One thing to remember about the immigration debate is that we are all immigrants, and illegal immigrants at that. It might help in adjusting the pretentious self-righteous attitude of those who want to pillory the minority immigrants now living here also illegally.
I was reminded of this in watching a video, in the following link:
We, meaning we middle-European sailboat enthusiasts with guns, were not invited on this continent and had no compunction about the genocide we pursued.
From Christopher Columbus’s brutal enslavement of the Carib Indians through the “taming” of the West we were unwelcome, rampaging, belligerent, illegal immigrants swarming over and eradicating all we could not subjugate.
(From an account of the 1853 Rogue River Indian wars) “We hope that the Government will render such aid as will enable the citizens of the north to carry on a war of extermination until the last redskin of these tribes had been killed. Extermination is no longer a question of time – the time has arrived, the work has commenced and let the first man who says treaty or peace be regarded as a traitor.”
Such was the way we made peace with Native Americans.
Not Europeans, but Native. Americans.
That would be the millions of human beings already living on this land when European sailors stuck sticks in the beach with colored rags fluttering from the top and claimed the land for one despot or another. No deference to legal precedent there. Just out and out theft at the barrel of a cannon.
But now we want to claim some sort of legal privilege, based on…based on what exactly? Based on the fact that the theft occurred a long time ago, and well, let bygones be bygones, but these NEW immigrants, dammit, THEY need to vamoose. WE should get a free pass. Those pesky Americans, they didn’t really OWN the land. We do though, because, well, because we SAID we do.
They didn’t say that.
And we then drew up pieces of paper so huge tracts of that land could be given from distant despots to local despots to parcel out to sycophants or sell. Because they now OWN the land. Whatever that means.
I think it would be worth pondering our past as we look into our future, and consider the idea of amnesty as something we don’t have the right to give, something we haven’t earned the right to give, but something we ought to consider.
It is already in our law that those born here are considered native born Americans, legal citizens. And there are those who have a problem with that. I would submit that we are only a few generations removed from that very same complaint, no matter when your ancestors arrived. We have no more right to be here than they do.
We ought to welcome the gifts they bring to this great country and the hard word they are willing to bear. The dairy farmers in Idaho, the orange groves in Georgia, the beet fields in Nebraska, the meat packing plants Iowa, the vegetable farms in California, all benefit from their labor, and they care for the homes and families of the wealthy in every state in the union.
It is to the benefit of those same wealthy individuals and the businesses for which they labor that they remain conveniently illegal.
Because that allows for lower wages and dodging taxes and it enforces silence in the face of poor working conditions, sub-standard housing and outright abuse.
What does it cost us to allow them citizenship?
Little to nothing, other than perhaps some wounded pride that they might attain citizenship without first rounding up and eradicating the locals like we did. Which actually works to our advantage if you give it a little thought.
What would we gain?
From a purely mercenary standpoint, taxes for one thing.
And maybe an immigration policy that makes sense and addresses reality.