Immigration: The foundation of our nation....or it's demise?By Randy Lowe (DesertPirate) on July 16, 2010
|Clearly, immigrants built what we know as the the United States of America. So why is the country in such an uproar about a few million immigrants who skipped the legal process? Is it racism? Is it protectionism? Or is it the rule of law? Whatever the reason, it has cities boycotting states, the Federal Government promising to sue a state, and families torn apart by deportation and death at the hands of criminals. It is a multi-faceted issue with victims and villains on all sides. Let's look at each of its many faces.|
On July 29, 2010 a new law is set to go into effect in Arizona making it against State law to be in the country illegally. On June 21, 2010 the voters of Fremont Nebraska passed a referendum banning hiring or renting to illegal immigrants. Hazelton Pennsylvania passed an ordinance in 2006 to fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny permits to businesses hiring them. Farmers Branch, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, has tried for years to enforce a ban on renting to illegal immigrants. Federal judges have struck down the Pennsylvania and Texas laws, but they are both being appealed.
Are these laws a sign of a pervasive racism across America? Some people certainly think so. Or are they a sign of frustration by citizens and local governments across the nation over the Federal Government's refusal to enforce laws that they claim they are the only ones who can enforce?
Thirty five years ago Pricilliano entered the United States illegally from Mexico. He lived in the shadows and worked as a laborer and landscape professional in Southern California, sending a portion of his paycheck back to his family in Mexico. In 1986 the Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed and it led to Pricilliano being able to gain citizenship. After gaining citizenship, he slowly cut ties with his family in Mexico. He quit sending money for support and quit communicating with anyone other than his son. His life in the shadows being familiar to him, he never assimilated into 'main-stream' America. He doesn't speak English, drive a car, shop in traditional American stores or associate himself with average Americans.
In 2004 his son, Carlos, illegally came to America and took up residence with his father in San Diego. Carlos is a hard-working ambitious young man who simply wants a better life for himself. He, unlike his father, is learning English and wants to assimilate into the American culture.
John lives in Texas. He's twenty-two years old and 'under' employed. He had a job working for a landscape contractor. He was making eleven dollars an hour and learning a trade that he could support himself with. His employer would occasionally send him home for the day due to lack of work. John accepted the 'economic downturn' excuse his employer gave him until one day when he saw the work he had been doing, being done by someone he knew to be an illegal immigrant. He found out that this man was being paid seven dollars an hour for his work and John soon found himself out of a job. John now works in the restaurant business as a chef's apprentice. He is surrounded by non-English speaking people who would like nothing other than to take his job for less money.
Pascal works for a chicken rancher in Arkansas. He came to America in the back of a box van across the border near Brownsville, Texas. He worked for two years to pay the 'coyote' the fee for bringing him across. He'll pay a percentage of his income for two more years in order to keep his family safe. His co-workers all do the same.
Marvin is a chicken rancher in Mississippi. His employees are all legal and he pays them the prevailing wage for the region. Marvin is having more and more difficulty making a living on his farm as he is competing with others who don't obey the laws by hiring and exploiting illegal immigrants. The corporation Marvin raises chickens for continually cuts the amount they pay for each chicken and he is being forced to live with less or face the possibility of going out of business. Going out of business would mean personal bankruptcy and loss of everything including his land as it is tied up in the mortgage on his chicken operation.
Ella sits in her chair in the living room of her Texas ranch house that she used to share with her husband Coyt. Coyt's chair sits empty. He was murdered in his barn two weeks ago by Ahmed, an illegal immigrant from Yemen. Ahmed travelled to Bolivia, spent a year learning Spanish and began his trek up through Brazil into Central America on his way to Mexico where he learned the culture, was able to pass himself off as Mexican and finally travelled through Mexico to cross the border near Ruidosa. Rather than face deportation and an American courtroom, Ahmed shot Coyt when he was discovered in the barn stealing eggs.
Raul drives a Chevy box van across the Arizona desert with 17 passengers in the back. When he arrives at the house where his cargo will live for the next few weeks, he opens the van to discover that all but three have died of exposure and lack of water. They are buried in a mass grave in the desert. Raul is reprimanded for losing the 'cargo', and sent back to get another "load".
The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, recently stated in an interview that the prime objective her department was to catch "criminal" immigrants crossing into America. She cited several instances where money has been spent to do exactly that. She also stated that the border is "MUCH MORE SECURE" now than it's been in the past. Try telling that to the widow of Robert Krentz. Napolitano tried to draw a distinction between sealing the border and securing the border, saying that there is no way to seal the border. She continued the mantra of "Comprehensive" immigration reform as the only way to curtail the flow of illegal immigrants into the country. She never explained how that would work. She dodged the questions regarding border crossers with ties to countries known to be sponsors of terrorism. And she refused to answer the question twice when asked directly does the Arizona law, SB 1070, racially profile?
It's clear from the narrative above that there are villains and victims on both sides of this issue. It's equally clear, to me, that if the Federal Government would use the power it possesses and the same kind of fervor it's dedicating to attack Arizona, they'd be able to secure the border, and have a lot more support for completing a more broad based reform of the immigration laws in this country.
(The "incidents" in the narrative are fictionalized. Names and locations have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved. However they all are real incidents that have happened in America)
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|Randy was born in Texas, raised in Mississippi and spent a little over 30 years in Arizona. A product of the public school system when the beginning of the school day consisted of "The Pledge of Allegiance", morning prayer and once a week was "Favorite Bible Verse Day". Married, father to one son, dad to three, grandpa to two girls and two boys. Randy was raised by a Christian mom and a 'political junkie' dad. Dad's most hated president was Franklin D. Roosevelt. |
"My dad instilled in me a love of this country and a disdain for anyone or anything that went against the constitution. He was the first Vietnam War protester I ever knew, though not for the same reasons as the typical "hippie" protesters of the 60s. His belief was that it was a political war, meant to feed the voracious appetite of the Military Industrial Complex. (he was a big fan of Dwight Eisenhower)"
Randy ran and was elected to local political office three times in Arizona, serving as city council member in Jerome and Cottonwood Arizona and Vice Mayor of Cottonwood.
After living and working in North San Diego County California for two and a half years, Randy moved back to his home in Arizona and now uses his political motivations to write and speak to his acquaintances about the state of the government in America.
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