Monday, April 30, 2007

"The Great American Boycott"

"Immigrant rights". I am sick and exhausted of those who seek to undermine United States sovereignty. And I'm someone who has not taken a hardline on this debate. I believe in seeking practical, compassionate solutions, and not the emotional angry-as-hell-conservative non-solution that rants how we should round-up and kick out 12 million illegals to the proverbial curb. That is not a solution. It is a pipe-dream.

LA is bracing itself for a boycott of schools, work, and consumer activities tomorrow, even though the numbers are predicted to be less than that of last year (of course, last year, they did not anticipate the demonstrations to draw as many marchers as it did). 650,000 are said to have participated in LA marches last year, with about 72,000 of them being students.

One of the things that pisses me off, is the fact that many of these students are legal, natural born citizens of illegal immigrants. Anchor babies. They do irreparable harm to our country, with their divided loyalties between parents and ethnic heritage and recognition to the fact that their parents should never have been here.

I have compassion for many illegal aliens, who want nothing more than to make an honest living in a country such as we live in. But they need to recognize that we are a nation of laws; and what they do, undermines our country.

America needs control of her borders; we cannot take in, all at once, an endless stream of foreigners who wish to become American citizens, simply because they demand it. Those who wish to legally immigrate here should adopt American culture and customs and identity. They should be willing to assimilate. To not do so undermines America. So many people confuse America's idea of a "melting pot" and "a nation of immigrants" with the harmful notions of "diversity" and "multiculturalism", which disregards "e pluribus unum": "out of many, one". Instead of one people and one nation, what we end up with is a series of mini nations within a nation. It creates problems for the U.S., and it creates problems for illegals, by the very nature of the fact that they are here, illegally. So when they complain about such things as the heartstring tugs in this LA Times piece:
Andrea Perez, a 48-year-old housekeeper from Mexico, said many workers today are paid less than minimum wage and routinely abused. One friend, she said, had coffee thrown in her face by an employer who disliked the way it was made.

I hear violins playing in the background when I read this kind of nonsense, and think, "HELLO?! They would not have created the problems they face if they weren't here illegally to begin with."
"I just want people to recognize immigrants as humans," Perez said.
And I just want the LA Times to recognize the difference between legal and illegal immigrants!

I'm for sensible immigration reform; but I am opposed to illegal immigrants swarming into MY country, and dictating what my country should and should not do, on their behalf. As non-citizens, they should not have political influence; they should not be allowed to vote, influencing policies that benefit them, and that dissolves our national identity.

The path to American citizenship should begin with respecting our borders and our established laws. It should end with desire to be a part of America; not apart from it. This means learn the language and the traditional, established culture and customs of the United States; think of yourself as American first, and whatever your ethnic/national heritage last.

I love the beauty of most cultures; but not all cultures are created equal- by that, I mean, multi-cultures should not replace American culture, whose traditions and system of values has created the very means for which all other cultures and customs are accepted into the fold. We need to preserve the essence of who we are as one people; the bond of language, borders, and culture; and from that, we can then freely add on the adornments of our respective, varied ethnic heritages.



Cross-posted at Flopping Aces

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11 Comments:

Anonymous The Dude said...

Ditto......

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:26:00 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

great overview however I am hard line on this one Word and do believe in mass deportation..sorry..our country's existence depends on it!...great read as always!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Well put.

As I see it, the real problem comes from the demand side. ICE would need to be more heavily funded on the enforcement end in order to staff the effort to weed out those who employ criminal aliens, and once caught these employers need to be harshly penalized, anywhere from 5 year prison sentences to fines that would put the smaller employers out of business altogether and cost the larger ones exponentially more than the money they have saved by hiring illegals. No more slaps on the wrist. All taxpayer funded social services also need to be made unavailable to these people.

The resulting lack of income opportunities or comped living would render America considerably less appealing to prospective criminal aliens.

I don't expect to see this happen, though, as these days there's no way to get the "PC" out of "Politician".

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Well put.

As I see it, the real problem comes from the demand side. ICE would need to be more heavily funded on the enforcement end in order to staff the effort to weed out those who employ criminal aliens, and once caught these employers need to be harshly penalized, anywhere from 5 year prison sentences to fines that would put the smaller employers out of business altogether and cost the larger ones exponentially more than the money they have saved by hiring illegals. No more slaps on the wrist. All taxpayer funded social services also need to be made unavailable to these people.

The resulting lack of income opportunities or comped living would render America considerably less appealing to prospective criminal aliens.

I don't expect to see this happen, though, as these days there's no way to get the "PC" out of "Politician".

