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Setting Standards for Legal Immigration: Left of Center View

Itís interesting that some people think that immigration should be based on standards of people. How is it that we judge a worthy human being? Do we bar criminals? Do we bar dissidents? Do we accept all priests and assume that God is a good enough reference?

America was founded by outcasts. Our founding fathers were considered criminals by the ruling authority in colonial America. They were enemies of the crown and terrorists. Today we celebrate their lives and call them heroes. Martin Luther King Jr. broke the law on many occasions to bring about greater change. He is considered a great man by most Americans. So why is it that we assume that anyone who has broken a law is unworthy of being an American? Do we strip Americans of their citizenship when they are convicted of crimes? It sounds like a good reason to keep people out but how does it compare with the way we treat our own people? So do we set lower standards for Americans than for immigrants? How does that make us the best we can be?

On the other side of the question is who do we let into our great nation? In the recent past it has become evident that many people in positions of trust have betrayed that trust on a fairly regular basis and systematically covered it up putting their interests ahead of those theyíve been entrusted with looking out for. Do we put that aside and assume that they were aberrations instead of the symptoms of a larger disease? How do we make the call?

Perhaps we should just close the borders and not let anyone in. It would seem that we are in an interesting place of either being hypocrites or bigots. I would posit that perhaps the answer is not setting standards for people so much as it is a question of not trying to pin the fault for all of our problems on others who are simply looking for the same things all of us are looking for.

Immigrants are no different than you or I. They simply want a better life and a chance for their children to live a better life than they have. They are not some menacing invasion force coming to steal our country. They are not irresponsible and lazy people wanting to sponge off of hard working Americans. They are simply people with a dream of a better life. The American dream should not be out of reach for anyone. The whole idea behind the American dream is that anyone can achieve anything if they work hard enough. Should it really matter where they were born?


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Last Week's View from the Left: Diplomacy And Immigration

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
Gangs; Importing Criminals
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




Setting Standards for Legal Immigration : Right of Center View

This should be an absolute no-brainer. Of course we need to set standards for who we will and wonít let into our country. Do we really want thugs and criminals coming into our nation? God knows we have enough crime in America and donít need to import more. Beyond that, we really donít need a lot of unskilled people coming here either. America has enough people living off the taxpayers and doesnít need more.

I thin there should be stringent standards set for people wanting to come into America. We need to make sure that they can support themselves, donít pose a threat to our people and will contribute to the betterment of America. While we do need people to wash bathrooms and pick fruit, we donít need just those types of workers coming here. We need to set limits on the numbers of people with specific skill sets coming into the nation based on economic needs. Letís be real here, this is about economic survival for America and Americans. We need to bring in the talent we need and keep out the drains on the economy that we donít need.

I know that people love to talk about the ďland of opportunityĒ and wax poetic about the American dream but the truth is that none of us will achieve the American dream if we donít make sure we can sustain the population we have within our borders. Hard work is great but there are economic realities to take into consideration as well. Foreign workers are attractive to businesses because they work cheap. If we keep dumping more and more underpaid people into our economy the whole economy suffers. The workers either send their money back to their home country or they are so consumed with paying their bills here, they are not stimulating the economy by spending because they have no disposable income. What are they adding to the strength of our nation?

Standards are set for everything. Employers have you fill out an application because they need to know if you meet their standards. You take a driving test to get a license because there are standards you need to meet to operate a dangerous machine. When our own citizens commit heinous crimes they lose the right to vote. There are standards for Americans and there should be standards for potential Americans. Not setting standards is doing a disservice to our children and theirs because it can only lead to a lowering of standards when it comes to what it means to be an American.

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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Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Gangs; Importing Criminals
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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