Settle the Illegal Immigration Debate – Eliminate the “Illegal”

It is not our jobs that we worry about; it is our dominance of society that we fear losing.

Don’t be fooled by all the hype. The current brouhaha over the recently passed extreme illegal immigration law in Arizona is nothing more than a straw man designed to bring the issue of illegal immigration to a head in order to force a resolution of the controversy.

Seeking a solution to the illegal immigration issue was a hot topic in the second Bush term, but the economic crisis, the war against terrorism and the health care debate pushed the immigration issue to the back pages. While those who favor immigration reform decry Arizona’s actions, in reality they welcome the controversy as an opportunity to open the debate and seek a solution to the problem. And it’s a lot cheaper than going to war (again) with Mexico, a war, in case you forgot, that enabled the U.S. to wrest control of huge portions of the western U.S. from the Mexicans in 1845, including Arizona.

The most often heard complaint from those worried about illegal immigrants is that these people come into the country and take jobs away from those here legally; they do not pay income, property, social security or Medicare taxes and yet receive schooling for their children and medical care.

While there is some basis to these arguments, the reality is that the jobs taken by illegal immigrants are jobs that most “legal” Americans do not want to take anyway. It has been estimated that if all illegal immigrants were expelled, the American economy would be negatively impacted by as much as 30 percent.

From a practical standpoint, resolving the illegal immigration issue is simple. All that needs to be done is to change the “illegal” part of the “illegal immigrant” phrase to “documented” and the problem will go away. If these immigrants were “documented,” then they would be accounted for and required to pay their fair share of taxes for services received. And, the real benefit is that we would not be required to clean our homes, slaughter our food or pick our own lettuce!

It is not that America does not already have a very effective “documented alien” laws. The only problem is that the existing laws are designed to favor white Anglo-Saxon Europeans and rich Americans who want to import au pairs to care for their children.

You see, we don’t want to admit it, but the real reason for the emotional resistance to immigration reform is deep-seated bigotry, racism and a reverse from of ethnic cleansing.

We rail against illegal immigrants and criticize others for ethnic cleansing, but the truth of the matter is that this country was founded on these principles. From the first (illegal) landing at Plymouth Rock we have adopted the belief and acted in a manner that suggested the continental U.S. belongs to white Anglo-Saxons. For over 500 years we have always taken actions designed to establish and then protect the dominance of the white Anglo-Saxon on this continent. Sure, we have trumpeted that we have allowed other races to enter “our” country, but only on our terms and only so long as the other races did not threaten our dominance.

While we have proudly held up our nation as one of “diversity,” that diversity was defined as English, Italian, Irish and French (and for the most part Christian). In other words we would accept all the diversity in the world, so long as it was white diversity.

It started, of course, with Native Americans. A 1993 United Nations Commission defined “ethnic cleansing” as, “the planned deliberate removal from a specific territory, persons of a particular ethnic group, by force or intimidation, in order to render that area ethnically homogeneous.” Does that not clearly define actions taken by this country against Native American Indians?

For purely economic reasons (and because we didn’t want to do the jobs) we allowed the “legal immigration” of millions of Africans. Of course, the condition was that they live as slaves and from a political standpoint they were only considered three-fifths of a person. (Virtually the same story could be told of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese who were allowed to be “legal immigrants” in order to build the railroads and work in the mines of the West.)

It was not just the average person who wanted to maintain white ethnic dominance in this country. After the repugnance of slavery was abolished by the Civil War, none other than Abraham Lincoln signed off on a plan to have the Africans sent back to Africa. (Liberia was established in Africa for this specific purpose.) When this plan did not work, the laws of the nation and states sought to keep African-Americans in a subservient role – especially when it came to the power of voting.

The Bottom Line

The point being made here is that our country was founded upon the concept of white Anglo-Saxon domination and control – and we want to keep it that way. Whether we want to admit it or not, that is the core of the illegal immigration issue. It is not that we want to do the jobs they do or that we are worried about the taxes they don’t pay. Our real concern is that they will someday outnumber us and that they will vote. I am sure that what motivated those who worked so hard to keep freed slaves from voting was the fear that if they were allowed to vote, then the time would come when this country would even have an African-American president.

