Amnesty – Offensive, Unfair, and Immoral to Immigrants

May 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm 1 comment

As I mentioned yesterday, the economic and social reality of the United States today is that we need and want the 12 million illegal immigrants. We require the labor they provide, and even if we didn’t, there is absolutely no way the country can round up 12 million people and deport them. Not only is it impractical and immoral, but it would be economic suicide. That being said, the loudest opposition war cry is that o f Amnesty. For some reason, the country has been swept up in the notion that allowing immigrants to stay in the country, with a defined (albeit incredibly difficult) path to citizenship is paramount to forgiving someone for committing murder. There is so much heat regarding the amnesty issue, that the current bill being debated requires illegal immigrants to go back to their country of origin before they can become citizens here. That is just an impractical, stupid, and very costly requirement that is totally out of place and accomplishes nothing.

Let’s talk about amnesty. Firstly, what crime was committed? Illegal immigrants entered into the US without proper papers. Good point, but is that it?

What about the businesses that hired illegal immigrants?

What about the businesses that didn’t pay overtime?

What about the businesses that paid below minimum wage?

What about the country that stood by and allowed the exploitation of immigrants?

What about the social conscience of the nation that mistreated them?

On the one hand you have a dedicated, hard working person, who crosses the border because there are readily available jobs. He pays taxes, he lives in terrible conditions. He works hard. He is exploited. On the other hand you have illegal activity happening every single day by the 10s of thousands of businesses that hired illegal immigrants.

Shouldn’t we allow someone who has been exploited by our country, who has served us so well, and who only came because we asked him to, allowed the chance to become citizens?

This isn’t amnesty, its fairness!

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  • 1. Ryan  |  May 31, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Very interesting thoughts. I haven’t yet completely formed my opinion on this issue, but your comments have given me another perspective to consider.

    Reply

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