Posted by: suekenney | January 4, 2012

Thoughts on Immigration

I am not normally a radical person.  I tend to be very conservative, even stodgy.  But I am now thoroughly fed up with a lot that I’m hearing and reading, and I’m going to go out on a radical limb.

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It’s this immigration question.  Most conservative pundits that I’ve heard declare that immigration should be severely limited, and that illegal immigrants should be kept out of the country, and deported when they do come in.  I’ve read about calls for more fencing and patrols along our borders (especially the southern ones).  Many of my fellow conservatives are aghast at illegal immigrants being given free food stamps, housing, medical care, schooling – even free college.

These illegal immigrants are taking jobs from unemployed American workers – they’re taking food out of the mouths of hungry American children – they’re taking chances of college and advanced training from American youth.  I have heard all these claims and so many more.

But are they really?  Is EVERY illegal immigrant taking jobs or food or educational opportunities from Americans?  I don’t think so.  Many of those immigrants are doing jobs that most Americans wouldn’t dream of doing.  And  I don’t think too many Americans are losing the opportunity to go to college just because an illegal immigrant got there first.

Let me be really radical here.  I guess I won’t advocate totally open borders, but I think they should be more open than they are now.  No barbed wire or electrified fences, please.  And stop treating “amnesty” like a dirty word.  It’s not.  It’s a wonderful, forgiving, hope-filled word.  If someone has lived here for 25 years or more, has kept a job, has raised a family, has been a good neighbor, by all means let him or her stay.  Let the children go to school; as far as college goes, if a child has performed well enough in school to earn a scholarship, give it to him or her, but don’t give illegal immigrants any more advantages than an American citizen or a legal immigrant.  If more illegal immigrants come, by all means feed and clothe them – isn’t that what Jesus said to do?

Matthew 25:34-36 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

 
Listen, our country was built by immigrants.  The influx of different cultures and nationalities gives our America a complexity and vibrancy that can hardly be matched elsewhere.  Even our “Native” Americans were immigrants thousands of years ago, coming over that Bering land bridge.  It doesn’t matter how you got here, or how long ago.  What matters is that you are a human being, made in the image of God, and He told us to feed and clothe and welcome everyone.   So let’s do it.
 
Some more thoughts from Jesus:
 
Mark 10:21-22 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
 Luke 14:12-14 He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
 
 
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  1. LEGAL IMMIGRATION—NOT—illegal immigrants? There is a vast difference.

    Now that we have the results from the Iowa Caucuses, we must carefully peruse the issues as seen by the candidates and the ever present innocuous problem of the illegal alien occupation.

    Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in Iowa on New Year’s Eve, the former governor stated that he would veto the so-called DREAM Act if he was president. And as governor of Massachusetts, Romney allowed state troopers to be deputized to help with the enforcement of immigration laws. He also opposed attempts to allow illegal aliens to pay the lower in-state tuition rates at state universities. Although he opposes the DREAM Act, Romney seems open to grant legal residency status to those who serve in the U.S. military.

    Rick Santorum throughout his time as senator, Santorum consistently opposed bills that would grant amnesty or other legalization benefits for illegal aliens. He voted against a bill that would have produced a guest worker program with a path to US citizenship for certain illegal aliens. In addition he voted in opposition to a bill that would allow certain illegal aliens to participate in social security system. Rick Santorum also voted in support of constructing a fence along our Southern border and doesn’t believe in amnesty, although he opposes deporting the millions of illegal aliens already residing in the U.S.

