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Since SanFranNan wants all this discussion on “Immigration Reform”, I’ll oblige to keep our weary priests from having to engage in it. And for you who are unfortunate enough to find yourself on the pointy end of an immoral sermon, I’m going to go over “Immigration Reform” ONCE and ONE TIME ONLY. This is a long one… so sit tight.  There’s something for everyone to be mad at in this.

Who’s to Blame

There are NO HANDS CLEAN in this debate. Both Ds and Rs have RUINED this debate and turned it, purposefully, into a race issue. Why? Because Blue Blood Country Club RINOs love, REPEAT LOVE, having slave labor at negligible wages. Because Socialist Democrats love, REPEAT LOVE, having people in need to spend money on. OUR MONEY.

No one in party leadership wants to really look at the issue. Big business types don’t care. They love cheap labor too. No one, REPEAT NO ONE, in charge in either party wants this to be solved. They WANT illegal immigrants to be a slave class one way or the other. Period.

But Larry, The Dems are moving to legalize illegals, at least that’s what the promise to Hispanics. Doesn’t that solve the problem?

NO! Not the way they want to go about it. Putting aside the pure economic issues of if it’s OK to just give away 30 million citizenships. Putting aside the justice issues of skipping all those who’ve obeyed laws and played by the rules. What the Democrats want is 30 million voters who are in need of government support. The Democrats don’t want to force assimilation. They have no intention of making true citizens who are able to participate in the American Dream. They want 30 million hamstrung voters, who will now no longer be able to get low wage jobs, to be on the public dole and vote for whomever will promise the most goodies. Truth be know, most RINOs like this idea too.

What does that give us in the end? 30 million people who are beholden to Uncle Sam for subsistence living. That is NOT the American Dream. That’s an American Nightmare in the making because Uncle Sam can not deliver what he’s already promised to the current citizens. How much sooner will we see bread lines and riots with 30,000,000 new people expecting the federal government to ride to the rescue?

Social Justice

Now enough economics… Most people hate math. Let’s deal SOLELY with social justice. One of the key points that Democrats hate is the concept of a Commerce Language. In fact, when you try to demand that everyone speak one Commerce (or “Official”) Language, they are the first to howl, “RACISM!” Why? Because being able to communicate, especially in the common tongue of commerce, makes you free. YOU are able to decide for yourself what the truth is. You don’t have to depend on Government or a few select poverty pimping translators to tell you what is happening. You can read and speak in the language that the primary sources are reading and speaking.

When you remove the requirement for a citizen to speak English effectively, you sentence that person to slave status. They will forever be dependent on others for navigating the legal system, economy, and social structures. Is that Justice? When SanSfanNan tries to strong-arm Church officials into touting Democrat policies, what she is really doing is demanding they put the true interests of Illegals aside. She wants the Church to table real social justice in deference to touchy feely social justice where the aim is to make everyone, especially the white benefactors, feel good about themselves. It’s nothing more than a repackaged white washed Liberation Theology that has been CONDEMNED by the Vatican.

As a side note, I wonder how The SanFranNanny would feel about a Republican Conservative Catholic demanding that the Priests start teaching, in a real way, that when you vote for a candidate that supports abortion, you kill babies.  I bet SFN would not like that and be one of the first to start chanting about the separation of Church and State… but that’s a point for another topic.

Defending the Borders

Now let’s look at simple national sovereignty. Does a nation have a right to 1) secure its borders and 2) dictate how people will be assimilated into its society? YES! Any definable unit of society has that right. A family has the right to bring others into that family. It also has a right to make sure those it brings in will obey the rules and are not trying to simply use the family. The family metaphor is important because unlike other institutions like clubs and businesses, a nation can’t simply say, “you know, we really shouldn’t have adopted you. That was a bad idea. You have to leave now.” Once you are in, you are in. …Warts and all. Nations have to be allowed to not only stop people at the borders, but be selective about who they take.

Who should be selected? Honestly, anyone who wants to be an American and who is willing to work. The economy will support people at the lower end of the earnings ladder. We don’t need to only look for engineers and software coders. People who love an honest day’s work do a lot more for a country than those who sit on their ass all day. And as an “all day ass sitter” myself, I feel quite confident about that statement.

The Salve Class

I wrote earlier in this post about slaves. I don’t use that word lightly. This is a country of citizens. When you encourage, by governmental policy, the expansion of those who need the federal government to survive, you create slaves. The object, and I mean this with all sincerity, of the federal government is to make every person in this country a subject of the federal government. In other words, a slave. It’s not a grand conspiracy. It’s just the way organisms work. They grow. The Federal Government is an organism that seeks to grow to its limits (and beyond, if possible).

In the past, we could accept a large number of illegal immigrants because it was assumed that the national government would either try get rid of them or allow them or their children to assimilate into true citizenship. Now that is not the case. The government sees a way to jumpstart a full slave nation by implementing, first, a true slave class. If that class is mortgaged as simple illegals, given week quasi official status as “guest workers”, or placed under welfare as citizens in name only, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that once you have a large number beholden to the federal government for daily life, that number will grow. Not because of laziness of the recipients (although that will happen from time to time), but from the sheer inability to move out from under the government’s thumb.

