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Globalization and Immigration: Left of Center View

Thanks to technology the world is becoming an ever smaller place. Human beings can travel faster and farther than ever before. Now, thanks to the internet we can even establish ourselves Facebook to Facebook in communities thousands of miles away, chatting in real time across Continents in less time than it takes to call across the room. The barriers between us are disappearing more and more rapidly with every technological advance we make.

With all these barricades coming down between individuals it becomes increasingly difficult for governments to maintain them. To the generation that came after the Berlin wall fell, borders are merely hypothetical: I can traverse the globe virtually, why shouldnít I be able to go there as well. And itís true, for most of the industrialized world, there are very few real borders left. If you can afford the ticket, you are welcome to come and visit.

But what of the folks that donít have access to computers, or other necessities like water, food or medicine? What of all the people for whom life is about survival in this world and not the World of Warcraft? The world has condensed enough that the majority of those in the third world are certainly aware of the luxuries taken for granted in most of the mechanized nations. Only now, instead of just hearing about these luxuries, people can actually see them, and experience bits and pieces first hand. In some cases they see the very things we take for granted as they put them together in the factories our corporations built in their country so we can get the things even cheaper. No longer is the dream to visit streets paved in gold, now people just want toilets that flush.

As the old saying goes ďWhat you donít know canít hurt you.Ē The problem is that as the world shrinks more and more people know, and that hurts them. They see the wonders of our world and begin to ask why they cannot have these things as well. It is human nature to want more, and to envy those that live better than ones self. You canít blame people for wanting what Americans have. Comparatively speaking, even our poor have it good compared to the conditions in some parts of the world. Americans enjoy a relatively high standard of living. Even when we take it for granted we still enjoy it. Just as the envy of our opulence is only natural to those people with less so too is the envy we have for those who have more than we. So of course we fight against the notion of nation sharing. For all we have, we still donít feel we have enough.

While we harbor these age-old feelings itís important that we re-examine them with new-age awareness. There comes a time when we have to grow up as a nation and look beyond the gratifications of the moment to see the realities of the world we live in. The policies of the past wonít hold up to the challenges of the future as our dreams and ambitions evolve along with us. Just like everything else in the modern world our immigration practices need updating. It needs to face the reality that no matter how much we pontificate it will not change the fact that there is disparity in the world and we are the ones sitting on the positive side of the quality of life scale. Immigration is not an issue that we can continue to ignore in the hopes that it will go away. The world will continue to shrink, travel will become even easier and, invited or not, people will continue to arrive on American shores in search of a better life. So like it or not, Immigration is an issue that we need to not just address. We need to modernize our policies and practices now, before they become even more obsolete than they already are.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Unsafe Imports: Who's to Blame?
Amnesty and Elections
Undocumented Nannies and Politics
Terrorists at the Gates
Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
American Immigration Abroad
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs and Fair Trade
Open Borders and the American Worker
ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration




Globalization and Immigration: Right of Center View

Everywhere you turn these days you hear people talking about the ďglobal economyĒ and how the actions of one company can be felt worldwide. Many decry the advantage taking of lesser developed nations and posit that we need to let our consciences direct our trade policies because we are becoming one world more and more every day. From this point of view America is duty bound to share the richness of our successes with others less fortunate than ourselves in the interest of advancing the entire human race. This is an undoubtedly noble sentiment worthy of the ideals this nation was founded upon. It takes a person devoid of moral fiber to look upon despair and not lend a hand when they are able to do so.

I suppose itís also true that we have grown to a point as a species that we have become more than just a collection of nations. Our very survival may one day depend on our ability to look past the divisions of the past. The question that must be asked however is; have we yet grown to the point where we can work together towards a common goal? The upside to globalization is that it allows businesses to expand across borders and increases cultural exchange between peoples from around the globe. The downside is that people that would do us harm from abroad have greater access to the means to do so.

While we can all hope for the day when we can live together as one world under one banner of humanity, we cannot base our legislative agendas on that hope. We must confront the realities of our world today. In our world today, companies go into foreign countries, exploit their people, rape the land and then leave when they have either used up everything they want or a better deal comes along. Letís face it folks, itís the poor ticked off people who strap bombs to themselves and blow up cafes.

So whatís the answer? Well, it seems to be twofold. Firstly, we must reign in our corporations and make it more difficult for them to create enemies for America in their business dealings abroad. Secondly, we need to maintain tight border security and high standards for immigration because we have already created so many enemies with our actions of the past. America is seen in one of two ways today. We are either seen as the land of opportunity where anyone can get rich or we are seen as the monsters who will rape and pillage with wild abandon to get what we want around the world. Both of these perceptions draw people to America and both are dangerous to the health of our nation. Those who view America as the enemy are the people who blow up buildings with airplanes and those who see America as the easy life are coming into the picture with false hopes that could easily turn to anger and resentment when not realized and even result in turning to a criminal lifestyle.

In the short term immigration policy must be set based on the worst case scenarios as opposed to the rosy predictions of global group hugs if we just tore down those silly borders. We are not yet ready as a species for a borderless world but could come closer with a bit of hard work and compromise by all. The long term answer is less clear but must involve a combination of legislative valor and bitter pill swallowing for those companies that have made misery their main source of profits. Company profits are certainly not bad and business can be the source of much progress but never should leaders blindly trust that those seeking profit will always take the humane course to find their profit. Globalization is clearly here to stay and borders are becoming less important to the world on the whole but for the time being we still need to remember that not everyone is nice and not everyone likes us.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Unsafe Imports: Who's to Blame?
Amnesty and Elections
Undocumented Nannies and Politics
Enemies At The Gates
Drugs and Immigration
The Border Fence
American Immigration Abroad
Port Security
Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy and Immigration
Gangs; Importing Criminals
Cultural Migration
Tariffs, Safety and Fair Trade
Open Border Trucking Policies
Unions Defending Illegal Aliens
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

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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