Thursday, March 30, 2006

Whose Side Are You On.

I am very pro-immigration.

At a time when America's unemployment rate is 4.8%, stocks are rising, even consumer confidence is rising, and businesses in the US are having an extremely hard time getting skilled IT workers and unskilled laborers, to the point that many are having to leave the country, seeing Lou Dobbs come on TV and complain about too many immigrants and the "exporting of America" at the same time is laughable.

But how can anyone of any integrity tell the law abiding legal immigrants to the US that all their hard work, loyalty to the nation and dedication to doing things the honest way can be trumped by hopping the boarder and telling everyone that they own the place and that everyone else should get out?

I don't know what is more funny (in a fork in the brain kind of way), the fact that they are giving everyone a horrible impression of immigrants and confirming people's fears about them as a threat or the fact that they are making Mexicans look unemployable. Just like the recent protests in France, having large numbers of angry people running around making crazy claims of entitlement is not something that will attract a lot of businesses to an area or make people want to hire from your community. Once again the lowest common denominator gets to set the impression for the whole group. Where would they be without the media to edit and sanitize their rhetoric for them.


At Sat. Apr. 01, 05:41:00 p.m. 2006, Blogger Robert said...

I too marched with Mexica. My banner read:

“White people of North America, now that you’ve created the wealthiest civilization in human history, built major cities, cultivated acres of farm land, paved roads from coast to coast and all points in between…GET OUT!!!”

At Sun. Apr. 02, 01:58:00 a.m. 2006, Blogger Apesnake said...

I hope you had someone help you carry that. You could walk around the block and carry the front and the back of the banner.

I would have carried a sign saying

"The Mound Builders were here first. (Tough luck Mexicans.)"

But they might not have let me march after that.

At Sun. Apr. 02, 02:30:00 p.m. 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't the legal ones that are a problem. It's the illegal ones. What do you think of the guest worker idea?

At Sun. Apr. 02, 05:54:00 p.m. 2006, Blogger Apesnake said...

"It isn't the legal ones that are a problem. It's the illegal ones."

I agree, for the most part. I would suspect that most of the "La Raza" types are those who have jumped the queue. Though you can never underestimate the lowest mentality of any group.

Immigration is a complex issue. Speaking as a Canadian my opinion is somewhat irrelevant but since I have been asked...

I think the guest worker program could be a good thing if it is done right. I would be disappointed if it became like the German guest worker program where, as I understand it, 3rd generation immigrants are still not citizens this may have changed lately but that was the way it was for some time during the post war twentieth century. From what I have heard, there are actually a fair number of Mexicans crossing the US boarder, both legally and illegally, for temporary stays; to earn some money and return to Mexico. I have heard that the banking and credit system is still kind of poor which encourages temporary migration for those who would not otherwise want to leave Mexico permanently so a guest worker system might be helpful. Using the quest worker program honestly should be considered a positive qualification towards anyone applying for citizenship.


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