    Ron Paul has a similar attitude towards illegal immigration, that he opposes Amnesty, but does not support deporting the estimated 20 million plus illegal aliens currently squatting in the U.S. Paul introduced a bill that would amend the 14th Amendment to the Constitution so that children born to non-citizens within the U.S. could not attain automatic citizenship.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, has the best stance on illegal immigration, but sadly she has stepped down as a presidential candidate. Although Bachman has left the race, she will still carry the banner of the TEA PARTY. As Senators and House members are regurgitated so to speak for reelection. We must insist that they will follow the laws passed down to us by our founding fathers? Not the Socialist movement by President Obama and his rat patrol, assaulting the sovereign rights of individual states. Every politician should promise to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which is the promise to tens of millions of TEA PARTY members of freedom and liberty. To restrain a government out of control and shrink it; to rewrite the antique current tax code and replacing it with a fair and equitable tax for all and no special advantages for those in power; open up our abundant oil deposits and tell the environmentalists, ‘to put a sock in it.’

    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich surprised his audience at a town hall meeting in Naples, Florida in November. He said, “I am not for a path to citizenship for anybody who got here illegally… But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart.” But Rick Perry, the Texas governor has not only granted illegal aliens to pay the lower, in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, he also proposed legislation that allows them to receive tax-payer supported state education grants. In August the Obama administration began a new policy that subject to the illegal alien apprehended, only those with severe criminal records would be deported. Perry at a campaign stop in New Hampshire told the crowd that under his administration, “I call this a horrific policy, but the Obama administration has a catch and release policy where non-violent illegal aliens are released into the general public today. My policy will be to detain and to deport every illegal alien that we apprehend. That is how we stop that issue.”

    Just in California, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich States the illegal alien cost is $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to just Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year. These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for schools. It’s a sorrowful situation when a news report states that the Democrats in Sacramento are looking for solutions in reducing their uncontrolled 16 to 20 billion dollar deficit? They should ask Mike Antonovich who knows the answer. He’d tell the simpletons in the state capitol—rescind Los Angeles ‘Special Order 40, stopping police for asking the nationality of persons caught. Remove the stigma of the states ‘Sanctuary State label and prosecute the Governor, Mayor, judge and prosecutors for not obeying immigration enforcement laws. Cross-reference people who apply for public entitlements and implement a mandatory state E-Verify until the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ finds passage in Congress.

    Notably is the Liberal press using a different stance to promote the millions of illegal migrants and immigrants already here–saying that it’s good for the economy or asserting these people pay taxes. Yes many do, but they are using either stolen Social Security numbers from innocent citizens, or an IRS number known as an ITIN number. A substantial motivation is they have no alternative, if they want to get a payroll job? Then according to the ‘Heritage Foundation’ the amount of $113 Billion dollars goes to supplementing illegal aliens by hard-pressed taxpayers and every year that amount is rising. The liberal Progressives are also pushing the environmental position, elaborating the issue for no fencing, because it was detrimental to wild life. Of course nothing is said about the crisis situation for ranch owners, who live in fear from the criminals and illegal aliens passing through their land. These parties burglarize their homes, cutting fences and committing other crimes in the four Border States. Equally unappetizing is the mounds of human garbage left in the border regions, with animals caught up in the tangle of plastic bottle holders or other trash.

    As released by the IRS, illegal immigrants are returned 4.5 Billion in child/parent tax credits on fraudulent documentation. Little known to most readers is that these foreign invaders send out of the country annually to foreign banks, between 40-46 billion dollars. Yes! They do pay taxes, but it hardly has any impact on the money that is extorted from federal and state taxpayers for children of illegal aliens and drains state treasuries, without compensation. Money going to educate, the massive health care deficit and an overpopulated prison system filled with drug dealers, killers, molesters, pedophiles and a growing proportion of hit and run propagation of drunken drivers; those that are caught.

    The Tea Party doesn’t discriminate against any nationality or race, this is an offensive plan by the Democrats to undermine the alternative party who are strictly against illegal immigration, but openly welcomes those who patiently legally wait their turn, in becoming part of the opportunity that is America.

