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Charity For Undocumented Immigrants: Left of Center View

Somebody once said that every society is judged by how it treats its least fortunate amongst them. This should be the standard for charity in any season. We in America have much to be thankful for and regardless of where someone in need is from originally if we see their need and fail to act we are the lesser for it. The question of legitimacy of residency should not even factor into charitable giving to people in need.

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving in America we should take a moment to stop and think about the people living among us that need help to even get the basic necessities of living such as food and shelter. For those of us with jobs, homes, food and clothing life has been relatively good. We have the things we need to take part in the American dream. We donít have to wonder about where our next meal is coming from or if we will have a roof over our heads tonight. Many among us donít have that security. It shouldnít matter whether the person without food or shelter was born in America. All that should matter is that they need our help.

Itís very easy for those who have never known real poverty to harshly judge others who come here to find a better life. They question the motivations of people so desperately in need that they would do anything to make a better life for their family in part because they have never known the desperation of living in true poverty. The saddest thing in that is many of the people so disdainful towards immigrants are quite giving to people they feel are in America legitimately. So what gives rise to this seeming double standard for charity? Are we such isolationists that we canít recognize the humanity of people in need?

I canít judge who is deserving of help by where they were born. People in need are in need regardless of where they came from. If we cannot be charitable towards people that need help because of where they came from then we have lost some of Americaís humanity. We have sent soldiers to war to fight for the oppressed in other countries. How can we justify not helping people living right here regardless of where they might have come from?


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Charity For Undocumented Immigrants: Right of Center View

Charity begins at home. In this country there are literally millions of Americans in need. The problem with offering charity to the people coming to America illegally is that it takes away from the American citizens who need help. We have homeless veterans that should be taken care of long before we even discuss helping poor illegal aliens. While we can feel bad for the illegal immigrants in need we need to understand that they are taking help away from Americans in need.

I want to make it clear that Iím not insensitive to the plight of people in need regardless of where they are from. I simply think that we need to look out for our own first. We Americans have to be able to depend on each other when our backs are against the wall. We have a shared history of struggle, loss and triumph to achieve the society we have built in America. The republic is strong because we have worked for the good of our fellow Americans to make it so. If we allow ourselves to be diverted from caring for our fellow Americans we lose some of the strength we have gained by sticking together in the past.

When you have limited resources you have to make hard choices. When the choice becomes about whether to help an American in need or an illegal immigrant in need the choice seems clear. We must help our own people first. If you have to choose between feeding an American child or a child in another country you should feed the American child first. Itís not cruelty to suggest that we need to take care of our own first. You would not starve your family to feed your neighbors and the same should hold true for charity.

We are in hard economic times and it will be some time before things get better. There are more Americans in need now than in any time in recent memory. We need to make sure we are stepping up our efforts to help our own. If there is anything left over then we can discuss helping the illegal immigrants in need but until we have helped all the Americans that need help we should not even discuss giving aid to those who should not even be here in the first place.

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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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