My thoughts on life as I slowly navigate my way through the process of living.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
to Republicans discuss immigration reform makes my brain hurt. Mexicans
bring drugs, prostitution, and torture by coming across the border?!
REALLY?! People DO NOT flee their countries through dangerous, possibly
deadly conditions just to pop across the border for vacation. They go
because they would rather RISK DEATH than continue to live under the
conditions they are in. I think it's important for people to remember
that unless you are 100% Native American, *our* ancestors all came to
the United States by - wait for it - leaving some sort of oppressive
conditions in their country of birth! Whether it was unjust taxation,
unemployment, or ravages of war....we ALL came from immigrants! We are a
nation FOUNDED by immigrants.
So the real question is: what
type of people get on the boat (so to speak) then pull up the remaining
entryways, shove off shore, & wave back saying "too bad for you -
suckers!" Certainly not the type of people I want to associate with.
I'm 3rd/4th generation American depending on which family member you
look at. My ancestors left Hungary & Germany to make a better life
for their children because the conditions they were living in were
unfavourable. Their journey was not much different than immigrants of today...family was separated & people were left behind, & those who came here struggled to build a new life. I'm proud of my heritage & don't forget for a *second*
that if the types of immigration "reform" being discussed today was on
the table last century, I would probably be a peasant farmer instead of a
We live in a country with more abundance than
virtually ALL of the rest of the countries in the world yet we are
instituting some of the most penalizing policies for citizens & non
citizens alike. We, as a nation, supposedly fight against global tyranny
& yet we are perpetrators ourselves. Take a look back through
*your* heritage & think about where you would be if *your* ancestor
didn't emigrate here. And shame on anyone who would deny that right to
Immigrants are not a danger to "our way of life". In the United States, immigration IS the way of life! The danger comes in locking down borders & refusing to give aide to those who need it. Do you know what other countries did that? Let's see....North Korea, communist Russia, & myriad other oppressive regimes. That's the road we're headed on as we slowly & systematically strip away the rights of citizens (women's rights infringements anyone? punitive social welfare policies?) & lock down our borders.
We may be on the verge of the first generation where people LEAVE the United States to find a better life.