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Because Alan Keyes is going to the anti-migrant town of Hazleton to announce his leaving the GOP for the Constitution Part it’s important to look at his views on immigration as he has obviously chosen Hazleton for a reason.
I hadn’t done much research on Alan Keyes’ views on immigration and though he is an eloquent speaker of obvious intelligence I don’t think he addresses this issue properly. The first issue I have with his immigration commentary is his stating that Mexico has a tough and unforgiving immigration policy which he then refutes by stating Mexico city has suffered an influx of migrants. If they have a tough immigration policy then how is this possible? As he stated, and others from the anti-migrant camps have as well, Mexico does not tolerate undocumented migrants. Therefore, we must presume this influx is made up entirely of legal migrants into Mexico.He also states that we are irresponsible to allow people to come in and not “enforce the laws” because we are not offering these migrants a fair shot at the ‘American Dream’ or as he stated they will be “fulfilling their dreams – not stewing because we have been so careless of them they can no longer reach for them.” Well, what about the simple fact that they, even with the ICE cloud of uncertainty, still have a better shot at attaining that dream here then they do in their native countries? This issue with immigration is not a border issue. It expands across the globe which suffers for our desires and through our castigation – as we see in Iraq where a body of innocent people suffer because we wanted to remove a man who we placed into power. It’s easy to state that this has nothing to do with immigration and focus on the simple fact of ones being here without documentation, but the truth is these issues go hand in hand. As powerful as America is (though we see the power slipping) we have the ability to positively effect non-violent change across the globe which will help people to fulfill their dream without having to pack their bags first.
We have some people that are economically benefitting from illegal immigration – let’s not close our eyes to this. We have folks who are perfectly minded to have illegal immigrants come in – they are a vulnerable portion of the workforce, they can be eploited for their labor and then tossed into the welfare system and the whole result reaps profits for somebody at the expense of both the poor the illegal immigrant and the public good.
Yes, people exploit the exploitable all over the world and the U.S. is no exception to this. If we’re not buying sweatshop clothes and goods made in other countries then we’re bombing the hell out of their citizens while asking them to thank us and smile. Just look at the number of refugees we’ve created in Iraq because of our ‘War on Terror’ which we should be calling the ‘War of Terror.’ Truthfully I believe the majority of undocumented migrants are happy to be working and most likely do not feel exploited by anyone other than the U.S. government itself for not allowing them a proper path to citizenship. For those that are exploited (which is trully a terrible situation) our government and anti-migrant camps are the ones allowing this to happen because they force these workers into the shadows where they have not voice.
And then we have some folks in our country – and I’m not going to suggest that they’re all in the Democrat party, but we have some folks in this country who look at this as a political opportunity. That you can have people come in and then you start relaxing access to the ballot in various clever ways so that people can register without a scrutiny of who they are, where they come from, where they were born and whether in fact they are a part of the citizen body and before you know it you can be influencing elections right, left and center by corrupting the integrity of the electorate in this very direct way. So we have some forces in this country who don’t want to solve the problem of illegal immigration and we need to identify them and openly challenge them so that we can build a solid majority in favor of meeting our responsibility to our people and the world.
First I’d like to talk about the election issue. It’s funny that a member of the GOP is ranting about corrupting elections. Look at what happened in Florida. I’ve even experienced this myself. I have been voting at the same location for three years and last election I showed up to find my name had been removed from the list. Therefore I filled out a paper ballot only to receive a letter in the mail explaining that my vote had not counted. So here I am – a long time American born voter being denied my right to vote. I obviously corrected this issue and luckily it was only a primary, but the point is if an American citizen is being denied their right to vote how will an undocumented citizen be given one? I think the GOP has the book on changing elections and Keyes should be dealing with his own (though former) party on that issue. I’m glad, however, that Keyes addressed our responsibility to the world (though in an extremely brief manner) because that is precisely the heart of our immigration issue in my opinion. We have to ask ourselves why people feel they must leave their native countries to come here for a better life. Why can’t everyone have a better life at home or in the U.S.?