWorkfareĒ really would be better for all of us.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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