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Is It Reasonable To Compare Immigrants Rights Issues Today To The '60's Civil Rights Movement?: Left of Center View

Well, sure it's just fine to compare the two as long as you keep one very important point at the forefront - Immigrants are not Citizens and therefore are not under the protection of the Constitution or the Government of the United States of America.

The true tragedy of the Civil Rights movement was that such a movement was even necessary. Under our founding documents all citizens were to be treated equally, but this obviously was not the case. There was a large group of people who were required to take on all of the burdens of citizenship, but to whom very few of the perks were extended. As citizens they had every right to be angry, and not just the right, but according to many of the Founding Fathers, the obligation to do something about it. A democracy only really works when people participate in it, otherwise it's a dictatorship.

In addition to the rights guaranteed them as citizens, many that were involved in the Civil Rights movement found their Human Rights violated. Human Rights are "the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled" and more specifically as defined in Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949 stated "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." This declaration was in direct response to the atrocities of World War II and agreed upon by the "civilized nations of the world" as a standard to which they would all adhere.

So while it is necessary to respect an individual's rights as a fellow human being, it is not reasonable to expect the same rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship to be extended to all that request them. The hard fact is that immigrants are foreign nationals, they already hold citizenships to other nations and as such their care should be the responsibility of nation for which they hold citizenship. Of course there are exceptions and variables such as residency and family ties and relations that need to be factored in.

Aid should be offered and given when possible to whomever needs it regardless of nationality, in theory, but the brutal truth is that we are having trouble taking care of our own citizens. Children are starving here in our inner-cities and rural extremities, educations is expensive and uneven and we can't fund the majority of civic programs we have and unfortunately we need to take care of ourselves first, before we start worrying about the welfare of others.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Is It Reasonable To Compare Immigrants Rights Issues Today To The '60's Civil Rights Movement?: Right of Center View

Itís not only unreasonable, itís insulting to the people who fought and died for equal rights for American citizens who had historically been treated unfairly. These people are not Americans plain and simple. No they donít deserve the same considerations as citizens because theyíre not citizens! This is nothing like the Civil Rights movement!

Comparing the fight for illegal alien rights to the Civil Rights movement is insane. People that have broken the law even being here are expecting to be treated like citizens!?! They arenít and donít deserve the benefits of citizenship. Of course like all people trying to promote poorly founded ideals they attack anyone not in favor of their agenda. They accuse anyone who disagrees of being racist. They use the Mexican immigrant as a poster child so they can claim that anyone opposed to them must be racist against Mexicans. That is a load of crap! I have family members from Mexico who came here legally and I love them without reservation. Iím not a racist by any stretch but I donít feel like anyone illegally in this country ďdeservesĒ the same rights and privileges I have as a citizen.

This issue is not just about Mexican people or Chinese people or any other nationality for that matter. This issue is about doing things the right and legal way. If you break the law you donít deserve to be rewarded for it. The bottom line is that no matter where you came from, if youíre here illegally then you need to be treated the same as anyone else who broke the law and be held accountable for it. You donít deserve to have people giving you the benefits of citizenship when you havenít earned those rights.

The Civil Rights movement was about some Americans being treated unlike other Americans. It was about justice for people provided under the Constitution of the United States of America. Non-citizens are not provided for in the Constitution and do not qualify for all the rights of citizenship. Under international laws and agreements we are required to render aid to foreign nationals when need dictates. We should do so. This does not mean that we need to foot the bill for illegal immigrants to go to our schools or get public assistance of any kind. Those services should be for citizens and legal residents. If you donít fall into one of those categories you donít deserve those services. This isnít a civil rights issue and to compare the push for special treatment for illegal aliens to the hard fought battle for the civil rights of American citizens is ludicrous and insulting to those who fought for the rights they actually deserved.

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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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