a reply to: eluryh22
Thank you for your rational responses, so I shall respond in kind.
I understand exactly where you are coming from, which is strongly from a point of idealism. In the sense that you are arguing from a point of what
things should be like, if we had a sane, functional system run by a government that actually gave a #. I am arguing from a point of what the system
is, and what is has been for since as long as I can remember.
Like the problem of unchecked migrants bring communicable diseases. Understand, I did not grow up in some rural isolated community. I grew up in San
Jose, California, a major metropolitan area that back then was the vibrant booming tech wonderland of silicon valley. We had a TON of immigrants, many
illegal, from all over the place. Not only Mexican migrants, but tons of South East Asians as well, like Vietnamese and Cambodians, many refugees from
the # storm we made for them back in the 70's. (I grew up in the 80's) Anyway, Every year there were major outbreaks in various school districts all
over the city of dangerous communicable diseases, and yes, every year you'd have quite a few kids, normal healthy kids, dropping dead from these
things. My point is that really, border security has been a joke in this country since the late 70's onward, to the point of being nonexistent. But
only now does anyone seem to actually care, despite the alarms being sounded for years on this problem.
The issue of the food imports is one that can't be divorced from the issue at hand, because it is really the same issue: public health threats and
contagious diseases passing unopposed through our borders due to Customs and Border control being more occupied with trivial issues. There have been
far more outbreaks of deadly diseases due to contaminated foodstuffs from places like Mexico and South America, Asia, ect. than there have from people
coming here. Mainly because it's a lot easier to get product through customs than it is people. But it boils down to the same thing: no border
security. Why? Because it is not profitable for a great number of people, the government included. Unsecured borders mean an influx of cheap,
exploitable undocumented labor that can be exploited in countless ways. They also mean an influx of cheap uninspected goods from dubious sources can
be sold for a fraction of the cost of domestic products, thus increasing profit margins and kick backs all around.
If you really want to address the border security issue, I find it helps not to point out how it should be, but to look at why it is in the first
place. Obviously, I agree we should have a Border and Customs service that is well funded, expanded, and more proactive in screening people and
product for potential hazards and threats to the U.S. homeland. However, that is not what we have, nor what the people with the power to fix it really
want. And it has been this way for the past 30-40 years.
We can cry and wave signs all we want at whatever monkey/candidate we happen to support, but border security is not going to happen, no matter what
clown gets voted into office, if the government and every power behind it has zero intention of doing anything about the problem. And again, I will
state this is my OPINION, but from years of observing the problem, I have seen that both the conservatives and liberals both have been complicit in
our border security nightmare, and both have active stakes in keeping the situation broken. Not only politicians, but other government agencies such
as the DEA, CIA, DIA, ect, all have their own agendas for keeping the borders open, and the hazards coming in. It's why I believe it is pointless to
focus on the migrants themselves like many seem to do right now, as they are just meat fodder in other people's war against the rest of us. I do not
really see them as invaders, or even illegals when they don't have visas/green cards. I see them as imported serfs/slaves needed to fuel a system that
is approaching a bizarre and unholy chimera of Capitalism, Socialism, and Feudalism combined into one horror.
My opinion, for whatever it is worth.