Watching a panel discussion on immigration with the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute in DC, and a speaker stated: “The Conservatives do not receive the immigrants’ votes, because immigrants WANT a bigger federal government, with more services, and more free health services, and higher wages.”
I find a few points to be ironic about that concept: (1) that due to instable governments, poor economic climates, or strong-armed federal policies, illegal immigrants look for a better alternative (i.e., the US), (2) that our US Constitution was founded on the premise of a government that values capitalism and the individual, whereby leading with a minimal amount of interference, and (3) that the existing US citizens have to alter their existing policies for people that come here illegally in the first place; instead of the immigrants accepting our policies, we are expected to alter ours to satisfy them.When my grandfather came to the US, via Cuba, they came through Ellis Island. They were documented. They were legal. Then, he served in our US Army in the Korean War. His father-in-law was the Consulate General for Guadalajara, San Salvador and Honduras. I believe in the American Dream, and the opportunities that we can (possibly) provide to those seeking a better life, yet…
I cannot support policy that grants special gratis to ANYONE that does not come here through the proper channels. Nor can I support OUR US policies, that advertise to these poor immigrants some fallacy of a “dream” with the promise of low-wage labor jobs, illegally bussing them in by the thousands to corporate farms, knowing fully that they have a “deal” with INS to deport a certain number of these farm workers to satisfy a hypocritical quota.
The problem with “freedom” is too many people get stuff for free….off the backs of those illegal laborers doing the jobs we Americans are “too good” to bother doing, and off the backs of hard-working Americans who have paid into the Social Security and healthcare system for their entire lives. Reform is so necessary. Immigrants absolutely boost our economy, and we need immigrants in the workforce, but not illegally. We need policy that grants work opportunity, while upholding our laws and decreasing the sentiment that we have “no expectations” of future citizens.
We SHOULD have expectations. We should expect those who want to live in this country to embrace US, as they expect US to embrace them.