reply to post by schrodingers dog
Thank you so much for this post! I really needed it this morning.
I have always been a firm opponent of illegal immigration and of the position that anyone here illegally should be rounded up and sent back home,
wherever that is.
But recently, I have felt many of the same feelings expressed in your OP and I'm backing off my hard-ass stance.
Not because I think there isn't
a problem. I do. I think SOMETHING needs to be done, but I no longer think that we can just push everyone out when it is SO hard and expensive and
time-consuming to become a legal citizen here.
To me, the line between immigrant and illegal immigrant is blurring and I'm VERY thankful for that. I feel like my heart is opening. It feels GOOD to
not be so damn judgmental! Who am I to ridicule these people who are looking to feed their families??? Shame on me. I was wrong. And I've only been
realizing this in the past few days. So, for me, the timing of your post is perfect!
I've lived in the Southwest half my long life and I LOVE the mixing of cultures here! And we all get along just fine! Hispanic, Native American and
white folks. We all bring our own color and flavor to the area and its unique and special because of that.
Originally posted by nine-eyed-eel
you don't really understand another culture until they outnumber you, hee-hee-hee...good luck with that.
I guess all the minorities in the US understand "white culture" (whatever that is - I don't even understand it) pretty well, then.
I don't mind
being outnumbered. It means nothing.
Part of the problem is that people get TOO comfortable living in the majority and having the majority rule. And when another "group's" numbers
start growing, they feel threatened that this other "group" is going to start acting bullish (like THEY did when THEY were in the majority) and make
THEIR majority rule.
Majority Rule is FINE when you're in the majority (to these people) but when someone else starts to threaten that majority,
they get scared.
Originally posted by 302Found
That is the point, being an "illegal alien" makes them automatically criminals.
I used to tell myself the same thing. A nice, clear, concise line that I could draw to justify my position. Unfortunately, it's NOT that clear. I
don't know about you, but I suspect that you've broken the law in your life. I know I have. So, if my suspicions are correct, you are a criminal,
too. And so am I. We are ALL criminals. Now where's that line, again?
Originally posted by Kratos40
Let's attack what is really going on. That is drugs and and a new indentured servitude.
THIS is exactly right! You hit the nail on the head. The drug lords, criminal behavior surrounding that and the slavery class. What we have here in
the US is a class of slave workers. And THAT'S why we're not going to send the Mexican immigrants back to Mexico.
Just imagine if the 500,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona stood up and walked away from the pesticide laden crop fields, that contain OUR food, and
went home. Those crops would rot in the ground. Yeah, you'd have maybe 5,000 young people MAX who would be willing and able to do the job during the
summer, but they would have to be paid minimum wage, and before they could even legally go to work, they'd have to clean up the pesticide situation.
The price of food would skyrocket and there would be enormous backlash from just that one action. It's just ONE consequence of taking the drastic
action of sending them all home. Just something to think about.
We need immigration reform! No doubt! These people shouldn't be treated like slaves! They're people! But I'm afraid that some of us have forgotten
ANYWAY, thanks for the great post, sdog. You're one of the people that makes ATS shine! Thank you so much for your contributions!