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Apr 10, 2006 by DAVID SCHRAUB, Assistant Editor
I was a failed Spanish student in high school, and even I can’t see anything more American than that phrase.
The immigrant protests for American ideals continue unabated.
Characteristically, the issue is polarized by intense passion on both extremes. This passionate posturing makes it increasingly difficult to carve out a compromise. Many politicians have taken positions based on their perceived constituency sentiment that allows them little room for flexibility. Regional economic considerations coupled with the potential impact to certain corporate and business segments create an incoherent patchwork of conflicting considerations. Navigating this difficult terrain is likely to foster more political stalemate than innovative compromise.
While Washington plays politics, Americans cannot ignore the fact that there are currently an estimated 12,000,000 reasons to resolve this issue. Itâ€™s time for politicians to set aside the rhetoric and complete the daunting task of a thorough evaluation that will provide the necessary, albeit frightening, calculations and considerations. Despite voices to the contrary, these 12,000,000 people are here to stay. Unless we get about the business of accepting this reality and moving forward with a coherent and tangible policy, we will soon find ourselves with another 12,000,000 reasons to solve this problem.
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If they love America so much, how come most of the 12 million of them still can’t speak English? How come the refuse to assimilate, yet still demand that the American taxpayer give their children benefits such as welfare, foodstamps, etc? How come, if they love America, they aren’t willing to follow America’s laws and seek legal immigration to this nation?
I think HR 4437 is a good bill, except for 5 things: 1)that it doesn’t ban anyone who is here illegally from ever attaining citizenship
2) it doesn’t mandate criminal pentalties, including at least 1 year in prison for those who hire illegal workers
3) it doesn’t carry serious criminal penalties for those who fabricate work documents for illegals
4) it doesn’t create sufficient avenues for legal immigration.
5) the wall doesn’t cover the entire border, and isn’t electrified.
There should be sufficient legal immigration to cover the real employment needs of the nation, but it should also be come legallly, or don’t come. There should be no possibility for a middle ground. Right now there is an 11-12 million strong mexican/latin american army in the US. And, quite frankly, I don’t trust them.
yes, I’m a xenophobe. Get over it.
Have our representatives thrown up their hands in a unanimous “We surrender”? Are they going to do nothing or wait until after 2008?
Waving the flag and acting like you want to assimilate is a strawman policy. If you want to see exactly what they think of us you might want to read one of their web sites.
I participated in the march yesterday in Atlanta. Some quick observations:
1. I have rarely felt so proud to be an American. It was just a wonderful, heart-warming feeling to see so many people so excited about becoming Americans. It was impossible to be there and to not feel the overwhelming sentiment of the crowd as expressed in their signs and their voices: “We are not criminals, we work, we pay taxes, we love America, and we want to become Americans”. I have never seen so many U.S. flags in one place. These are precisely the kind of people I would want to become Americans.
2. I saw zero signs referencing the “reconquista”, communism, or Che Guevara.
I was there.
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