    If Obama remains president and reigns supreme for another term, he will rescind the immigration laws that make us safe from drug dealers, drunken hit & run drivers and a whole mess of criminals reaching American soil. The Obama mob led by Eric Holder, Morton, Pelosi and Napolitano have divided American society after not only suing starting with Arizona, but have committed their Liberal agenda of using their mismanaged force to go after Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa county whose duty is to enforce his state law. Obama is complicit in not enforcing immigration laws and now suddenly become slack in deporting nationals. Demand your politician’s co-sponsor the ‘Legal Workforce Bill, known statewide, Mandatory E-Verify. Stop the occupation of our country from other nations, before it’s too late. You can by calling your Senator and Congress person in Congress at 202-224-3121.

    Our countries laws are being undermined and our sovereignty trashed by Obama’s mules in the Department of IN-Justice. Join a constitutional-oriented TEA PARTY near you. Make sure Obama becomes a one term president, before his Liberal henchman erodes away the US Constitution. Join the non-profit pro-sovereignty organization. NUMBERSUSA. Be on your guard as illegal aliens have vote and will again in 2012, unless we institute that every voter posses picture ID–which can be authenticated. After the true double fence is built along the border, then at such times a uniform ‘Guest Worker’ program can be enacted by Congress. The TEA PARTY believes in an immigration ‘Point System’ like Europe, Australia and New Zealand, that welcomes highly skilled workers with exception background in Engineering, the Sciences and Mathematics. We must be more selective and enforce the laws as legislated in the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill.

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    • Wow. I expected to kick up a little dust, but I didn’t expect a full-blown thesis. You’ve obviously been researching the issue for some time. Thanks for all your comments. I do respect your position; I have several friends (many in the Tea Party or closely aligned with it) who share your views in toto or in part. I guess my main point was that we need to become more charitable as Americans: there are people genuinely in need on BOTH sides of the borders, and God put us here on earth, in part, to help others. I’m not advocating that we allow immigrants, legal or otherwise, to totally take over, nor that we should pay for everything for them. Nor is a totally open border to be considered a totally safe or even desireable option. But I see open, or at least more open, borders as far more desireable than mile after mile of fences and barbed wire and watchtowers. Yes, the ranchers and residents near the borders need to feel safe; yes, we need to keep out the criminal element; yes, we need to better manage our taxpayer dollars. I am a taxpayer, and I do not like a lot of what the government spends my money on. But I still advocate for more open immigration policies and more charity, both here and abroad.

    • I am sorry, but this post is about spreading Christ’s charity and love regardless of party affiliation. I don’t think it was intended for partisan bullying. I think you are missing the author’s point.

      Respectfully,
      Mary

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  3. AMEN!

    • I’ll second that! Thanks for reading. Looking forward to our visit!

  4. It isn’t only in the USA, Sue – there’s a rash of xenophobia across the western world. Immigrants are a handy scapegoat, as people become fearful of losing what they have and become aggressively defensive. Thank you for reminding us of Christ’s teaching and let’s hope that nominal Christians with xenophobic tendencies will rethink their attitudes. Bless you!

    • Thanks for your comments. Yes, as I was doing a little bit of research for this post, I saw that all sorts of different places are having issues with immigration. So sad – every nation needs that influx of new and different ideas, some of which may get rejected in the end, but the process of evaluating new ideas, cultures, etc., should have both a refining and a strengthening effect on the culture receiving the influx. With the technology available today, not just in communications but in transportation and weaponry, we can no longer be insular and exclusive. We must get our heads out of the sand and become people with a global perspective. Thanks again for reading. Bless you too.

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  7. What you wrote touched my heart.

    I am currently living without my parents due to immigration. I was born here in the U.S. I can promise you my parents are NOTHING like most illegal immigrants here. Its been 5 years and the worse part is I have two younger sisters with my who are young and are growing io without our parents. Your message influenced me and I believe I will write a letter to the president. Its about time I do something. I cant stand the pain anymore.

    • I’m so sorry about your situation. I would daresay that MOST illegal immigrants are nothing like the stereotypes we have forced on us so often. I will be praying that there will be a quick and joyful resolution to the situation, and reunion with your parents. By all means, write to the President. You might also try writing to the US senators and representatives of whatever state you’re living in right now.


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