How many readers had student loans? How long did that take to pay off? Now imagine trying to get out from under daily needs provided by the government when every stride you take to free yourself nets you two steps back because of regulations that are specifically designed to keep you from moving to the producing class. Some will make it. But most will not.

All our small business laws, regulations, and tax laws are written to make it harder and harder to produce. All this is done under the guise of providing an even playing field. At some point all of us end up in the government “safety net”. Stuck like flies in a spider web. Sometimes people can get out. But with every new law, new government bailout, new government pork project, new government program or entitlement, it becomes that much harder to free yourself because government needs more and more of your money.

For us in the middle class, it’s a struggle. For those who will instantly become entangled in the “safety net” with no way to get out… With no true voice to be heard… With no one getting out of their way and letting them advance, it will be a social blood bad.

Don’t believe me? Look what our “great white guilt” did to the inner city black family. All the pandering and promising was done with the excuse of compassion. It was really done to secure votes for generations for those who would promise the most redistribution of wealth.

Capitalism Works

If the illegal aliens have shown us one thing it is that Capitalism Works. In the cases where illegal are not fully abused by their “betters”, we see them actually thrive. Without government regulations. Without OSHA. Without the FTC. Without any of the social engineering apparatuses that small business has come to loath, these people carve out a niche in society. Is it the niche they could have? No. Sadly, without the ability to communicate and be free, they are simply successful salves. But the point is well taken, by those of us who notice, that when you turn people loose, even under the most appalling of conditions, they can, and do, survive better than when ensnared by pages and volumes of federal red tape.

So what does that tell us about how the problem should be solved? Simple enough. Let Capitalism begin to fix it. Get rid of the government giveaways, put people who hire illegals in jail, and make it hard for illegals to get jobs and the wound will begin to close. Simple supply and demand at work. Get rid of the supply of government goodies, and the demand will go elsewhere. Get rig of the demand for slave labor, and the supply will go else where.

But that only answers one aspect of the issue. You have to patrol the border. Not so much to take out the illegal immigrants themselves, but to stop gang activity which uses the porous border to smuggle almost at will. These gangs know that once they are in and make it to one of the many sanctuary cities, they can function without fear because a bunch of white handwringers have convinced themselves that keeping slaves is good and they are better off here than they were in Africa South America (sound familiar?).

Next, prosecute city officials who allow sanctuary status. The federal government needs to make that a crime and enforce it. Take away the opportunity to operate with impunity and the problem will diminish. Not go away, but diminish.

Finally, REFORM THE IMMIGRATION LAWS! Our current lawyer driven system is a joke. I’ve watched good people in that system end up having to start the whole process over and over (and over) and fork over another thousand plus dollars each time just because one thing needed adjusting. I know we need to make sure people who want to come here really need to prove themselves, but setting up a catch-22 system that purposefully fattens lawyer’s pockets is criminal. There is little hope for a poor person from south of the border making it thought that mine field.

Ultimate Goal

Our ultimate goal of reform has to be realistic. Anyone who says, “If we do X, everything will go away and be fixed,” is a lying sack of crap. Fix all aspects of this problem in the best ways possible and we will still have illegals. We will always have them. But if we can get this country back to a goal of assimilation and not balkanization, we can handle the smaller amounts that come through.

Our ultimate goal should also be, and I’m going to get a lot of hate over this, the complete reformation of the Mexican economy and government. If we keep allowing Mexico to spill over workers from its failed economy and public policies, then we are to blame for every ounce of social injustice that goes on on that side of the border as well.

You and I have both watched a team of illegals totally redo a house in days. There is no question about their work ethic. Fields of crops cleared even though the labor is back-breaking and menial. We know Mexico has great natural wealth as well. Why, with a population willing to cross borders to work hard jobs and great natural gifts, can’t the Mexican Government and Economy make a profitable system? Could it be because of the gross abuses and corruption? Could it be because the system is set up to protect the “haves” and prevent the “Have-Nots” from advancing? Or could it just be “to the bone” incompetence on the part of leaders?

Whatever the case is, as long as we are Mexico’s pressure valve, they will never have to reform and the people who are stuck behind in Mexico and the rest of Latin America will have no hope.

Economic Hand Wringing

One of the arguments proffered by the Open Borders Business crowd is that, “Americans will never pay 6 dollars for a head of lettuce.” That may be true. We would have a hard time getting out fruits and veggies at the current confiscatory tax rates. But if we didn’t have the other side of the illegal coin we would be able to afford $6 lettuce. If we didn’t have a huge welfare state that was already ignoring citizenship requirements and handing out federal goodies to illegals, then we could pay $6 for lettuce. Hell… if we didn’t have most of the over burdensome social programs that have FAILED miserably despite forking more money into the furnace to be burned up like so much kindling, then we could pay for $12 lettuce.

Stream line the tax code, get rid of government waste, and let US keep OUR money, and we could pay what the market dictates.

Lines in the Sand

I think there are some points, though, on which we have to examine even harder. Maybe even declare them as lines in the sand that, as a nation, we will not cross.

