Friday, September 28, 2007

Immigration soapbox

Recently in the world, The ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) have made raids on local and national businesses looking and arresting Illegal Immigrants. I have mixed feelings about illegal immigrants. On one hand, they help our economy in many different ways, but on the other hand, they drain our economy. I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about this. (This is my blog. The views and comments expressed are my own, so if you don’t like them…Eat it).

Yes, Illegal Immigrants come over and work jobs, send the $ back to their families in other countries and take advantage of the healthcare in our country. Some have RISKED their lives to jump a border and provide a good life for their family that is over here with them. Wouldn’t you? Think about it. You have a family that you are trying to support in a different country for 16 cents an hour. If someone told you that you could move to a different country and make $5.75 an hour flipping burgers or $6 an hour to mow lawns, wouldn’t you do it?

I am tired of hearing the excuse that they are coming to this country and stealing jobs. They are not stealing jobs; they are working the jobs that no one wants to do. (This next section is not written to offend anyone…I PROMISE). Our society today has become career conscious. People want to sound important, even if they are a blue collar worker. Who do you think is going to work harder at a fast food restaurant? An Illegal Immigrant who’s soul purpose for having that job is to keep it and supply food and shelter for his family. Or Billy Joe, whose dad said, “You need to learn the value of a dollar”, even though Billy Joe knows that regardless if gets fired for not showing up on time, he still has a home to go to every night.

I understand that 100% of Illegal Immigrants are not pure hearts and that some are drug dealers, smugglers, criminals, etc. My question to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is this, Why are we going after Immigrants that are WORKING at the time in Restaurants, Meat packing plants and other nationally recognized places? It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. If you know where they are, and are making a difference in society, why go in, shut down a business, deport people and leave their CHILDREN without care? I just don’t get it???

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