Thursday, May 19, 2005

The problem with the "Anti-Immigration" Right

Of course they say they are not anti "immigrant", they are only anti "illegal immigrant". They cover their rants with the righteous cloth of the Global War On Terror, and "They should wait in line to enter the US just like everyone else had to do". It's pointless to argue with them for they get vigorously agitated and angry and dismiss all logical but contrary points of view. It pains me to hear some of the conservative radio talk show hosts.........Laura Ingraham for instance, or Roger Hedgecock (the convicted conspirator/ex-mayor...........oh yeah, it was overturned on a technicality........even though the other three conspirators plead guilty) locally here in San Diego..........rant on incoherently about how the "Border is like swiss cheese and any terrorist could just walk across" (I guess they could if they were tiny rodents) and "They are taking our jobs and keeping wages down", and my favorite........"They come for the health care and education..........paid for by the taxpayers"

This all pains me so for I agree with them on 99.9% of all issues. I hate seeing them so blinded by this one, and am forced to wonder............"Are they just plain anti-Mexican?"

You see, Mexican and Central American migrants have been coming to America to work since before California was a state. They do in fact perform "the jobs that the rest of us won't do". They work hard for low wages in agriculture, and landscaping, restaurants and hotels. The other day I was stunned when Laura Ingraham, in a pathetic attempt to refute this fact, claimed..........."My mother was a waitress for 30 years!" though the illegals have the waiter/waitress jobs all Americans long for. No Laura, they wash the dishes and bus the tables, then, after the waiters/waitresses go home, they mop the floor, clean the grease traps, wash the owner's Mercedes, and generally get the place ready for the next day

Is there a problem with illegal immigration? Yes! But the problem is not the workers who work hard at honest jobs so they can send a little money home to support the families they see one or two months each year. The problem is that along with the hard working migrants come lawbreakers (don't try to tell me "they all are lawbreakers by coming here illegally" for I will be forced to prove you to be the biggest of hypocrites). These lawbreakers, mostly gang members and drug dealers/smugglers cause a lot of problems and use up a lot of resources (yes money, tax dollars).

We do need to have a border where everyone who comes here comes through a gate and is checked by proper authorities, but we will not get that sort of border until we also deal with the fact of the 10-13 million workers who are here and working productively.

President Bush wants to deal with the workers first. The ferocious anti-immigrant righties would be more productive if instead of their constant drone of "Bush is wrong" they would begin a drone of.........."Build the wall at the same time"


At 5:51 AM, Blogger RalphNelson said...

An insightful look at immigration

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on ol' Lechero, surly you realize that the old "why they work so hard" argument is quite old and patronizing by now. This is essentially the same old shtick that the Left has used, wither to promote weak criminal punishment in decades past ("why people only steal because they are poor and need to feed their family"), to the belief that we should give countless handouts and benefits to the poor without question, because somehow being poor make's one more moral than the rest of us.

But more to the point, isn't this moral pandering to illegal aliens at least partly a result of the guilt that people feel as a result of benefiting from poor illegal aliens? I don't want to be personal, but as someone engaged in the construction business, surly you are more involved in this type of thing than most.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger senorlechero said...

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At 7:56 PM, Blogger senorlechero said...


Thanks for reading my posts.

I think you are wrong, but there are many who agree with you.


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