I know this is a hot debate. It seems to reveal how truly desperate all of our politicians have become, that they trot out one of their most self-destructive (politically) distractions, just because it works. I guess it makes good theatre watching the political free-for-all, everyone turning on each other, trying to figure out what exactly on this green earth will get them re-elected. I though, am less entertained than confused, per usual.
Obviously laws are ridiculous if they aren't to be enforced. This is not a newly discovered philosophy, so I wonder... Why are there +/-11 million illegal immigrants here in the first place? Who lets them in and who hires them? Why do they hire them?
They hire them for profit, of course. Desperate, impoverished people come here illegally and hence work with no rights, for little. People who would obviously rather prosper in their own country. Some of us profit off of them, some of the rest blame them for everything. Remember that the party line is that the economy is doing great, meanwhile some citizens wish immigrants rounded up because our health and education systems are in disarray. What's wrong with the picture? It sometimes seems as if our country is being "liquidated." That is not the immigrants fault.
Point being, pass whatever laws you actually want to enforce, just don't blame immigrants for wanting to feed their kids if you are going to hire them. In most cases they work like dogs for scraps from our tables, and it is ignoble to treat them with contempt. If you disagree, let's call it what it is at least; "Dog eat dog," I'd respect you for that.
:: Damian B. 5/25/2006 [+] ::