Most in “America” have no problem with those who come over the border legally. Most in America have a problem with those that come over illegally. But I have a huge problem with a racial profiling bill written by Russel Pearce who seems to have close allies in the AZ Neo Nazis… How does one tell a legal immigrant from an illegal one? Why single out Hispanics when one out of every six illegals in this country are Caucasian or Asian… Or when an estimated 40,000-50,000 humans are brought to this country against their will to be prostitutes, sweatshop workers or servants (i.e. slaves). This bill is wrong on so many levels… not only because it’s unconstitutional.
There are about 2.5 million Hispanics in AZ (an est 500,000 are illegal), so 1 out of every 3 people in the state. Giving police open license to question anyone they “think” is suspect is wrong. It is an unreasonable search and is protected against in our constitution. Once you are a “legal” citizen, you are protected by the 4th amendment, are you not? What’s next, legal immigrants must show “outward” evidence of their legality? Should they sew patches on their jackets a la stars of David? This sets a dangerous precedent for the future.
Yes, millions of dollars are leaving the country to help their families back home and about one half of one percent of the our tax revenue in the US goes to schools and ER visits just for illegals. BUT, it has been estimated by the Social Security Admin that 3/4 of illegals pay payroll taxes. They add about $7-$10 billion a year into Social Security funds. So, it is even possible that the taxes they pay actually offset the services rendered… Ask yourself this, how does it compare with the BILLIONS spent in Iraq and the HUNDREDS of BILLIONS that leave the country due to corporate (both US and non US) greed and offshore investments? How many BILLIONS are spent on a useless drug war? Illegal immigration is the wrong fight at the wrong time. It pulls us away from the bigger issues in our country and around the world.
I don’t deny there is an immigration problem and that taxpayers pay a cost, but it will never end, even if we made illegal immigration punishable by death. For many illegals the prospect of death is what drives them here… If you’re an illegal immigrant trying to choose between a life of poverty, with no prospect of an education or a job, versus a life of poverty in America with an education and a job, it’s a very simple choice. You would risk deportation, prison or your life to do it.
There really are only two choices, make it easier to become a citizen or help them improve their own countries… To solve illegal immigration you have to give these people a reason to stay home, to believe there isn’t a better life up North. Our money would be better spent helping our neighbors and other illegal immigrants to get education and employment within their own borders.
But then, that’s not what we Americans are about, is it?
I imagine the native Americans felt much the same way when white Europeans flooded into their lands. It is what humans do. We are like a plague on this earth. Ebbing and flowing across borders. Consuming everything in our wake. Frankly I doubt anything will improve until population is controlled. The earth is overpopulated by about 1.5 billion people. 1 in 6 people go hungry every day. Immigrants (legal or not) will be the least of our worries when food and water start to be an issue for 1 in 3 people in 20 or so years.