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Ooops! My apologies for the dupe entry.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:25:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

The last three workdays I have had to deal one on one with almost 100% Latin-American immigrants. Whether they are legal or illegal, I don't know, because I don't ask. But the problem I am having is this: I cannot communicate with them as nearly every one of them has no knowledge whatsoever of the English language.

How do people even procure employment without comprehending or speaking the prevalent language?

I don't have a problem with legal immigrants. They are generally very fine upstanding responsible members of our communtities Good decent people. But I think it should be a prerequisite of citizenship that they have to learn the language. What better way to ascertain which immigrants are legal and which ones are not?

If they can't speak or understand English, they must be illegal. Maybe that's too simple a concept for politicians to understand.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:53:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

As you said, Wordsmith, mass deportation will never happen. It's too impractical. I echo your sentiments here. I don't see how they can come here and expect to change our culture to theirs. Furthermore, if their culture is so great why did they leave it in the first place? They have no place in this country if they can not become true and loyal citizens of America like all the immigrants before them. It's totally infuriating!

I know many Mexican families. You can't really live in Texas without knowing them, but the one's I know are legal citizens and speak excellent English, and are as angry about this as you and I are. After all, they followed the rules!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

dude,

Ditto right back at'cha!

angel,

If it were logistically and realistically possible, I might be all for that. But aside from the fact that mass deportation is "not in the books", we also have ourselves to blame for coming to a point where you have..say, 3rd generation Americans whose grandparents are illegals; and those who have been law-abiding and productive for 30 years or so. In a sense, "we broke it, we own it". I don't think "one size fits all" is a compassionate solution. We have people fighting (and dying) in Iraq and Afghanistan who have familial ties to illegal immigrants, or are non-citizens themselves. Some 37,000 of them. These kind of things should be taken into account, as well as those illegals who are involved in criminal activity.

When problems like this aren't nipped in the bud, we create a lot of additional problems and complexities. Ultimately, those who came here illegally are responsible for having broken the law in the first place. But in dealing with those who have taken root for generations and have children and grandchildren here, we should show some compassion in how we choose to "punish" their trespasses.

seth,

Absolutely punish those who create the incentives for illegals to come here. You can't successfully mop up the mess if you don't bother turning off the faucet. How much money leaves the country each year? I forget the numbers. And I also don't buy my beloved President's refrain about "illegals taking jobs that Americans won't do".

mark,

One of the things that drives me nuts is getting an answering service that says "press 1 for English, press 2 for Spanish..."

I understand the practicality and free market principal of accomodation when you have a vast amount of customers and clientele who are Spanish-speaking, to conduct business with. But, wtf? In the name of multiculturalism and equality, I do not want to see another 3 or 10 languages added to that answering service. Voting ballots should be printed in English. If you can't read or write in English, you shouldn't be voting. Acquirement of English as a language should be a requirement for citizenship status.

If I go to Koreatown I understand and accept seeing signs in Korean. When I go to Little Tokyo, I expect Japanese Kanji; when I see a Persian restaurant, or community, I accept that there will be writing in Farsi. I like it. It's quaint. It's cultural enrichment. But I don't want to see Spanish EVERYWHERE I go in Los Angeles, as if I were living in Mexifornia. Adopt English and adapt to the native traditions and customs; and then from it, add what is specifically your own, unique cultural heritage. Just don't supplant it. Don't replace it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

gayle,

It is disheartening that so many American citizens of Mexican descent seem to be aligning with illegal Mexican immigrants. Like you said, the legal ones should be pissed! After all, they waited in line and went through the hard work to earned citizenship. Their loyalties should lie with Americans above any feelings of kinship and loyalty to those who share one's ethnic and national background.

Also, good point on if their country was so great in the first place, why come here? That is one reason why I believe in the need for assimilation. If you don't want to adopt the customs and traditions of America, don't bother to apply for anything other than a green card. Citizenship should mean you seek to be assimilated. That you seek to become American.

In many cases, I no longer identify myself as a hyphenated American. Just American.

I'm tired of the ingrates who bash America and call us oppressive and racist. I think in some cases, it's the generation that is born here that is most unappreciative and critical.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

Discussing this with my hubby is opening up quite a can of worms - he and his parents came here LEGALLY after escaping the Soviet Union in the seventies.

My husband still speaks fluent Russian, but he identifies himself as AMERICAN, not Russian-American. And our dinner menus carry pierogis, pizza, and fajitas.

Because that is part of being American. One of the best parts, I think.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Oddly enough they did not acquire the "masses" they thought they'd attract.

Imagine.

BZ

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 3:49:00 PM  

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