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Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking - The Modern Slave Trade: Left of Center View

Slavery is alive and well in America. It goes unseen and unknown by many but the heartbreaking reality is that every day people simply looking for a better life are the victims of unscrupulous and cruel traffickers in human misery. Some may risk their lives as human transport containers for drugs while others spend nearly every waking moment having their bodies violated by people they don’t know to pay for their trip to America. They come looking for the American dream only to find that their reality is more like a never-ending nightmare.

In the back rooms of warehouses slave labor makes cheap goods for sale to an ever-growing mass of consumers. These sweatshops don’t draw any attention and as long as they keep churning out goods nobody asks too many questions about how they can manage to manufacture goods in America and still manage to sell them for such low prices. The truth is that if the buyers stopped to think about it too long they would come to the conclusion that something was amiss and then they might have to actually do something about it. People ignore the obvious signs of these abuses because they either don’t want to get involved or they just want the cheap goods to keep coming while they point to the label and say they bought items made in America.

More insidious still is the sex trade. In the dark and quiet rooms of the local massage parlors much more is going on than meets the eye. Young girls brought over from China and other parts of Asia are forced to service men in numerous ways. They are watched through one way glass and punished if they don’t offer sex to patrons coming in for a “massage”. They are told how much to charge for various acts and if they don’t satisfy the needs of the customer they know it will go badly for them. So they smile and act as if they enjoy it while strange men have their way with them. What little hope they might have had before coming to America is slowly killed each and every time they degrade themselves for the pleasure of a stranger.

What it comes down to is that people living inside our borders are being used and abused every day while they themselves are often blamed for their plight. Because they were not able to come to America through the overly complicated and laborious immigration process they are instantly assumed to be a bad element. The victims are the ones who end up being blamed for the problem. The truth is that our immigration process is what leaves these people in the position of taking desperate measures to come to America. If we just made immigration more accessible to them they wouldn’t need to risk their lives to come here.


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Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking - The Modern Slave Trade: Right of Center View

Among the many evils of illegal immigration is the trafficking in human beings. In any major metropolitan area in this country you can find examples of modern day slaves under the watchful eyes of their masters. Held captive under threat of violence and unable to understand the rights citizens have in America these people live in conditions we would normally associate with third world countries. Because they tried to come to America by illegal means they have now become unwilling servants to criminals and monsters who will exploit some to the point of killing them.

This is yet another example of why it is so important to clamp down on illegal immigration. These people coming to supposedly find a better life are ending up in worse places than they started out and their labors now help to expand criminal enterprises inside our borders. Some end up working in drug labs and sweatshops while others end up performing sex acts for the profit of organized crime syndicates. If they refuse they are killed. It has been reported that some of the importers of these undocumented people will regularly kill one person during the trip to America to let the rest of the people know that they are not to be messed with. If the new slaves won’t work they know they will be killed because they have seen one of their fellow slaves killed already.

America should not be the destination of slave traders. We abolished slavery over a hundred years ago. These modern day slave traders are purely evil and need to be stopped. If you needed any more proof that illegal immigration is wrong simply look to the trafficking of human beings and ask yourself if this shouldn’t be stopped by any means necessary. Being undocumented means being undetected and that in many cases means you are either involved in things you don’t want the authorities to know about or you are unprotected from people who would take advantage of you. Neither of which is a good way to live in America.

Every day we hear more about Mexican drug cartels and Chinese sex slavery rings doing business in our cities. This is precisely the element that border security and immigration enforcement is supposed to be in place to keep out of the country. When our city governments refuse to turn over illegal immigrants because of “sanctuary” policies and our politicians in Washington cut funding for immigration enforcement it allows that bad element to increase their presence in our nation. Whether it is drugs or prostitution or slave labor they are bringing, we don’t want it here. We need to strengthen border security and enforce the laws to keep these criminals out. Nobody wins when they get away with it.

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A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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