Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Bush, senators seek common ground on immigration

I'm so fucking tired of hearing about immigration. It's amazing to me that with everything going on in the world, this is the thing that people want to focus their attention on. I'm sure that there are a lot of problems related to illegal immigration, but I don't think many people are very interested in really solving them, seems they'd rather just bitch about them. You can't put up a fence and expect that to keep people out when what's on the other side is a better life for them and their children. And there are just too many to realistically send them all back. The only way to fix the problem, is to make sure that there isn't a better life waiting for them here, and that isn't going to happen until people stop hiring them, which means people will need to be willing to pay more for things in order to allow for replacing them with American workers. And that just isn't going to happen.

At lunch today, I overheard a guy at the next table saying something to the effect that they should all be forced to walk back over the border as soon as they are found to be here illegally. So either he thinks that they simply cross the border and set up camp right there, or he's proposing some kind of death march back to Mexico. Either way, it didn't make much sense to me. And this is in Jacksonville, FL, where I've lived for almost 30 years and never once noticed a local problem that could be blamed on illegal immigration.

It's sad that a handful of racist nutjobs have more influence over policy in this country than the millions of Americans who oppose just about everything else our idiot President does. But I guess if someone can get Sean Hannity to pull his head out of George Bush's ass for even one issue, it does cause people to notice.

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Chris Howard said...

It's just more hatred from all the haters. I very much doubt any of those minutemen guys are angry because they lost their job to a Mexican immigrant. So explain to me how it isn't about racism? And then there are the people who are spiteful. There was a letter in the Folio this week from a guy who wants them all rounded up and deported because it was so hard for his college-educated Ukrainian wife to get in legally. So somehow deporting people will make it better for his wife? How about venting that anger into trying to make the system better for everyone?

You got it right, the way to stop people from coming over here is to help to make the world a better place for everyone.

John Howard said...

Or Bush's underrated long term plan of just turning the US into a place people don't want to come to.