I know it is easy to confuse PEOPLE and GOVERNMENTS - we often say that "this country" or "that country" hates us, but are we talking about their political views or the millions of people who are innocent or opinion-less about issues because they fight hard every day to survive and have no time to form opinions about anyone else - we just hear generic phrases like "The French hates the US" but is it the people or the politics - or both? Well.... maybe the French are not a good example, we know the answer already to that one, but other countries, real countries, not a smelly gay countries like France :shock:
I say some of this tongue and cheek and mean no disrespect for the MILLIONS who have come here legally and made this (in our opinion) the GREATEST COUNTRY ever on the face of the Earth. The only problem is, OFTEN our government fails to serve "We the People" and they make us look bad and evil and aggressive and war-mongering to everyone OUTSIDE of our fence-less borders. I'm not happy at the thought that we are perceived by the intentions of our government, but equally so, that is how we see most other countries.
But I get a kick out of how the French gives the US a "Statue of Liberty" then we inscribed A line from a poem, â€œThe New Colossus,â€ by the nineteenth-century American poet Emma Lazarus proclaiming "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door." and because we are people with good intentions accept the gift and place it in our most known port of Immigration - next thing you know, we are expected to live up to the words inscribed on that green behemoth. It is not a worm-hole for all to pass, it is a "promise" to those who do so legally that the American Dream should always exist for those willing to come here and work hard and YES to learn English (whether you think so or not) and become proud of what you have accomplished and make America proud "no matter what your limitations or disabilities" become something that would honor both where you come from and where you are.
I was watching a show on CURRENT TV (a TV channel created by Google) and they showed an American woman interviewing Mexicans as they crossed the border - the border was a three foot tall piece of wired fence that couldn't keep a rabbit from crossing into Arizona, let known a man, woman or child seeking a promise of unknown riches at "dirt-poor" wages.
The biggest hurdle was getting 40 miles from the border to the nearest town, walking through some very dry land. Many Mexicans simple gave up and were taken by customs back to their country, only to try it again a week or two later with "hopefully" a better plan to make it.
I'm for a MOAT around the country's borders, it would cost a lot up front, but pay for itself eventually. Something TALL on both sides with a lot of water and barbed wire in the middle. Enough water to allow very fast boats to cruise and protect it and a policy that "This is NOT a warning, it is is PROMISE - stay out and come to this country legally.
Not a barrier designed to KILL those trying to make it here, but something FORMITABLE to break their spirit and deter them from attempting to come in the first place. After a few thousand failed attempts, people would get the idea and their way of thinking would change.
I'm along the Atlantic Coast a long ways away from Mexico, but we deal with illegal immigrants here on a large scale, I can not imagine what the southern states are dealing with, but I can honestly see that they are getting tired of dealing with this issue and unless something is done to curb the problem, people are going to go postal down there. I frankly would never want to see that happen, no matter how bad the threat - but it is a serious issue and PUSH COME TO SHOVE the citizens will not loose that fight, I know it in my soul.
Our biggest problem is SIZE of the borders, I don't think any of us argue that IF we had a smaller borders to protect, it would not be such a pressing and constant issue. But we have no check-point Charlies (and thank God we don't) but this problem should NOT be a necessary evil - Americans business should be accountable for their hiring practice and no one should be forced to work for two dollars an hour JUST BECAUSE we are incapable of offering a wage citizens are willing to (or able to) work for. We all have to eat, have housing, raise families and hopefully thrive. The only ones benefiting from low wages are the people paying the wages.
Time for a moat, and not on just the southern border - I'm sure the Canadian entry points allows a cesspool of the worlds terrorists and lowlifes to enter, and we are busy looking to the south, because we can easily spot the immigrants coming through those imaginary lines in the sand. I swear, most of the boarders only exist on maps and in GPSs - there aren't even DRAWN LINES in the sand in many places.
I wish everyone the chance of being an American if THAT is their wish, but it can not be through a "back alley abortion" mentality, we are raised to think people need to play by the rules - even when the rules are warped and wrong and top-heavy to the rich and affluent, they are still rules and like-them-or-not we live by them, change them in the voting booth or we should leave.
We owe EVERYTHING to immigration, our greatest minds came from elsewhere or were born from those who came to this country. I'm of Irish descent, but I'm am American, not an Irish American - if placing your culture before your citizenship makes you feel better, that is okay, but I'm an American and honored to be one - even when the handful (and it isn't many when you do the math) sit in political office and try to shape the world in a way that will live on LONG after they pass. I think we have too many people in the government who want to leave a lasting impression on the planet, instead of doing what we elected them to do which is make OUR lives better. It is NOT selfish to expect your elected officials to serve your wants and needs.
We captured Nazi scientists and from their knowledge, put men in space and on the moon - we haven't always done the right thing, but I would hope we have done it for the right reasons. I'll end here saying I'm afraid that this is a real powder keg about to explode. I know for many people who LIVE in the states most effected by illegals that this is NOT a new issue, but a life-long toothache and you see that people are forming posses and you really don't know how you feel about that - or you may have had enough and think it's time to stand your ground. It is easy for me to say "calm your jets" but I don't walk in your shoes. I have never felt threatened in such ways, but I know I get VERY DEFENSIVE very quickly when my comfort zone is trespassed on.
If any of this seems OUT OF ORDER, I cut and pasted a lot of stuff and I apologize for the scattering of ideas.