I think I’ve found another subject on which both conservative and liberal American citizens can agree: the great illegal immigrant fiasco. The only people, if you want to call them people, who seem to want to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants are opportunistic politicians. The rest of us would like to see our borders protected with reasonable barriers to entry, both physical and legal.
What we have here right now is not a collection of immigrants who wish to become part of our society. Instead, they want to preserve their nationality, such as it is, their customs, and their culture. Moreover, they want to impose it upon the rest of us, who could care less.
I called my cellular carrier today to dispute a billing item. Naturally, I was greeted with one of those great, time-wasting telephone menu systems. In addition to the usual plethora of menu options, I was subjected to a barrage of Spanish that wasted even more time: “Para instrucciones en EspaÃ±ol, oprima dos.” Why do we need this? Isn’t English the language of this country? Isn’t English the damn language of commerce for the whole world? Why can’t our illegal immigrants at least learn the language of the country so the rest of us don’t have to be further inconvenienced by their presence than we already are?
And a Spanish version of The Star-Spangled Banner called “Nuestro Himno” (Our Anthem) that perverts the words of the original to include protection from our evil laws is just plain ridiculous. Next thing you know, they’ll want that eagle perched on a cactus eating a snake that’s in the middle of the Mexican flag (Nuestra Bandera) superimposed on the stars & stripes.
So these illegal aliens staged a big protest, most notably in Los Angeles. It was more like a solidarity march supporting the “rights” of Mexican illegals. They’re not interested in being assimilated into our society. They would rather just have their way—a free ride. Why are they even being given that much latitude? They’re not citizens. I guess the constitution guarantees equal protection under the law for all residents, but it does not guarantee protection from the law. We had all these self-declared illegals conviently esconced in one place—so why the hell didn’t we arrest them and deport them?
Furthermore, they didn’t change anybody’s opinion about harboring them and their buddies. Only politicians, whose votes somehow involve the perceived solidarity between illegals from south of the border and legal immigrants from Spanish speaking countries (i.e., registered voters), showed a great amount of empathy with the demonstrators. And the latest affront to us citizens is that many of the same politicians would dearly love to make voting legal for illegal immigrants. Yeah, you read that right—if that isn’t a corrupt concept, then how do we define corruption?
The argument that “we’re all immigrants” doesn’t wash. My great-grandparents emigrated here from European countries where English was not spoken. When they came here, they wanted to become citizens for reasons of not only economic opportunity, but also to escape persecution. They wanted to be Americans, and they renounced their Russian or German citizenship to become citizens here. And they quickly learned the language of their new home. Three generations hence, I am not speaking Russian or German; I am speaking English.
The citizenship test, by the way, is not as grueling as you might have been told. A Scottish friend of mine became a citizen a couple of years ago. She declared the test so easy as not to have been worth the time she took to study for it. Ahhh, but she’s from an English speaking country, you say? Yeah, how ’bout that! So, tough—those who take the test, who desire to become part of this country and who have been permanent legal residents here the required five years, will have to learn English. Is that too much to ask?
The country did not grind to a halt as they thought it would when the wetbacks left their menial jobs, thus proving how inconsequential they really are. As for the cheap labor aspects of the contrived justification for these clowns being here with rights but not responsibilities, that doesn’t wash, either. If American businesses weren’t saddled with the perception that they must give these illegals and others who refuse to assimilate a crutch—such as the aforementioned need to have their damn telephone menu systems speaking Spanish—they’d be able to afford to hire real Americans. And there are plenty of real Americans—including legal immigrants—who would be grateful to have those jobs.
Just because we’ve loosened things up in the past 50 years or so doesn’t mean things have to stay the way they are. The illegals don’t want to be Americans; they want to be Mexicans, earning American dollars. Why should we tolerate this attempted takeover?
I say, vote only for candidates who support protecting our borders and ending the free ride for illegal aliens.