The right debate about Immigration

This post is a continuation from a previous post found here.

I am proud to be an American.  I love the US Constitution and the principles upon which it is based.  Every American citizen has a lot to be proud of, not because American’s are “better” than other nations, but because America has and does accomplish many great things.

Immigration Reform Rally 2010

The problem with the whole debate about illegal immigration, is that it has become more about national pride and cultural differences than about seeking to become great as a people and individually.  Rather than being thankful that there are people whose culture enables them to work at the jobs that most American adults would never do because of the low pay, we complain about how the “illegal immigrants” are taking jobs away from hardworking Americans.  Instead of being thankful for the diversity and strong family culture that many Hispanic people bring to America, we complain about how they have several families sharing the same house.

All of the problems that are brought up about illegal immigration are a red herring for what is really wrong with our country.  Mr. McAvoy describes what is wrong with our country, when he said at the end of his monologue, speaking of the great things that American has done in the past, “We could be all these things do all these things because we were informed – by great men – men who were revered.”  We are no longer informed by great men.  We spend our discretionary money and free time on entertainment more than on anything else.  The average American spends 4 hrs per day focusing on entertainment.

What is really wrong with the immigration policy in this nation is that it is bogged down with bureaucratic paperwork and red tape to the extent that it takes several years for someone to get here legally, unless it’s politically expedient for someone’s re-election campaign that they be approved quickly.  Another problem is that we are too justice minded when it comes to punishing those who get here illegally.  Yes, it is important that they follow the rules, for the same reasons that it is important that everyone obey the speed limit.

English: Speed Limit 80MPH on Interstate Highw...

The solution to what is really wrong with our country is to get back to what made us great in the first place – being informed participants in keeping our Federal, state, county, and city governments in check.  We need to learn how to strengthen our family relationships from the people who come here from the country on our southern border, and we need to invest our money and free time on something other than making sure our entertainment technology is state of the art. Not because of any real harm that is done by most of the people who break the rules, but because the rule of law, rather than the will of a monarch or aristocracy, is what has made this country one of the most free and prosperous in the world.  Ask yourself if you would be open to being punished to the full extent of the law for every infraction of the speed limit you have made, or if you are grateful for the amnesty you are given by the officer who just gives you a warning.

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