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Sheltering Homeless Undocumented Immigrants: Left of Center View

Should we shoulder the responsibility of taking care of the homeless undocumented workers? Considering that we have enough trouble helping our own homeless citizens the obvious answer would have to be no. The problem here is that there is really no way to police the situation.

Homeless people in this country are already viewed by most of society as nameless, faceless burdens. Many of those who need help the most are the last to accept it. Major cities around the country attempt to assist those within their limits who have fallen on hard times, but the sheer magnitude of the problem makes it unmanageable. We have far more people living on the streets than we should. Of course, even one homeless citizen is one to many, but in mathematical terms the issue compounds itself as certain areas, because of the services they do offer, or simply because of their climate draw more then there share per capita of homeless. This means that some cities find themselves with a huge number of people living on the street, while others, especially those with brutal winters find their streets relatively clear. Since the federal government under one Republican president after another decided that charity was a community responsibility and not a bureaucratic one, many cities are forced to pay for their social services out of their own coffers.

There simply arenít enough resources to go around. Undocumented workers using up what little there is seems unfair and it is. The problem is that trying to fix this situation will do more harm than good. We already know there arenít enough resources. How then do we plan on paying for the extra policing to find the undocumented folks? There is also the larger problem of homelessness as a general life situation. Many of those afflicted by it have trouble procuring identification because they have no residence and they live in a highly volatile situation where all possessions can be taken from them at any moment. Add to all of this the necessity of having to prove your residency status and it all just seems a bit much. The goal of shelters and food banks is to help people, not judge or qualify them. If the government wants to rely on private charities to provided assistance to those in need then they have no right to dictate to whom or how that assistance is rendered.

Now there are some shelters that are run with federal assistance, but the majority of these are held together on a wing and a prayer and the extreme dedication of the people who operate them. These wonderful people sacrifice much to help so many that have so little. You canít legislate compassion; either people have it or they donít. We have laws in place that regulate undocumented workers in this country. Adding more legislation to include homeless undocumented workers seems like more of a way to persecute the homeless than to actually address an immigration issue. Just as the USA PATRIOT Act was really more Stalinist than patriotic so too is the notion that tighter control of the countries homeless will allow us to ease the stress of undocumented workers in this country. We have a lot of people in our society who just need a little help to get back on their feet to become contributors again. Many are reluctant to use the social services in place because of the rules and regulations already attached to them. It just seems a shame to make the problem worse by adding more.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Sheltering Homeless Undocumented Immigrants: Right of Center View

America has enough poor people without importing more. Iím not trying to sound mean or anything but we are in tough times right now and we need to take care of our own first. We have men, women and children born right here in the good old U.S. of A. who need help and Iíll be damned if I can think of a reason one of them should have to give up their bed for someone who should not be here in the first place. I donít care if they came from Mexico, China or Timbuktu they need to just head on back because weíve got enough problems of our own right now. Our poor, tired, huddled masses are homegrown at the moment. Check back in 2020 or so when we might have dug ourselves out of the hole Congress is digging for us right now.

One in ten people of working age in America is unemployed right now. That means that there is likely not one American soul living in this country who does not know somebody out of work who is hurting at this very moment. How can we even think about telling them that we would willingly give the help they need to some illegal alien that should never have been here in the first place? These are not some random faceless people in need. These are our friends and neighbors weíre talking about here. Some liberal, open-borders, Kumbaya jackasses want to tell us we should help law-breaking immigration cheats before we help the people we have known all our lives!?! I donít think so!

You can call me a bigot if you want but this is not about color, race or creed. This is about helping the people who are rightfully here before we even think about helping illegal immigrants. There are men and women who have fought wars for this country who are homeless on our streets. Before one illegal immigrant spends one night in a shelter we need to make sure every homeless vet is taken care of. There should not be homeless veterans in America and until weíve made sure they all find a place to call home we need to send the indigent illegals packing back across the border.

We have come to the point that there are no jobs that Americans wonít do anymore. People are so desperate for work that they will go out and pick lettuce if it will put food on the table. We need to round up and deport every illegal we can find so we can take care of the Americans in need with what few resources we have right now. ICE should be working round the clock to find and remove the illegals inside our borders. This isnít a game anymore. There are Americans who need every resource we have at our disposal.

Itís time to get serious about helping our own first and letting the people who want to come here know that we have no vacancies at the moment. Unemployment and poverty are real problems for actual Americans these days. We need to take care of them first and let the other countries deal with their own poor people. When things turn around maybe we can talk about inviting the poor and needy from other countries to come and find opportunity here but until we restore opportunity for Americans we need to tell the illegals to go back to their own countries. We have our own problems right now.

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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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