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Amnesty and Elections: Left of Center View

It seems a shame to me that only at election time do we take the time to address the issue of a segment of our population left mired in poverty and without basic rights because of the circumstance of their birth. While the politicians make political hay about their future these human beings are left waiting for someone to champion their cause.

The question of amnesty should be a simple one. Are they doing any real harm by being here? If not why are we so determined to vilify them? Let them stay, let them participate in the process and let them do what many Americans are too lazy to do which is vote. Most undocumented workers are hard working people simply looking for a chance at a better life than their homeland could offer.

While the fear mongering rhetoric turns to lost jobs and enemies at the gates there are real people working hard, paying taxes and just trying to make a better life for their families. These people are not statistics or hypothetical situations. They are living breathing human beings that deserve at least the respect of being referred to as people instead of calling them things like “illegal aliens” or “illegals”. The only thing they have ever done wrong is being born into a poor family and not being satisfied with that.

Our politicians know that if they referred to them as the “people coming into the United States without documentation” they would be humanizing them. So they use words like “illegal” which evoke thoughts of criminals who threaten us which makes them less people and more things to fear. They use the word “amnesty” to describe the plans to naturalize people that have lived and worked here for years because they want people to think that these people born outside the U.S. are all bad and lawbreakers.

The real truth is that the biggest threat Americans face is from American politicians getting billions of dollars thrown at them by the wealthy elite who love to have undocumented workers here. They make a pile of money by exploiting them. They don’t see them as a threat. They see them as cheap labor. The only threat to them posed by these “illegals” is if they got legal status and started demanding honest pay for their work.

So remember when you are watching the debates and campaign ads to think about what threat these people really pose and who they pose it to. Do you honestly think that their having the ability to demand an honest wage would drive wages down? I don’t think so. If anything the opposite would be the case. Employers would no longer be able to get away with paying people five dollars a day to pick fruit or pay them in fruit with no money being paid to them. The truth of the matter is that the so-called “amnesty” they talk about is really only a threat to their donors’ profit margins.


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Setting Standards for Legal Immigration
Diplomacy And Immigration
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Cultural Migration
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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




Amnesty and Elections: Right of Center View

Yee Haw! It’s time for a good old fashioned voter roundup. Have you noticed that every time we have a big election coming there is a new bunch of folks arguing about about granting amnesty to illegal aliens? You gotta love it! Whichever party gets the most support for their side wins the voter roundup. If the Democrats win there are a bunch of new voters ready to vote for them in gratitude. If the Republicans win they gain all the votes of the people mad at the Democrats for trying to give the illegals the vote and there are no new voters to make up the difference for the Democrats. So who really wins in the voter roundup?

Well, if you own a business and are tired of the unions busting your back, you win if the “guest worker” programs beat out the amnesty proposals. All those new “guest workers” are going to work on the cheap allowing you to let go of that expensive staff you’ve had to hire because of the Democrats and their wage fixing laws cutting into your profits. You might even bust the whole darn union in the process. (When was the last time you heard air traffic controllers talking about going out on strike? Reagan knew how to handle the unions.) If you are a union boss you win (for a little while anyway) if the amnesty folks get their way because then all the new legal workers will have to follow the same rules as the people who can’t work if they don’t join your union.

If you’re John Q. Public you just don’t win. You are the deer in the headlights and the immigration big rig is barreling down on you. Your job will either get outsourced to another country or given to the new “guest worker” more than likely as your employer looks for bigger profits. Your best bet is to make sure to vote the amnesty and guest worker folks out of office. At least while the people are still illegally here, they have to keep Americans in the jobs or get busted for hiring illegals.

The amnesty debate is mostly just a bunch of hot air meant to win elections. Our borders aren’t keeping anyone out and there will always be unscrupulous people that will hire illegal aliens to save a buck. The debate is all about money and power and who is going to control all that money that you and I never see but work hard to make. There is no easy solution to immigration and the interests of the American workers will always take a back seat to the interests of the politicians. So while they blow a bunch of smoke up our butts about the threats and the benefits of amnesty remember that they won’t likely ever lose their job to an illegal immigrant then ask yourself who they are really looking out for.

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Diplomacy and Immigration
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Cultural Migration
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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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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