Tuesday, June 26, 2007
On Amnesty or Shamnesty or That Bill Everyone's Talking About
Here's my bitch with the Illegal Immigration Amnesty Bill currently before the Senate: It it fundamentally unfair and unlikely to actually solve the problem of illegal immigration.

First, citizenship in this country, the finest country in the world, is a treasure and a privilege and not the fucking prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box. And, for absofuckinglutely certain, it should not be granted because we are being held hostage. Granting preference to the immigrants who came here illegally by sneaking in on foot (or otherwise over our very porous borders) does a huge disservice to the people who have been waiting overseas to come to the US for years. Basically, the way I see it, this Amnesty forgives the people who don't respect our laws and punishes those that do. How the fuck is that right?!?

Moreover, if this Amnesty passes, all it does is encourage more illegal immigration. How, you ask? Simple. The Amnesty passed during the 1980's gave us another 12-15 million more illegal aliens. Do you think that passing another Amnesty isn't going to do the same? Of course it is! Another 12-30 million people will sneak in and wait 20-some odd years for the next fucking Amnesty. In the meantime, not only does this bill not deal with the problems, it seems to turn a blind eye to them.

There is no attempt to work harder on enforcement of the laws currently on the books. There are no real increased provisions for border security. And, there is no reason to believe that this bill makes us any safer as a nation. Basically, it is FUBAR. Worse, it is unfair, thoroughly un-American in its blatant disregard for the rule of law, and despite overwhelming public disapproval, The Senate doesn't fucking care.

The Senate doesn't seem to give a shit that over 70% (according to polls) of the public is against this Amnesty. Those sunzabitches are gonna pass it anyway. They know better than you or I (or their pockets are getting fat at our expense).

I won't discuss the bigger social issues and costs in terms of education, medical attention, and assimilation issues that are brought to bear by the unforeseen (by The Senate) consequences of another Amnesty. Instead, I'd like to bring up what I fear will be another ugly repercussion.

Here you have an overwhelming majority of Americans against an action. And, like it or not, this particular bill, while it will impact a large number of illegal immigrants across numerous ethnicities, is largely aimed at one particular group: Hispanics.

My fear is that because the action is so overwhelmingly opposed by Americans, that a new type of racism will rear its ugly head. Racism that will see people lashing out and seeking to undermine the rights of a group as retaliation. It won't be right. It will be very ugly indeed. This is my fear. That rather than doing a good thing, it will drive a wedge between society's haves and have-nots. I don't think this sort of thing is in the nation's best interests.

Moreover, I am largely concerned with the message we are sending when we don't make people earn citizenship. If you just hand it over, what is it worth? And then, there is this troubling aspect of people who are inclined to break one law being disinclined necessarily to follow all the others.

Just take this for example...Are you aware that it is apparently a culturally acceptable practice to drink and drive across the border to the South? Are you aware of how many DUI victims have died because of some illegal aliens' predilictions to turn their cars into deadly weapons because they can't so "no" to the cerveza and tequila? Absolutely, not all illegal immigrants are DUI's waiting to happen. But, certainly there are other concerns as well. There are gangs of violent latino males in some Southwestern towns and cities running rampant and causing trouble. Do we really need this sort of borrowed trouble? I don't think so.

I don't care who you are or where you come from. If you want to be a citizen of the United States you ought to damn well be willing to work for it. And, if you want to be here, show some fucking respect for the law of the land and the other citizens of this country. That, really, is not too much to ask.


posted by Phoenix | 10:42 AM


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