It is not our jobs that we worry about; it is our dominance of society that we fear losing.

There are many among us who fear that the white Anglo-Saxon races in this country will become a minority and – knowing how we have dealt with minorities in the past – they fear for the future. They fear for loss of control of the country by those of Anglo heritage; a control that they for some reason believe was destined by God. The issue is made worse by demagogic politicians who play to this fear in order to get elected.

And the Moral of the Story …

So, what are we to do?

Unless and until we face up to the real issue behind the immigration battles, no solution will be found.

In the short term, we should extend the current documented alien laws that apply to those mostly Anglo-Saxon whites who come to this country to take “white-collar” jobs, to those who want to come to this country to take the menial jobs we eschew. Notice that we have built no border fences designed to keep Canadians from illegally immigrating to the US.

If, as under the current law, it can be demonstrated that an open job exists and it is a job that could not be or is not desired to be filled by “local” labor, then the immigrant could become “documented” for a period of time, i.e. three years to enter the country and take the job. In exchange, these people contribute to the economy and pay taxes, but don’t get to vote. At the end of the “documented” period, the immigrant would either have to reestablish a valid need for his presence or return to his homeland. If “illegal immigrants” become “documented immigrants,” then, ipso facto, “illegal immigration” goes away.

Of course, there are those who would argue that once the immigrant was in this country he would blend into society and never leave. So? They still could not vote. This is a subject for another discussion, but one thing is certain and that is if “documentation” is made law of the land, then all the expenses, risks and failed efforts to keep illegal immigrants out of the country would be eliminated.

In the long term, we must get over this notion that God intended for this continent to be dominated and controlled by those of Anglo-Saxon heritage. If we truly believe in the value of diversity then we should embrace it and not attempt to fence it out.

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8 responses to “Settle the Illegal Immigration Debate – Eliminate the “Illegal”

  1. What a great perspective!

  2. Bob, I disagree with you. My wife is a LEGAL alien. A doctor who came here to study, we had to return to her native Thailand to comply with the LAW. To reward law breaking with a free pass is not right. What do you say to those who follow the rules, wait their turn and may or may not make it here? Your post is too simplistic and seems to come from someone who wants to reward the fat cats with cheap labor. The Arizona law is simply a step to stem the tide and follow the Federal law.

  3. I cannot agree more with all of the points you made. Especially about politicians fueling the issue to their advantage and playing on people’s fears. Well said!!

  4. Bob, I disagree with you. My wife is a LEGAL alien. A doctor who came here to study, we had to return to her native Thailand to comply with the LAW. To reward law breaking with a free pass is not right. What do you say to those who follow the rules, wait their turn and may or may not make it here? Your post is too simplistic and seems to come from someone who wants to reward the fat cats with cheap labor. The Arizona law is simply a step to stem the tide and follow the Federal law.

  5. Look, sir, the fact is whites are the illegals, no matter what point of the whole American continent’s history you look at from the times of Columbus or now, you will see they are more the criminals than the illegals. I have dealt with many “illegal immigrants” and can tell you, from seeing it with my own eyes, they get pulled over for illegal reasons. For example, a man I have known for 3 years now, keeps getting tickets, and once was arrested, for putting gasoline into a legal person’s car (This guy was the passenger). The police officer walked up, asked for the man’s license and arrested him.

    FOR NOT HAVING A DRIVER’S LICENSE WHILE PUTTING GAS IN THE CAR!!!!

  6. That’s an expert answer to an intnerstieg question

  7. Super! Lielisks raksts. Tā kā tu mani “Tago”, tad tik vien bÅ«s jāķeras pie darba un jāizveido arÄ« man šāds raksts. Paldies, man bija interesanti lasÄ«t tavu ierakstu.

  8. Iti multumesc ca ai trecut prin lumea mea . Cand scriu, o fac din pasiune si incerc sa redau cat mai artistic profunzimile interioare. Te mai astept!

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