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Diplomacy And Immigration: Left of Center View

Should diplomatic relations between governments and their various treaties have a tangible impact on immigration. Well of course they should... and of course they shouldnít. The problem with all politics is that every now and then people and reality always seem to get in the way.

Governments have never done a very good job of drawing lines in the sand, or of building their walls in the right places. Millions of familyís were cut in half by the Berlin wall, the eradication of which is one of the greatest symbols of our victory in the Cold War. Supposedly President Reaganís crowing achievement was the pulling down of that symbol of oppression and re-uniting the people of East Germany with their friends and family in the West. President Bush wants to build his own wall, and heís using pretty much the same fear tactics the Russians did to justify doing it.

Hereís where the whole diplomatic / immigration thing gets a little sticky. We donít have very good relations with Cuba, but we do with Mexico and Canada. For a while there we were letting the Cubans in just because they were Cuban and keeping the Mexicans out for what, because they werenít Cubans? Now we pretty much donít want to let any Latinos into the country because they will be a drain on our social resources and not contribute much to the economy. In fact theyíll TAKE OUR JOBS. Then we get all pissed off when the Canadians donít want to let us into their country for the exact same reason. If the U.S. does re-instate the draft so that Halliburton can expand its operations to North Korea the Canadians may have to build their own wall. This is all with the countries we have good diplomatic relations with. What about the folks we donít get along so well with.

According to the Chinese government all of their citizens are extremely happy and donít want to leave, but somehow we still find hundreds trying to immigrate to the U.S., in cargo containers. We flatter ourselves by thinking that all of these folks from third world countries, or countries with third world conditions, are killing themselves to come to America, but letís be truthful theyíre simply trying to escape from where they are. No matter what the diplomatic status between governments is people will always try and find a better life.

Perhaps instead of worrying about a personís country of origin we should worry about the people themselves. We should examine each and every immigration application and decide whether or not to let the person immigrate based solely on the individual and their potential contributions to society. Families who have been divided by government lines should be allowed to reunite under a common citizenship.

The only time diplomacy should enter into the equation is during the extradition process.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Last Week's View from the Left: Gangs; Importing Criminals

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
Cultural Migration
Tariffs and Fair Trade
Open Borders and the American Worker
ICE Raids Detain Thousands of Innocent People
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration




Diplomacy and Immigration: Right of Center View

Sometimes lost in the debate over immigration is the role of the leaders in the decisions of their people. While the policies of the government are credited with preventing or not preventing illegal entry into the country, not much attention is paid to the policies that drive people out of countries. Little time is spent on the treaties that negatively impact the countries causing the people to feel the need to illegally immigrate elsewhere in order to find a livable existence.

In many of my columns on immigration issues I have taken a hard stand against the illegal entry into our nation by people from abroad. I do feel that there is a right way and a wrong way to enter another nation but I have to stop and ask myself if it is not something that needs to be addressed in the international trade policies that govern the world economy. Policies and trade agreements focus on the needs of business and macro-economics but rarely do they focus on the needs of the individual workers. Free trade is rarely without human cost.

So what impact do these agreements have on the people in the countries that enter into them? Well, we know well the impact that some agreements have had on our jobs and how many of the jobs that used to be held by Americans have gone to workers in other countries in order for American companies to make larger profits. Given that our jobs have been sent to other countries, it would stand to reason that these agreements would impact the jobs in other countries as well. If our agreements lead to outsourcing for our companiesí increased profits would it also stand to reason that the recent corporate economic boom caused by more goods being produced in places like China has forced the workers of Mexico to seek work elsewhere? Is it our own desire for cheaper goods that is causing the influx of illegal immigration?

It seems like the answer to the immigration problem might be in working on trade agreements that improve the conditions for the workers on both sides of the border. While we need our companies to make profits, we donít need to do it in such a way as to force other countriesí workers to try to find greener pastures on our shores. There is money enough for all to be made by enterprising companies without the need for creating enemies abroad or causing other nationsí economies to become so dysfunctional as to make even the crime ridden streets of America's most violent inner cities look like the promised land to their citizens.

Perhaps the diplomats are what we need to do what laws, fences, rhetoric and posturing have failed to do. Maybe well written trade agreements would offer a real solution to the problem of illegal immigration. It could even be that just a little less greed could make for a little more equity in the world and make the whole world livable for everyone.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Last Week's View from the Right: Gangs; Importing Criminals

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Cultural Migration
Tariffs, Safety and Fair Trade
Open Border Trucking Policies
Unions Defending Illegal Aliens
Political Activism and Illegal Immigration
Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

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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