I ran across a great article on Real Clear Politics that I wanted to share. The headline read “Is Illegal Immigration moral?” In the first few paragraphs Victor Davis Hanson broke down the normal arguments from both sides.
When I read the following paragraph I knew that victor understands the illegal immigration issue.
….is the catalyst the self-interested professional Latino lobby in politics and academia that sees a steady stream of impoverished Latin American nationals as a permanent victimized constituency, empowering and showcasing elite self-appointed spokesmen such as themselves?
As soon as I read this I started imagining the faces of many who claim to be the gifted spokesmen for the illegal immigrants. We seem to have many self-appointed leaders with nothing but self-promotion and power at heart within the community.
Victor’s main points where in the last half of his article he brought up four issues that I thought where good and I want to share them with you.
First, there is the larger effect on the sanctity of a legal system. If a guest ignores the law — and thereby often must keep breaking more laws — should citizens also have the right to similarly pick and choose which statutes they find worthy of honoring and which are too bothersome? Once it is deemed moral for the impoverished to cross a border without a passport, could not the same arguments of social justice be used for the poor of any status not to report earned income or even file a 1040 form?
If we ignore the word “illegal” in the phrase illegal immigration, and we allow them free entrance and access to all our nation has, then at the same time hold “We the People” to all our laws – this is wrong. My family doesn’t have a large household income. We pay the bill’s, that’s about it. Can I tell my employer that I can no longer afford to pay taxes – please pay me in cash? Does being an Illegal Immigrant in this nation gives you more rights and freedoms then being a legal US citizen?
Second, what is the effect of mass illegal immigration on impoverished U.S. citizens? Does anyone care? When 10 million to 15 million aliens are here illegally, where is the leverage for the American working poor to bargain with employers? If it is deemed ethical to grant in-state tuition discounts to illegal-immigrant students, is it equally ethical to charge three times as much for out-of-state, financially needy American students — whose federal government usually offers billions to subsidize state colleges and universities? If foreign nationals are afforded more entitlements, are there fewer for U.S. citizens?
When I first moved to Texas from Minnesota, I, like my older brothers, worked with wood. I used to love how we could take a piece of wood and turn it into something useful. It was fun. But when I first arrived in San Antonio I found out that I would have to work for minimum wage, and since I was here alone, I had to support myself. I could not do that and live without government help, so I moved on to find something that no one else wanted to do so that I could make a living.
Now that I am getting a little older (not that old), I have my home, a family, and my oldest daughter is getting ready for college. Once again I am shafted because I did the right thing and I will have to pay more for college because we are legal citizens. It does not pay to be a legal US citizen.
Third, consider the moral ramifications on legal immigration — the traditional great strength of the American nation. What are we to tell the legal immigrant from Oaxaca who got a green card at some cost and trouble, or who, once legally in the United States, went through the lengthy and expensive process of acquiring citizenship? Was he a dupe to dutifully follow our laws?
And given the current precedent, if a million soon-to-be-impoverished Greeks, 2 million fleeing North Koreans, or 5 million starving Somalis were to enter the United States illegally and en masse, could anyone object to their unlawful entry and residence? If so, on what legal, practical or moral grounds?
Tell all those in need to come here legally if they can, but if they cannot, they can come through our southern border, break our laws and live free with more benefits then they would have gotten by doing it the legal way.
Fourth, examine the morality of remittances. It is deemed noble to send billions of dollars back to families and friends struggling in Latin America. But how is such a considerable loss of income made up? Are American taxpayers supposed to step in to subsidize increased social services so that illegal immigrants can afford to send billions of dollars back across the border? What is the morality of that equation in times of recession? Shouldn’t illegal immigrants at least try to buy health insurance before sending cash back to Mexico?
People come here illegally, make cash under the table send most of the money back and live off “We the People.” It’s my understanding that what drives Mexico is US cash being sent back. They send their money back, then get sick and go to a tax payer funded hospital, get free health care and then we foot the bill. Now we have the government taking it a step further and taking over the health care industry which will eventually destroy it.
Illegal immigration is wrong no matter how you look at it, but some have a moral character too weak to stand up and say anything, so we allow it to happen and we allow those of the Muslim faith that want us all dead to come here through our southern border, and instead of stopping the threat of terrorism here, we molest the American public whenever they try to board an aircraft. Once again it does not pay to be a legal US citizen.
We need to secure our borders and enforce our laws if you want to fix these problems. It’s easy take away the incentive a majority of them are coming here for. Most do not come here to break our laws. They come here because the country of Mexico is corrupt and it’s holding their people back. Mexico is full of great people that work hard and love their families. All they want to do is live but their government is so corrupt they can’t pull themselves up, so they flee the nation they love.
So do you want to really stop illegal immigration? Mexico needs to get cleaned up. There is no reason with all their wonderful human and natural resources they have that they live like that. The Mexican people need to start cleaning house. “We the People” cannot do it for them.