SEARCH BLOG: IMMIGRATION
As I read arguments for a "do over" for the millions of persons who have entered the U.S. illegally, it is obvious that, aside from government officials who have their own agendas, the average U.S. citizen supporting this approach is doing so from heartfelt compassion.
The U.S. has a history of, indeed a tradition, of accepting those who have suffered political oppression or are simply seeking a "do over" in their lives. And for a couple of hundred years, the U.S. has maintained a process that has brought millions of people legally to our shores... in a relatively orderly fashion.So why the opposition to the 10-15 million (or whatever the real number is) of people who have simply bypassed the legal process and entered the U.S. because they wanted to, even if is was illegally? So what if they have decided that waiting their turn is not in their best interests? So what if they have created social and financial problems for our communities? So what if there are others who have gone through the process of getting a "green card" or immigrated legally?
These 10-15 million people deserve a "do over" because they are here now. Right? It is our tradition to accept anyone who reaches landfall. We do it for the Cubans who build rickety rafts to escape Castro, so why not Mexicans who are attempting to escape the ... who is the dictator of Mexico, anyway?Okay, so maybe political asylum isn't the issue here. Well, we have a tradition. Apparently, that supersedes law.