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Cities And States Passing Anti-Illegal Immigration Laws - Are The People Tired Of Waiting For Washington To Act?: Left of Center View

People are impatient. Even with understanding. Americans who cheered when our newly elected President told us there was a lot of work to do, a rough road ahead, but that there was hope, now want results. It’s been a year dang it, why isn’t everything better? Local and state politicians are capitalizing on this impatience and passing broad legislation that makes it appear that they are taking action and fixing things, when in reality much of it amounts to little more than grandstanding.

American politics has always been a mixture of special interest groups lobbying behind closed doors and pandering to the mob. In the soundbite era if you can’t excite a crowd of your supporters you will never make it onto YouTube, nobody will follow your Tweets and your time in office will be brief or non-existent. Charismatic legislators get re-elected; they just don’t always get things done.

If you need to look like you’re doing something why not re-pass an existing law or stature? Since scapegoats are wonderful deflectors, why not throw a couple into the process as well? Focusing on illegal immigration is a win–win for most politicians: you attack a group that can’t hurt you, what are they going to do vote you out of office, while pandering to the most easily motivated segment of the population, the angry and upset.

Arguably the most American of all U.S. based industries, the agriculture industry, absolutely relies on undocumented labor and makes no qualms about paying the majority of its laborers far less than minimum wage on average. Already being exploited by the agriculture industry, it seemed a simple way to score points for politicians as well. Not hard to whip that crowd into frenzy when you drive home the point that American jobs are regularly being done by non-citizens, right here in our own backyards. But there is a wonderful new twist to this scenario of accusation vs. accusation – the “Take Our Jobs” campaign.

The “Take Our Jobs” campaign in being launched by the United Farm Workers of America and involves a simple challenge: work on a farm, hell they’ll even train you. Migrant agriculture and livestock workers earn an average of $12,000 annually and they are inviting unemployed Americans to come and work beside them, to “Take their Jobs”, some in the paid by the bushel sector are even willing to take less money so that they can train applicants in dusty conditions where the temperatures regularly get into triple digits.

The campaign, which is also being championed and reported on extensively by “right wing pundit” Stephen Colbert, is obviously a bit tongue and cheek, but the message behind it is very real. Undocumented workers have been targeted and accused so instead of fighting anger with anger they are using humor and a bit of common sense to address the issue. Perhaps our politicians should consider doing the same.


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Cities And States Passing Anti-Illegal Immigration Laws - Are The People Tired Of Waiting For Washington To Act?: Right of Center View

Of course the people are tired of waiting for Washington. For decades we have been promised border security and laws to stem the tide of illegal immigrants washing ashore in America. We have millions of people inside our borders that don’t belong here and it seems like the people in charge aren’t really concerned about it. If the people in Washington won’t act it is left to the people in the states to take care of themselves.

In Arizona the governor took a bold step in signing legislation that calls the federal government on their lack of action to secure our southern border. People from across the nation and around the world decided that Arizona was full of bigots because they want to enforce the laws of the nation and make people follow the rules to immigrate to America. What the hell!?! When did we start calling people bigots for trying to enforce the laws that most Americans support? There are people boycotting Arizona because they are trying to address a problem facing their state that the federal government has promised to solve but has done nothing to address.

The American people should be annoyed and frustrated with our elected officials in Washington. They have had over twenty years since Reagan did the great amnesty to secure our borders yet we still have hundreds of illegal immigrants coming into America every day. What have they really done? There has been a lot of talk and not much else. Employers are still allowed to get away with hiring illegal immigrants day after day. Cities are allowed to declare themselves “sanctuary” cities and harbor illegal immigrants without consequence. It becomes clear when you look at the overall picture that the people currently running things in Washington aren’t capable of even enforcing the laws on the books let alone making laws to better secure our borders. Knowing that, cities and states have to take matters into their own hands.

The state and local laws that have been passed recently should be a wakeup call for the politicians in Washington. We the People are sick of the politicians catering to the extremists while ignoring the will of the majority. If they can’t pass and enforce laws to protect the people then we need to do it for ourselves. If they continue to do such a poor job looking out for the American people then we need to replace them with people who will. Those same local politicians that have been passing the laws that actually protect the people they serve would be a refreshing change in Washington. It may be time for us to start sending our local people to Washington to get things done. The career Washington politicians have not gotten the job done and we are all paying for it. The time for patience is over. It’s time for action and if Washington politicians can’t step up then it’s time for them to step aside and make room for people than can.

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