It’s important to let the government know (for those that do) that you feel these immigrants should be treated with compassion. The raids and detention centers are not the way to go. They do nothing toward a solution to this problem which exists first and foremost because jobs are here for these immigrants. As a nation America drives the world and as a nation we could do so much to help other countries just as we’ve done to hurt them. When we hear stories of child slave-labor for the Gap and other US companies it is us US citizens that are responsible. This is no different than knowingly buying a stolen television from someone, justifying it because it’s such a good deal. Well, somebody suffered for that just as they do for us citizens of the United States of America. When we become responsible to the world then we can deal with the reasons so many end up here looking for a better life.
Strangely, if a mother and father failed to provide for their children in the United States many would look down on them as terrible people, but when a mother and father risk their lives to provide for their families in the US then they’re criminals. Once we can find compassion and care for others the answer, and solution, to this problem will soon follow.
Write, fax, call, and email your representatives and let them know you care. Even if you’re against illegal immigrants at least let the government know you favor compassionate solutions over abhorred blitzkrieg style violent raids.
Congress passes on immigrant problem until after 2008 – Full Story
Two California lawmakers say it’s unlikely any measures to legalize the nation’s 12 million illegal residents will come to a vote.
By Lisa Friedman
WASHINGTON – First there were protests and rallies for new immigration laws. Then, after repeated failures to pass major reform, came the promises and recriminations.
Now two leading lawmakers – Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, the chairwoman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, one of the key negotiators in all immigration bills – are openly acknowledging that no measures legalizing any of the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants is likely to come for a vote until after the 2008 presidential election.
“I don’t think we’re talking comprehensive immigration in this Congress,” Berman said, using the Democrat term for legislation they see as incorporating both beefed up border security and employer verification as well as a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.