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Amnesty vs. Equity for Undocumented Immigrants: Left of Center View

Let me start by saying that I am sick to death of people talking about ďamnestyĒ for undocumented workers like they are somehow even remotely comparable to hardened criminals seeking to be let off the hook for some heinous crime. The only crime these people, generally speaking, have committed is being born poor on the wrong side of the border and wanting to do something about it. They work hard, raise their kids to work hard and try to make their communities better by sticking together in times of hardship. Wouldnít America actually be a better place overall if more people were like them in those regards?

In our Society of self-important and overly entitled people we look down our noses at those who have less than us as if to say that they are somehow less than us. This has got to be one of the most narcissistic and insane thought processes I have ever had the displeasure to encounter. People seemed somehow convinced that the measure of a person is how much junk they can pile up that they donít need. We drive SUVís that seat ten when we have never had more than three people in our cars in our lives because they are a status symbol. We buy massive TV sets that take up the better part of a room and then spend all of our time working overtime to make the payments on the credit card we used to buy it so we never have time to watch it.

The immigrant works for their family to have clothes and a roof over their heads. They will nurse a broken down old truck with coat hangers and wood screws to keep it running so they can get to work for almost no money just so that one day their kids might be able to go to college. Immigrants will often live in houses where three and four generations share space so that all of them can afford a place to live. Itís cramped and uncomfortable but you donít hear them complaining about how much they hate their relatives.

Who has the better set of values here? We Americans have become so spoiled in our opulence that we have lost sight of the values that made America great to begin with. The American dream is alive and well in the heart of the immigrant. Most people with a long family history in this nation have lost sight of the values that distinguished America from the rest of the world. We could learn a thing or two from these hard working, faithful and devoted families.

So when we talk about ďamnestyĒ for undocumented immigrants it is absurd. We need to be learning from their examples in many ways and looking for ways to find equity for them and all people of good conscience in this country looking for a better life for their children. Anyone who is willing to work hard, give of themselves for their community, do no harm to others and embrace learning should be able to call themselves an American no matter where they were born originally.

Maybe we should actually start deporting the Americans who have no appreciation for the privilege of being American and give their rights to the people who actually want to build a better life with hard work and dedication. Send them and the real criminals off to some deserted island to fend for themselves. Maybe after a few years knowing real hardship they might actually appreciate being Americans again.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?
What Does Trillions of Dollars in Debt to China Mean for Our Future?
Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
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Amnesty vs. Equity for Undocumented Immigrants: Right of Center View

Letís talk about equity for undocumented immigrants. Equity in my view would be if they had to do everything that a legal immigrant did to become an American. The legal immigrants have to spend months and years of their lives living up to standards and keeping their noses clean in order to have the privilege of living in the greatest country in the history of mankind. What do undocumented workers do to come here? They sneak across the border and face some dangers but like the thief in the night risking arrest to rip off something that doesnít belong to them, there is a substantial payoff for them if they donít get caught.

If we were to offer amnesty for all infractions that some people claim donít hurt anyone, we would allow people who copy answers on final exams to get away with it and hand them diplomas for their ingenuity. We would let music and movie pirates to just sell as many copies as they want without making them pay the people who actually created the original materials for their time and efforts. Theyíre rich already right? No reason to not let a little guy make some money off of their movies and music. Whatís the harm? The harm is that the pirates didnít work for that money or earn it. They just ripped it off and got over on everyone else who works an honest day for their money. Illegal entry into a country is not a victimless crime. It demeans the efforts of every legal immigrant and makes it that much harder for people not born in the U.S.A. to find opportunity without prejudice when they do come here legally.

Amnesty is not only ineffective it is morally questionable and short sighted. One has only to look at the Reagan amnesty program to see that it not only didnít stem the tide of illegal immigration, the numbers increased after it was implemented. It sent the wrong message to people thinking about coming here illegally. It told them if the broke the law and waited long enough, they could get away with it. We need to stop sending people the message that America is the place to come to cheat the system and succeed.

To be fair there has to be a reasonable solution for the millions of undocumented people in this country. If for no other reason than we need to know who they are, we need to find a way to get them into the legitimate system. There should be equity for the legal immigrants in the process though. Legal immigrants have taken the time and made the effort to do it right and should be ahead of undocumented immigrants in line for legal status. For those who just skirted the system and didnít do it the right way, they should be made to pay all of the fees and pass all of the tests required to legally immigrate to the U.S. as well as being given the lowest priority for processing. They need to be sent to the back of the line.

On top of that the undocumented immigrants who have been working in the U.S. need to pay back taxes and anyone who has employed them needs to pay them back wages to a minimum wage standard and pay all applicable taxes on those wages. Employers shouldnít get off the hook either. Employers who follow the rules should not be disadvantaged by those who donít. There needs to be equity for them as well. True equity means equality of the good and the bad for everyone involved.

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America - Under New Management

Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
The American Dream
The Election and Public Policy
Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?
What Does Trillions of Dollars in Debt to China Mean for Our Future?
Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Archives by Date

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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