Translating the Immigration Debate

A new level of provocation came to the immigration fight last week when Democratic members of Congress paraded a quartet of undocumented immigrants on the Capitol grounds and used them as a backdrop to taunt the Republicans.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York, speaking Spanish to the cameras, counseled Latinos not to vote Republican. “As long as Republican candidates cling to radical anti-immigrant ideology they will lose another generation of Hispanic voters,” she said in English.

Rep. Ruben Hinojosa of Texas accused Republicans of “a slap in the face.” Rep. Silvestre Reyes, another Texan, accused likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of being a “basher” of immigrants’ hopes.

Though they stood just steps from the Capitol, they made no pretense that their appearance was anything but campaigning. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, the first speaker, took just 12 seconds to confess that he expects no legislative action this year on the DREAM Act, which would allow the foreign-born children of illegal immigrants (like those standing with the lawmakers) to earn citizenship by going to college or serving in the military. “The opposition toward immigration and opposition toward immigration reform runs too deep with the Republicans,” Gutierrez announced.

Where Democrats begin to make mistakes is comparing the illegal immigration debate to specific situations. We cannot always consider Roberto, the gardner or Maria, the maid when making a political argument. Yes, individual application of laws are important and human rights and dignity should be preserved, but what about the human rights and dignity of those that are killed, injured, or affected by the violence of illegal immigrants? The debate needs to come down to the collective good and the benefit of the majority. What is more costly: allowing all illegal immigration to continue or to stop illegal immigration all together? Personally, PinkPundit agrees with the latter. Maybe, if the democrats continue to destroy the American infrastructure then we will no longer have the ommigration problem. They might not be sooo crazy after all, I suppose.

The Republicans are not all out of the woods either. They continue to chide Romney and ask him to soften his immigration policies. Meanwhile, they deride Marco Rubio for sending out his “olive branch” (his proposal to allow the foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States to stay here legally). Get it together Republicans.

Illegal immigration is costly for the nation as a whole and for local firms. An example would be the citrus farms of Baldwin County Alabama that no longer exist because of the influx of illegal immigrants about ten to fifteen years ago. Illegal immigration wiped out a whole industry in my area; I can’t wait for the global warming loons to tell me that this is all related to climate change.

So, what’s your opinion on illegal immigration? Should we take a hard line stand and stop it and deport all illegals? Should we just continue to allow this phenomenon to occur willy nilly or should we take a stance somewhere in the middle, like stopping illegal immigration, but allowing those already here to remain in the United States? YOu can probably guess where PinkPundit stands on this controversial issue!

Ciao,

PinkPundit

information on illegal immigration from www.news.investors.com

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3 thoughts on “Translating the Immigration Debate

  1. Dear Pink Pundit:

    Bravo! The key, isn’t it, is that we are talking about “illegal” immigrants. As I recall my civics classes, the job of the executive branch is to stop all that is “illegal”. If the legislature wants to make “legal” what is “illegal,” then that is the proper route. It is a sign of extreme political corruption for anyone in government to condone “illegal” anything . . .

    • Mr. Libertarian,

      Exactly, the executive is SUPPOSED to carry out the laws of the land. We have methods for coming to our country legally and those should be used. Breaching of these legal ways, undermines the security of our country!

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