The first is emergency medical coverage. I know many are sick of paying for every little sniffle and cough that illegals have. Many have proposed simply doing away with allowing illegals emergency care. I’m not prepared, and I think I’m in the vast majority, to shut down EMS services for illegals. This is one of those few areas I’m quite comfortable being taken for a ride. I want NO HUMAN BEING to die because they couldn’t get EMS care. Period. I think that is a decision we, as a nation, came to a long time ago. Even before the government got involved, charity hospitals and philanthropists did all they cold to make sure that those who could not pay still survived the night. We, as a people, have embraced that idea. We should no turn away from it.

Does that mean we can’t fix the system and try to prevent as many non-critical cases from clogging and abusing the system? No. It just means we will have to accept that draconian measures in this area will only serve to harm people. We can’t have doctors hamstrung while trying to treat people. And it’s not in the doctor’s or nurse’s job description to be INS beat cops. Whatever solution we push for has to allow for seriously ill patients to be treated. And if that means that some will slip though the cracks and get treatment that could wait 6 days until the symptoms clear up, then so be it.

The final issue is citizenship. People worry about the “Anchor Babies”. Many say there should be a change in the law to not allow these babies to be US citizens. Sorry folks. The law that would need to be changed is the US CONSTITUTION. The Fourteenth Amendment, Article I to be exact. That was put in in response to slavery. Funny how that word “slave” keeps coming up in this topic. Do we really want to mess with The Constitution? Did those who voted on the amendment know what it might be used for? Has time and testing shown it needs to be amended? Or will amending it again lead to more threats of slavery?

These are all questions that will have to be asked before we can move to change THE LAW of the land in that area. I’m not against taking a look at The Constitution for amendment. I would love to do away with the direct election of Senators and give the States back their voice in DC. But any look at amending MUST be done with a wary eye and deep thoughts about the future implications.

Illegals Already Here

What do we do with the ones already here?  That’s a damn good question with no great answer.  Justice would seem to demand they be deported, while mercy would seem to demand a path to citizenship.  A real path, not the “*poof* you are a citizen, have fun” path the Democrats want.

Honestly, I don’t have a good answer.  The reason is that we are to blame as well.  If it were simply a case of the US trying everything in its power to stem the tide and failing, then I would agree that a round up and deportation of everyone is in order.  But WE let them stay.  WE encouraged them to be here.  WE, have a part to play in this as well.  Even if we didn’t do it directly; we, but not forcing Washington to take us seriously and by just voting for the next wonk who paid lip service with no substance, allowed this to go on.  Maybe you weren’t part of the majority that let it happen, but that’s the breaks in a Representative Republic.  We get the government they deserve.

And we all do enjoy that 99 cent head of lettuce, don’t we?

A simple path to citizenship without some punishment makes a mockery of the law.  But what kind of punishment can it be?  …Monetary?  …Physical incarceration?  …Temporary Deportation?  …A seriously delayed citizenship?  What?  I don’t have a good answer.

And that is the problem with letting things like this fester.  Your chance at good options dwindles to scant zero if you wait too long.  And we have waited too long.  Someone, somehow, is going to be badly affected by a see change.  There is no way to stop that at this point.

Conclusions

So where does this leave us? Well, aside from an interesting intellectual exercise, no place useful. The current debate is laced with ad hominem attacks that charge racism as every “boo”, preventing us for having a serious discussion on the topic. Arizona passed a law that had both sides jumping with either fits of glee or apoplexy. I wager that no one actually read the law. If they had, neither side would be very happy. But not for the reasons they may have though. All someone had to do was SOMETHING and one side screamed, “RACISM,” while the other yelled, “ABOUT DAMN TIME!”

If people aren’t informed and don’t demand real substantive change. We are doomed. You can not keep slaves. It will bankrupt you morally and economically. One of the great ironies of the Anti-Bellum age was that the South’s economy was so trashed by their dependence on slavery that they could not compete with the North’s industrialization. But the North wasn’t real thrilled with the South getting up to speed since it would mean more expensive goods. Sounding a bit familiar?

At some point, this will draw to a head and erupt. We will either have a complete break down of our economy, or these modern slaves, who are not in chains and without armed violent recourse, will push back. Either way (or a combination there of), the blood that is being spilt and will be spilt is on our heads for not holding our elected officials’ collective feet to the fire.

One last thought. Please break away from the emotions of this issue. I know it’s very hard. My family tree has the name “Echvarria” in it. My Basque heritage explains a great deal about my temper. It’s no secret that my family wound its way to the US via Mexico in the late 1800’s. So it’s sometimes hard not to sympathize with the “leave them alone” crowd. But this is not just about being nice. It’s about being merciful and just. And you can’t do either of those things under the current system or a system that would just move to legalize their poverty. It doesn’t matter if the yoke we offer them is less oppressive than the one they flee, that is NOT what our ideals should be as a nation. We should seek to offer the best and be the best, not just be kinder slavers.

(note:  any type-os and grammar errors are the fault of me not having a proof reader. If you complain, you volunteer.)

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Written by lablount

May 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm