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Democrats Vs. Republicans - Who Should Immigrants Vote For?: Left of Center View

Well first and foremost, immigrants don't vote, citizens do. While itís true that most U.S. Citizens are either descendants or immigrants themselves, there is a difference because for many immigrants immigration issues become far less important when they no longer directly affect them.

People have a tendency to worry more about survival than anything else. So while issues of immigration are of the utmost importance when you are attempting to get a visa, a green card or citizenship, they become less of a worry once you have accomplished them.

Part of matriculation is the adjusting to your new surroundings. Once you have made the adjustment the next step is trying to improve your situation. It is a cycle as old as life itself. So once you have established yourself as a resident of a community, it makes sense that your focus would shift to the issues that affect the community you now call home.

So who is better for immigrants, Democrats or Republicans? If you stick to the stereotypes then social spending liberal Democrats are the closest thing to champions recent immigrants have in government. Heck many Republican candidates run on the platform of turning back immigrants to their native lands and making it harder for those that have made it here to stay. Recent citizens may want to support this kind of thinking as it lessens the competition.

Most immigrants that do make it to the U.S., do so with very little in terms of worldly goods. They come for the chance at a better life, and better economic standing. Social programs that offer aid to those who need it tend to be associated with Democratic policy. Republicans want to end Welfare, Democrats want to expand it. So if you need assistance, of course you think there should be more of it available. Again it seems that immigrants benefit from traditionally Democratic policies.

In the end however it should be the individual candidate and not just the party they are affiliated with that decides your vote. There are Pro-life Democrats, just as there are Republicans that support public television. The whole point of Democracy is for the people to pick representatives for their communities, so the best choice for the immigrant is most likely to be a person who has been through the immigration process.


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Democrats Vs. Republicans - Who Should Immigrants Vote For?: Right of Center View

Well, that depends on how you define immigrants. Legal immigrants who have gone through the process and worked hard to come here legally should probably favor Republicans. Republicans favor legal immigration and support the rights of legal immigrants to have their efforts valued by the system they worked their way through to become Americans. What Republicans donít favor and most Democrats seem to support is amnesty for illegal immigrants.

If I were a newly naturalized citizen of these United States, I would vote for conservatives. They value the efforts made by legal immigrants to become United States citizens. Most conservatives would tell you today that even their most beloved President of the last hundred years was dead wrong on immigration. President Reaganís amnesty program was a miserable failure. It rewarded lawbreakers and cheapened the efforts of legal immigrants across the nation. His decision to support amnesty is a black mark on an otherwise stellar two terms in office. It did nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration and in fact encouraged more people to come with the thought that one day they could be given amnesty as well.

Democrats and other liberals donít really think about legal immigrants when they form public policy. They always talk about the plight of the illegal immigrant as if they are all innocents who never did anything wrong in their lives. The truth of the matter is that American prisons hold thousands of illegal immigrants who came to America with no higher calling than a life of crime. Those illegal immigrants in our prisons have done a double disservice to legal immigrants. They have not only now become a tax burden on the legal immigrants whose taxes pay to house and feed them, they have strengthened negative stereotypes of immigrants through their actions.

Legal immigrants who can vote as American citizens should support Republicans and Independent conservatives who will honor their efforts by getting tough on the people who come here illegally making things harder for legal immigrants. Democrats and other liberals do a disservice to the legal immigrant when they set up ďsanctuary citiesĒ and do everything in their power to gut existing immigration laws. They are not supporting legitimate immigration to America when they give lawbreakers a pass through amnesty initiatives. They are making the efforts of lawful immigrants meaningless. Personally I donít like it when politicians take my efforts and flush them down the political toilet. Do you?

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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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