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Immigration and Politics - What is Truth and What is Hype?: Left of Center View

The anti-immigrant people want you to think that we can’t support new people coming to America when nothing could be further from the truth. We are the richest nation on Earth and to cry poor because of some bigoted and self-serving agenda is not only wrong it is frankly offensive. To think that the nation that has more billionaires than any other on the planet is somehow too poor to support people often making less than minimum wage is absurd. The opponents of immigration reform like the current system because it allows them to take advantage of undocumented workers while vilifying them to keep them from obtaining basic human rights under our laws.

Laws like the new Arizona anti-immigrant law are a symptom of a larger problem in America that has to do with the perception of immigrants as criminals. In reality most undocumented workers are hard working people who pay taxes and see little if any benefit from those taxes ever. In order to be employed they obtain Social Security numbers that they can pay taxes using but cannot claim benefits from as undocumented immigrants. They also pay taxes on goods and services like any other American. In some respects they actually put more into the system than they ever get out. Their only crime is being desperate for a better life and coming to find one in the only place they know of where that can happen.

On the right there is an over abundance of hype about the evils of illegal immigration. From people like Lou Dobbs creating panic about absurd notions such as immigrants bringing leprosy to America to politicians calling for the repeal of the 14th Amendment to thwart the birth of "anchor babies" there is a constant barrage of hate hurled at people just trying to survive. As is often the case in political debates the politicians look for the most divisive rhetoric they can find and use it as a basis for their entire argument. It is a despicable tactic that has proven to be historically effective in winning elections so the politicians continue to employ it.

If you put aside the words and look at actions you see that most of the anti-immigrant plans are no more substantial than the proverbial Emperor’s new clothes. The rhetoric may call for the end of illegal immigration but the truth is that many of the most vocal critics of undocumented workers benefit from their labors in one way or another. The difference between the left and the right is that the left wants the people living here to be treated like human beings regardless of their immigration status while the right wing is more interested in unjustly vilifying people for political gain.


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Immigration and Politics - What is Truth and What is Hype?: Right of Center View

The truth of illegal immigration is that it is bad for America. It is hard to get to a much more simple truth than that. We have limited national resources and a native population already struggling to make do with the resources available to us. We simply cannot support more people coming into our country without making sure we have the means to support them. This debate boils down to supply and demand. If there is insufficient supply to support the demand someone will have to go without.

The hype around illegal immigration comes in large part from those pie-in-the-sky dreamers who think that just wishing for something will change reality. The liberals seem to think if they whine about it long enough people who have worked hard to build fortunes will suddenly decide they want to be poor and give all their money away to people to whom they owe nothing. They are under the delusion that capitalism is evil and that America should be the dumping ground for the world’s less fortunate people. Why? Why should we be responsible for taking care of the poor from around the world? Who determined that we were supposed to be the world’s savior? Why can’t the people coming here work to fix their own countries?

When you take emotion out of the equation and just apply logic you see that the bulk of illegal immigrants coming to America are making our bad economy worse by adding unsupported burdens to an already overburdened system. With national reported unemployment around 10% we can ill afford more workers coming into the workforce. We need to employ the legal residents of our nation and rebuild our tax base. Adding undocumented workers who often work without paying taxes hurts everyone. With undocumented workers taking the jobs and often removing the money they earn from the domestic economy in an effort to support their families abroad you not only lose tax revenue you lose the economic support for additional job creation. Conversely employing Americans who pay taxes and spend their money domestically you begin to rebuild the economy and stimulate growth.

The truth is we need to employ Americans in order to repair our economy. The truth is that undocumented workers do not support the goal of growth in the domestic economy. The hype is that wanting to secure our borders and promote job growth for American citizens over illegal immigrants is somehow paranoid or bigoted.

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