posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 06:54 PM
I don't know whether this protest/rally will turn out to be violent, and I don't know if it will have an impact on the economy.
However,..... ILLEGAL Immigration is ILLEGAL Immigration. That's all there is to it. No one here says "no more Immigrants",.... most say "no more
ILLEGAL Immigrants!" I'm a legal Immigrant, and it took a very long time to become a citizen (somewhere around 5-6 years). It was a long process
with lots of standing-in-line at the local (and sometimes far away) government offices, medical check-ups, tests, etc. It was anything but fun.
My observation is that the more desperate you are to get the hell away from your own country, the more likely you're going to do that illegally.
I've been to Mexico, and I've seen how most of the poor live. It is absolutely horrible. If I were them, I'd want to run away too! If you have to
feed your family NOW, you can't wait 2 years to be approved for a green-card, and another 5 years to become a citizen. I think that the key to
lowering illegal immigration is to make the approval process more efficient, and faster. If this Government wishes to cut down on illegal immigration,
they need to make the guest worker program faster, and more accessible.
If the Government wishes to give every single one of the Illegals a green card/citizenship, I honestly don't have a problem with that. Just because I
had to suffer through becoming a citizen doesn't mean I wish the hardship on others as well. They'll be documented, they'll start paying taxes, and
businesses around the U.S. will still have someone to hire.
Unfortunately for them, they'll also have to start paying their workers more, and paying them benefits. I think the Spanish-only/non-english speakers
will lose in becoming legal, because not only will most of them lack education and language skills, they'll still have to settle for low wages, and
they'll have to pay taxes too! Who would you rather hire? The english speaker, or the one who can't understand you? Is it really a hard decision if
you end up paying them the same amount in wages? The only real benefit to these new, legalized immigrants would be the fact that businesses would no
longer be able to send them home without pay/take advantage of them, and they'd be able to receive social services.
Some people will say that Illegal immigration is helping the economy, because businesses spend less money on labor and benefits, and pass on the
savings to the public. Maybe this is true, and maybe it isn't. I personally think that lots of businesses will keep that profit for themselves, and
none of us consumers will ever see it. The hiring of illegal workers, in my opinion, is the end result of the actions of the labor Unions. At the
beginning and mid of the 20th century they had a true purpose, and they were absolutely necessary. These days they are greedy, and asking for too
much. They're killing big and small businesses, and that is why a lot of them hire illegals.
I'll say one thing..... the working illegals are very hard workers. They certainly don't just sit around. I think the Mexican illegals/and legals
are some of the harderst-working people. As for them sending money home,... well,.... it isn't good for the U.S. economy, but I can understand why
they would do it. If you had a mother, father, wife, husband back in Mexico who are sick, or starving, or disabled, or jobless because they can't
find anywhere to work,.... what would you do? Would you let them starve, or die? Or would you send some of that money you made to them, to help them?
All in all,..... Illegal Immigration is bad for this country. We must put an end to it, or at least slow it down. We could do that by speeding up the
legalization process, and/or the worker program. Builiding a wall at the border will also help a lot. Allowing Illegals to protest is ridiculous, but
if they truly want citizenship, and if they want to pay taxes, I say let's let them! How would we lose?