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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

My Opening Statement

I will go ahead and give an opening statement now. I believe that the issue of illegal immigration is the most important policy issue in the United States today. Numerous public opinion polls verify this. For far to long our government policy makers have given a wink and a nod to all the illegal activity happening surrounding this issue and people are just fed up. We were told back in 1986 when the last amnesty was handed out that once this happened there would be strong enforcement measures acted upon. We were lied to. Nothing has really happened on the enforcement front for the last twenty years. There's been lots of lip service, but little action. How on God's green Earth are we supposed to believe anything the open border crowd tells us. If we give amnesty to the 20 million or so illegal immigrants here currently(according to a Bear Stearns report) or the 9 million figure by the Census Bureau, it will absolutely send the wrong signal to people wanting to come here that America doesn't care about its own citizens. A Heritage Foundation study on family reunification ramifications state that if amnesty is given out and all extended members of newly minted citizens are allowed to bring these extended family members into the country ahead of people already waiting in line, this number will reach 200 million people from Latin American countries in the next twenty years. How anyone can reasonably claim that this is a good idea for this country is beyond my comprehension, but that's why we're having this debate.

I think most people will agree that we live in the greatest nation in the world. There are roughly 6.5 billion people living on this Earth. Americans are one of the most giving people in the world. However it is not our responsibility to take care of these six billion people. A lot of them would like to emigrate here legally, but we have limits on how many people we can reasonably assimilate at one time. A study that came out last year in Mexico stated that roughly half the citizens of Mexico would like to come to the United States. We cannot let this happen becuase our social services are already strained to capacity. Does that make people like myself racist or bigoted to feel this way? Of course it doesn't. All those of us on this side of the issue are asking for is that the laws be enforced, nothing more, nothing less. We don't need any new laws passed. Just enforce the ones currently on the books. When Rome is burning, you don't add more fuel to the fire. If you doubt that Rome is burning, all you have to do is go to any ER or school in a lot of poor California neighborhoods...not to mention the congested highways/streets. So those are some of my thoughts on this issue to run with.

10 Comments:

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    One of the arguments I hear is that undocumented (thank you Luis) workers are taking jobs away from Americans.

    I'll believe that is true when I see kids from Irvine HS or Woodbridge HS standing in line to get jobs picking strawberries.

    Allan. Please keep me in the loop when that happens.

     
  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Allan Bartlett said…

    Thanks for your comment Fred. Who do think was doing all "these jobs Americans won't do" before the invasion happened? Who is doing all these jobs in places like the Midwest that haven't been affected like California has? Don't worry I'll answer that one for you. Americans believe it or not Fred are working at car washes, fast food places, construction, agriculture, etc. Your argument is weak Fred. Try again

     
  • At 8:55 AM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    Allan. Once upon a time that might have been true. But like everything else, things change.

    I thought this article typifies the American thought process towards unskilled labor.

    The Jobs Americans Won't Do

    Excerpt:

    One employer told me that, when she hired the native-born, she got a barrage of questions: “How much does this job pay? What are the benefits? How much vacation time do I get?” But when she hired immigrants, some of whom may have been illegal, she got only one question: “How much work can you give me?” Now, which one would you rather have working for you?

    Not a weak argument at all.

     
  • At 9:09 AM, Blogger Allan Bartlett said…

    Which one Fred is an upstanding citizen and which one broke the law to come here? Which one uses the ER for a sniffle and which one usually just goes to the local walk-in clinic?

    I'm really starting to like this debate thing.

     
  • At 10:27 AM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    Allan,

    You see things in a "who broke the law" perspective.

    I see it differently. I see people who have been invited by a person standing at the border with a HUGE sign that says, "HELP WANTED."

    And that person with the sign is standing there because no one on this side of the border responded when they held up the "HELP WANTED" sign on this side of the border.

    As Luis stated, it is a supply - demand equation. The supply isn't here amongst Americans, so those with the demand are going elsewhere.

    Being businesspeople interested in the bottom line they are not concerned with the societal costs. Their only concern is the bottom line. As a person who works in the finance industry I am surprised this doesn't occur to you.

     
  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger Allan Bartlett said…

    It's nice to know business ethics are not a part of your thought process Fred, let alone what's in the best interest of the country.

     
  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    Allan.

    I'm only stating the obvious. They're not my business ethics. You need to talk about ethics with the people standing at the border advertising for hired help.

     
  • At 5:24 PM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    And Allan.

    Want to take a guess on which party the offending business people belong? I bet it isn't the donkey party.

     
  • At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Lee Lemke said…

    It's nice to know that Fred doesn't care about laws being obeyed. Fred doesn't believe illegals are taking jobs away from Americans. Go to any McDonalds in SoCal. Hear any English spoken behind the counter and in many cases at the counter? I don't know how many times I've tried to order something and had to repeat the order several times before the marginal English person got it. Many of those people are either illegals or the kids of illegals. Supply & Demand huh! Yes, they will work for less & ask less questions. The reason is that they are more desperate. Without the illegals being here the employer would have to hire Americans, pay higher wages & answer the questions. Then white & black people would once again be working at McDonalds like it used to be. If you go to Minn. & Wisconsin you still see that. SUPPLY & DEMAND.

     
  • At 9:37 PM, Anonymous fred ryan said…

    It's nice to know that Fred doesn't care about laws being obeyed.
    Lee. Do you make goof ball statements accidentally or on pupose?

    Could you tell me where I stated that I condone breaking the law?

    You claim to be person committed to logic and organization. I sure you hope you don't design anything important like an airplane or a spaceship. Heck, even a bridge or a road for that matter.

     

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