June 18, 2005
Missing the boat on Illeagl Immigration
Crossposted from Loaded Mouth.
I just read (without screaming, surprisingly enough) this editorial on an illegal immigrant in my hometown rag. It's short, which allows me to pull a Gilliard and quote the whole thing.
Illegal immigrant goes homeArgh.
So instead of embracing the intelligent portions of America's youth, we should instead celebrate the fact that we're shipping valedictorians out of the country just because, and through no fault of their own, they happened to be here illegally? And let's make no mistake here, this teenager was an American despite the status of his legality. How far will the hatred of illegals go? How far will it be allowed to go before even the most ardent Republican realizes that it's harming the country?
Very often in our supposedly "liberal" media, the only facets we're allowed to view, concerning stories about illegal immigrants, are the negative ones. We see them as criminals when they've been in the country for a while, or as pathetic border-hoppers who have the audacity to dare coming onto our land to make a better life for themselves, like we should now assume that those are evil intentions. What's never included in the discussion is an admittance to the fact that many illegals are mavericks who embody the very best in what are supposed to be American values: they are willing to do anything to provide a better life for themselves and their family, grasping for the American dream. In many respects, these illegals are more American than many of those who were born to privilege within our borders who haven't done a day of hard work in their lives. They never worked for anything, they just sit back and get it: cars from their parents, loans for school, jobs because they have the right connections. In fact, judging from how Americans loathe to lift a finger to protest the government or fight for a better life (or even do so much as vote), I find it rather ironic that our media and the supposedly most patriotic segments of our political society demonize those who don't harbor a lazy and apathetic view of life. Perhaps they feel threatened by the presence of people who will actually work hard to better themselves.
Youth are supposed to be the future of America, so what does it say about a country when they ship its valedictorians out of its borders? We're shipping our leaders out of the country, and then we're arrogant enough to believe that they should feel grateful for this punishment! This teenager should have been given a full schalorship to the University of Masssachusetts, not a one way ticket "home."
I've mentioned before at my blog that my family's roots in this country are a product of illegal immigration. My Grammie had no legal right to be in this country when she arrived here, but she stayed, prospered, started a family, and here I am today. If you met me, you wouldn't peg me as a product of illegal immiigration: I'm white, speak English and I'm familiar with the local vernacular and culture, educated in the public school system, etc. Hell, I never even pegged myself as a product of illegal immigration until my Grammie told me so. I wonder how many other people out there are just like me and don't even know it. I wonder how many positive and truly American stories about illegal immigration slip through the cracks.
Fact is that if you kick us out, then America doesn't have a future. It would be good for some Republicans to keep such in mind the next time they boot a valedictorian from the country.
Posted by Tas at June 18, 2005 12:03 PM
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Tracked on June 18, 2005 12:13 PM
Tas, I am sorry but I do not agree that making illegal immigrants leave the US is hatred. They are here illegally, therefore they are breaking the law. That would be like saying it is hatred to give a speeder a speeding ticket.
And, I am the product of legal immigration. My Nonno and Nonna came to America as children, one still in the womb. My family had to go about things the legal way. They also had to work hard, send their children to school, and learn English. No one allowed them to speak their own language everywhere they went nor provided interpreters for them. They didn't change the language on products to include Italian either.
They didn't accuse anyone of discriminating against them. No group of citizens got together and claimed they were being mistreated nor demanded they get special treatment. And, they were here legally. They went through the steps, abided by the law, and became legal citizens.
Posted by: Rogue at June 18, 2005 06:08 PM
But how is a teenager who's here by no choice of their own really guilty? And if they are proving to be very intelligent and have the makings of a very leader of our society, does it make sense to deport these people?
Posted by: tas at June 20, 2005 03:06 AM
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