The other nite I had a rather heated discussion regarding illegal immigration. It started over this person comparing the prejudicial and discriminatory treatment that many illegal immigrants are supposedly being subjected. This maybe due to the fact the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the country are from Mexico and the explosion of the Mexican population mainly comes from illegal immigration. So there may be some mis-identifying between those of the Latino population who are here legally and those who are here illegally. That is the collateral element of this issue.
But that not withstanding, this person’s position was based on comparing the prejudice and discrimination of Mexican illegal immigrants today and that which this person’s parents suffered after legally immigrating from Europe after World War 2. This shows the success of the confusionist’s argument on this issue to distort the key word in this discussion, that being illegal, verses legal. It is not about “race”, ethnicity, or one’s place of origin. It is an issue of morality and right verses wrong. The most important issue that we may ever face in this country.
The confusionist want us to get emotionally mis-directed over this issue and want us to strenuous compare and attach it to the mistreatment of the Black-American during the Civil Rights Era, the European-American following World War 1 and 2, the so-called Indian-American, or some other disenfranchised or mistreated American. But the glaring and most relevant point of fact in this matter is of legal and illegal presence in America. I am not trying to belittle or excuse the mistreatment imposed on the Black-Americans, European-Americans, or any other group who have a legal presence in this nation. Humans are flawed creatures and at times do things that are inexcusable. But, think of it as though you are a homeowner with two guest, one invited and the other uninvited. Though you are very mad at both for the extra expense and inconvenience their presence have caused you, but you are more angry at the uninvited guess, just because his expenses are unduly burdensome. Due to the fact that his presence is unsolicited and felonious.
I remember when I was young in school that it was a literal offense for someone to cut in front of you while standing in line. We called it “French Cutting” to allow a friend or someone to get right in front of you, to only have him get behind you. There was a greater moral conscience back then it seems. To be moral is defined as, “relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior”. How can we rationally justify to the youngest of us, who are beginning to develop their boundaries of right and wrong, allowing those who have been identified as illegal or “undocumented” to access our educational and medical systems in manner that is not extended to those who are here legally as well as be favorably treated by those who are supposed to enforce the law; all at great financial and social expense. At the same time wanting to publicly hang by the short hairs some sports figure who may have cheated to gain an advantage in his profession? Are we so nieve to believe that this will not have them growing up with severely blurred boundaries of morality and not have a negative effect of our society? This is the moral dilemma this nation is faced with today and for which we will be remembered regarding illegal immigration and fair and equal treatment under the law. How we handle the issue of allowing people to openly cross the lines of what we have traditionally viewed as right and wrong. The heated debate is not just happening in my circle, but in millions of homes across this nation, maybe threatening to divide them. Is this the intent?
A strong position against illegal immigration is not against any Mexican, or any other foreign nation person, individually or personally. If I were in their shoes and allowed to come to a country to acquire a better standard of life no matter illegally or legally I would probably do the same. The cause of this divisive issue squarely resides at the feet of how the federal government is sanctioning this blatant disregard for its own laws and fiduciary duties to protect this nation and secure the blessing of liberty for our posterity and us. The fact of the matter is that there are nearly a hundred legal means of immigrating to this nation for various lengths of time and purposes that has made us the overwhelming destination for nation people since our creation. Why aren’t they being exhaustively explored and applied now? The bottom line is that we, the citizens of this nation, and those here illegally and negatively effecting our standard and quality of life are all pawns being pitted against each other in universal game of chess. To allow one nationality such preferential treatment is to allow the same for others till we have thousands of enclaves of nation people each with their own individual agendas and needs. Teddy Roosevelt prophetically warned of such thing when he stated, “The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”
At the end of the day, it will be shown whether or not we as Americans, who have as our foundation to be our own government and to choose a government that works to our demands, not have us work for its. Will we be shown to be a people determined to stand steadfast on the principle of right and wrong – no matter the inconvenience? Will we choose a government that reflects those unwavering principles? Or will the generations that follow see that we sold out or suppressed our principles lost in a purple haze of temporary benefit or mis-applied emotional content?