Immigration Reform

May 11, 2009

Like my country, immigration reform is something I have struggled to completely wrap my head around. In one sense since the beginning of this nation the most recent immigrant group has been marginalized, ghettoized and discriminated against. The Polish lived in a separate part of town from the Irish from the Italian, etc.  And yes, most of the immigrants who entered in the United States during the great waves of immigration were processed through Ellis Island or done so legally. Of course, I am sure not everyone entering our country during those historic times were legally processed but it is safe to say most did.

Many immigrants who enter into our country today do so legally as well. There was a great LA Times article today about the large numbers of immigrants recently naturalized in California and how that will change the way the state votes. But as we all are aware of there a many folks who enter this country and stay here illegally. It is because of the large number of folks who are here and didn’t enter into the proper legal channels to gain work permits and citizenship that we hear about terrible raids on communities and factories.

What I do know is the technology and resources that have been ramped up in efforts to round up those who are in this country illegally pale in comparison to the resources provided and technological improvements that have been made since the days of Ellis Island. Yes we need to make our borders more secure, too many humans have died as a result of an insecure boarder. But our efforts in naturalizing immigrants need to be improved 100 fold.

The video I posted above brought me to tears and all I can say is that I hope this young boy becomes an immigration lawyer. And if ICE doesn’t alter their way of doing business by the time he does, all I can say is, look out!


One Response to “Immigration Reform”

  1. TL Winslow said

    The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.

    Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.

    Click the url and read the details of the new paradigm for U.S.-Mexico relations.

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