Yes, you read that right. Not "undocumented worker". Not "immigrant". Not any other politically correct term.
Illegal Aliens Monday, Jan 15th, 2007
This is going to be a bit disjointed. It's just a collection of thoughts on the subject - try to keep up, OK?
Am I a xenophobe? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Do I resent having rights as a U.S. citizen claimed by someone who has not earned those rights, regardless or country of origin? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
US law requires that anyone who is not a citizen must follow certain rules upon and after entering this country.
The very first thing that such persons must have is entry approval by a certifying authority. Approval is granted under a seemingly endless list of circumstances:
Short term visitation to relatives
Fixed duration education
Fixed and variable term diplomatic visits and residencies
I'm surprised there isn't an approved category for "terrorist".
Those who do not have such approval are in this country illegally. Against the law. These are lawbreakers. Trespassers. By being here they have proven that they have no respect for US law. We certainly cannot trust them to follow any other US law.
Do I benefit financially from illegal workers in the US? Yes, I do. My grocery bill would be higher if producers had to pay real wages to have their crops harvested. by about 20 cents per hour of work by the farm laborer.
Illegal aliens want the same rights and privileges as citizens.
Why should that be granted? Are they paying hospital district taxes? No. Are they paying school taxes? No. Does the rent they pay to live in a 10-person rental room in a run-down area of town contribute to the local economy? No.
"But LULAC says they are", you respond. Ah, not so, my multilingual friend... most of the social security cards presented by illegal aliens are bogus, as are their home addresses. The biggest impact they have on the economy, other than making their employers richer, is through their purchases at McDonalds and the corner convenience store. The rest of their money goes back to their home country so that their relatives can afford to come to this country illegally.
There are only two excuses for the "immigrant" rallies we see on television...
1. The rally attendees are being duped by professional agitators or local ethnic political figures that want to look good to "their" people.
2. The rally attendees, citizen and illegals alike, simply don't know the difference between legal and illegal; or they don't care.
Of course, there could be a third excuse... a combination of the two.
In any case the media has decided that this is their "darling" issue and give it full-time coverage. They were the first to dub "illegal aliens" "immigrants". And the organizers of the protests jumped on that immediately and made it their own word.
Why would those who went through the legalization process to become US citizens align themselves with those who dodge the process? I'd think that they'd be saying, "Not on your life. I came to this country because of the opportunities and because I am protected by the laws here. I did it the legal way. So can you."
Or do they think that the same legal system that protects them as U.S. citizens has a clause which allows them to choose which laws to obey and which to not obey. If that's the case I have one I'd like to ignore... I choose to withhold services to illegal aliens that are paid for by my tax money.
"Throughout our country's history, immigrants have contributed immensely to our culture, our economy, our defense and our national pride. Almost all citizens of the United States are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants and each new generation of immigrants has reinvigorated our nation with the values and work ethic that has made America great. Our common experience has demonstrated that immigration is good for America, whether your ancestors arrived before the Declaration of Independence or just a generation ago."
(so far I agree with them). But continuing,
"LULAC calls upon Congress and the President to embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants and pass comprehensive immigration reform that allows hard working..." (insert the word illegal if you're a citizen) "... immigrants and their families to become permanent legal residents of the United States."
In other words... allow those who have proven that they are lawbreakers to become citizens. En mass.
The LULAC web site really likes to display numbers and percentages where it involves the "positive" impact of illegal aliens on the US economy.
What I want to know is, How'd they get the numbers? Did they ask "¿Está usted en los Estados Unidos legalmente? (Are you in the U.S. legally)"? And how many respondents actually answered truthfully? The usual answer was probably something like "Sí señor. Aquí están mis 23 tarjetas de la Seguridad social demostrarlo. (Yes sir. Here are my 23 Social Security cards to prove it)".
Speaking of fake Social Security cards...
The Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that after the 1986 passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act(1), the Social Security Administration began receiving mountains of W-2 earnings reports with incorrect or fake Social Security numbers.
Now comes something that I just don't understand... LULAC referenced this info on their web site like they were proud of it.
One thing that I noticed about the LULAC "financial impact" quotations... They are very misleading and biased. Where they are describing the possible gains to be had by the legalization of illegals they use the term "Undocumented Immigrants". Where they are quoting actual historical data they use the word "Immigrants" alone, which includes both legal and illegal residents. They say that "Immigrants" provide xx dollars or percentage to such-and-such tax base or program. They fail to say how much is provided by illegal immigrants simply because they do not know.
Am I a xenophobe? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Do I resent having rights as a U.S. citizen claimed by someone, regardless or country of origin, who has not earned those rights? ABSOLUTELY!!!!
The latest telephone poll taken by the office of the Governor of Texas asked whether people who live in Texas think illegal immigration is a serious problem:
35% of respondents answered: "Yes, it is a serious problem."
65% of respondents answered: "No es una problema serio."
(1) The Immigration Reform and Control Act (Simpson-Mazzoli Act, IRCA, Pub. L. 99-603, Nov. 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 3359) (signed by President Ronald Reagan) is a US law that was created with the intention to reduce illegal immigration to the United States.
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