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Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged By Some To Boycott 2010 Census - Would That Help Or Hurt Them In The Long Run?: Left of Center View

It makes perfect sense that the government would want to know exactly how many undocumented workers there are in the country. It just doesn't make as much sense for the workers to come forward to be counted. Let's be honest, the governments primary reason for wanting to know where these people are should be to deport them. It is the law and the justification for all the various programs funding. Obviously, like everyone doing something they aren't supposed to, undocumented workers would prefer not to be caught.

The reality of the situation is that there are thousands, perhaps millions of people living in the U.S. under the radar. For practical reasons plenty of agencies, companies and other entities other than law enforcement would like to have an idea of just how many undocumented workers there are in the country at any given time. This is especially true for the organizations that have been set up to help recent immigrants. Hey, when you have people over for dinner, you need to know how many to cook for.

So even though it makes perfect sense for undocumented workers to want to avoid detection whenever and wherever possible, boycotting the 2010 census may not be such a great idea. As long as census data is collected in a non-intrusive way, it actually benefits them to be counted. Public services and civil planning are all based on population, both actual and anticipated. If the lure for the undocumented worker is the chance at a better life, not just for the worker but for the entire family, then being included in the population count is crucial.

If you are here and trying to blend in you have to move with the masses. If you are planning to use the public services, send your kids to school, flush the toilet, have your garbage picked up, etc., you need everything to run smoothly. When things are going well, we tend not to look at them to closely, but when there isn't enough to go around you have to make cuts and who easier to cut than the folks that shouldn't be here in the first place, which puts undocumented workers in a very precarious predicament. So though, as a group it does them no good to be identified, there is a benefit to being counted.


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Undocumented Immigrants Encouraged By Some To Boycott 2010 Census - Would That Help Or Hurt Them In The Long Run?: Right of Center View

Bottom line, we need to know how many people are in the country, legally or otherwise. When we plan for infrastructure and public services, we need to know how many people are being served. Regardless of your opinion on whether or not they should be allowed to stay here, you should want them to be counted.

The ďactivistsĒ calling for them to boycott the census havenít got the sense God gave a mule when looking to the future. Letís follow this through for a minute. Assuming that we have about five million of them here that boycott the census and half of them are of child-bearing age or will be in the next ten years until the next census, if each of them has the ďtypicalĒ two children that would be another five million plus kids in our country between now and the next census that our hospitals and schools will not be ready for. Now knowing that culturally certain groups have a lot more kids and start early we could be looking at another ten million kids hitting the system that weíre not prepared for.

The brain trust that is advocating this boycott clearly hasnít stopped to think things through. They say they want better services and conditions for immigrants but they are proposing a course of action that would result in the exact opposite outcome. The census isnít some political convenience count. They count people so they can provide adequate government services to them. They get demographics so they can do all those wonderfully liberal, tree hugger things like provide second language learning for all the kids who donít speak English. Boycotting the census is truly one of those cutting off your nose to spite your face kind of moves that only serious jackasses promote.

Now Iím not a big fan of all the programs that the liberals use the census numbers to promote but I do like the freeways I drive on to be designed with the right number of people in mind. Unless you like the gridlock on the way to work every morning, you might want to try to convince anyone you know who might be thinking of boycotting the census to pull their head out of their posterior and think things through before they screw their neighbors and themselves. ICE isnít going to be following the census takers around checking their notes. Just answer the stupid questions so we can get what we need from Uncle Sam.

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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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