In this illegal immigration debate there is much mud slinging by both sides of the argument. Generally this comes from the extremes of the argument rather than those closer to the middle.
Those on the far right that are against immigration altogether or at least against any plan to give those illegal immigrant in our country a chance to become legal citizens are often called racist. Sometimes this is done as a knee jerk reaction and sometimes it is founded, on some level, in truth.
Then there’s those on the far left that do support more immigration and/or a method for which illegal immigrants can become citizens are often called traitors. Though I would be grouped into this category by some the truth is I don’t support open borders, but I do support a stringent program through which illegal immigrants can become citizens. I basically support any humane, civilized, and compassionate solution.
Does this make me a traitor? No it certainly does not. I understand the blessing I received simply by being born in this country, but I also understand the past of this country and refuse to let those atrocities happen again. I will not allow hate groups to stir up anti-Hispanic sentiment to fuel their personal agendas. This country is a compassionate country. We donate hundreds of billions of dollars per year to charities, may of which are abroad and we donate many hours of our time to help those less fortunate. As a caring country we must not lose our hearts simply because a person is here illegally.
Now does being against illegal immigration make you a racist? No, it does not. What makes you a racist are inflammatory statements about another race, or culture, meant to incite some idiotic sense of superiority. As an example, if I state that Mexicans are “fat and lazy” that is racist. I’ve labeled a whole group of people together, claimed they have horrible traits merely for being in that group, and I’ve done it to incite a sense of superiority to others in my group.
Not all anti-illegal immigrant groups take to name calling to prove their point. There are some that simply state the numbers and the fact that being here illegally is against the law. Well, that I cannot debate except to try and change the law. Since it is against the law, at this time, what can I say? It’s only when the racism creeps in that I have a problem.
When a group states that all illegal immigrants are rapists and murders, as many have done, I have a problem with that. Not only because it’s merely a small percentage of the 12 – 20 million illegal immigrants that have actually committed violent crime, but because many of them are children. So these groups are claiming that children are rapists and murderers. That’s obviously absurd.
When a group feels that they need to burn another country’s flag to show people from that country that they’re not welcome I have a problem with that. When a group sticks video cameras in peoples faces in an obvious attempt to anger them and then shows everyone how mean those people are I have a problem with that too.
So being against illegal-immigration does not make you a racist, but your comments do and being in favor of better treatment of illegal-immigrants as well as those Hispanics that are so often mistaken for illegal immigrants does not make you a traitor.
It’s no secret that illegal immigrant raids by ICE will capture many people that are not illegal. Many reports state how swift and violent these raids can be and nobody I know would want their family members thrown around like pieces of garbage because ICE felt they “fit the description” of an illegal.
Now the hard core anti-immigrants are constantly having to defend themselves as not being racist. If you say terrible things about another ethnic group then you’re going to be called a racist. On this site I’ve devoted a few posts to a person I feel has made racist statements along with anti-immigrant statements. Some of them include:
Mexicans in general are users and takers and display an arrogance like no other culture. That is why Americans are starting to turn against them. For years we have probably had illegal immigrants from other cultures but this wave of arrogant Mexicans is waking us up to the entire problem and that will be their ultimate undoing which will send them back home. YAY!
We don’t need no stinking Mexicans in our towns and cities. If they want to come here legally, they are welcome to but most that are coming here illegally are not qualified to come here because they are not educated and they are without skills. That is WHY they are coming here illegally because they know we don’t really want them to come in the front door.
You want to fix the problem campaign for Mexico to take care of their own people dammit! It’s NOT OUR PROBLEM.
It doesn’t matter what label you want to give to people who break our laws. Calling them “undocumented” and “migrants” does not make Americans like it any more than if we call them what they really are “illegal aliens”. I think some better names for today might be “trunk rats” because wetback is SOOO passe…
Here I’ve been labeled a socialist and communist, which I am not.
Ahh.. the keyword “struggle” is used by socialist and communists. So now we see the truth about Charles Symsess eh?
Oh and did you know that slavery has been around ever since man walked the earth? Slaves built the pyramids. Should we tear them down because of it?
Commenting on the genocide against American Indians:
Give it up.. this is the way the world works and has worked for thousands of years. If people cannot defend their country against an invasion then the invaders take over. Oh yeah.. just like is happening now with illegal aliens. In Mexico it was the Spaniards. In Darfur it is the Muslims. Take ANY country and you will find another country has invaded it in the past – sometimes the invaders dominate and start a new country.. sort of like the United States of America.. We must have done a good job or so many would not want to come here.
Furthermore – we don’t need MORE IMMIGRANTS. We don’t need to help them come here FASTER. We already admit more immigrants to our country than ALL THE COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD COMBINED. Why on Earth do we need to bring in MORE? Don’t you like living on a 1-2 acre plot of land or do you prefer living like rats in a 500×500 lot? Immigrants built this country and any legal immigrants who go through the arduous process of coming here, deserve to come here and deserve to become a citizen. Our immigration process is NOT an open door. As a country we want to FILTER and allow in the best and the brightest – not the unskilled, uneducated lowlifes like we are getting smuggled in the backs of trucks. There is a REASON ALL COUNTRIES HAVE IMMIGRATION LAWS INCLUDING MEXICO. THERE IS A REASON IMMIGRATION IS LIMITED INTO A COUNTRY. I’M SICK AND TIRED OF THE US BEING PAINTED AS MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR IMMIGRANTS. TRY LOOKING UP ANY OTHER IMMIGRATION LAWS FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY INCLUDING MEXICO AND
SEE HOW THE US COMPARES WHY DON’T YA???
And that’s why I’m here because my town is starting to look like Mexico. We have a historic district in my town in Norristown and it looks more like historic Mexico. They all stick together; there’s about fifty or sixty Mexican markets and things like that – they all stick – it’s just what’s happening to town so that’s why I’m here.
I also got mad when in my suburban neighborhood a house was bought, that is a group home, and this woman over here brought that up and it is a big problem. They buy a house – it was bought by the father – and there are three daughters, they each have children in our schools. None of them can speak English and it’s trashy out front – there’s two play pens out front.
So to sum it up – my problem are the terrible comments mixed in with comments that probably do speak to the mindset of many people on this issue. Though I don’t agree with everyone – I don’t have to nor do they have to agree with me, but if people are going to go around making terrible statements about a whole ethnic group then I’m going to make a note of it on this blog. Unfortunately for Ruth I’m in the northeast so those are the groups I pay attention to.
If I’ve made an unfair conclusion based on the comments quoted above then I apologize, but I don’t feel that I’ve done so. I believe any sensible person would infer from the above quoted statements that the person who wrote them has a problem with Hispanics – in particular, Mexicans.
My criticism also includes for Voice Of The People USA and Joey Vento of Geno’s Steaks. Though most members of Voice Of The People USA are more careful with their language. The only problem they have is making their website look pretty and sometimes they’ll have major spelling issues. Illegal Protest, on the other hand, run by Ruth Miller, goes of the deep end with hateful statements and then refuses to acknowledge it. Instead Ruth is now threatening me for posting about her on this site. Well, I’m sorry I’ve done it because the fact that the material to post was there means we have a long way to go to make this world a better place.