I’ve been waiting on blogging about the uproar over the proposed legislation regarding immigration. After reading this article, I’m pretty much losing what little sympathy I had left.
While I do understand their plight and how it may have been necessary for them to flee their home countries in an effort to better their lives and the lives of their loved ones, I still find it pretty laughable how anyone can demand rights from a country you entered illegally.
“We all know pay is not the same everywhere and lot of people won’t work for the minimum here, so if they won’t take the job, what’s the problem?” said 47-year-old Jose Salazar, who joined about 100 people outside Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record)’s office in Pittsburgh early Monday.
This excuse always bothered me, because I don’t completely find it to be true. There are a lot of people looking for jobs. Even those who may have initially balked at the idea of doing work they find demeaning have since changed their tunes as this country continues on with its downward economic spiral and jobs become scarce. True enough that when it comes to agricultural work, people like illegal immigrants will be exploited on dollar a day wages that many Americans will refuse to work; but, that is the exception not the rule.
Nineth Castillo, a 26-year-old waitress from Guatemala, said she has lived in the United States for 11 years “without a scrap of paper.”
Asked whether she was afraid to parade her undocumented status in front of a massive police presence, she laughed and said: “Why? They kick us out, we’re coming back tomorrow.”
Kudos for being honest, though your display of outright arrogance won’t garner you any support among Americans.
Carlos Carrera, a construction worker from Mexico, held a banner that read: “We are not criminals. Give us a chance for a better life.”
You entered the country illegally. You broke the law. You are a criminal.
Several hundred people gathered in Lexington, Ky., where demonstrators waved American flags and signs that read “We were all immigrants once,” and “We are not terrorists.”
Speak for yourself. A slave isn’t an immigrant. You’re not a terrorist, but you’re still breaking the law.
In Birmingham, Ala., demonstrators marched along the same streets where civil rights activists clashed with police in the 1960s and rallied at a park where a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands as a reminder of the fight for equal rights and the violence that once plagued the city.
And this is the part that upsets me the most. Do not liken your struggle to ours, because there is no correleation. How do you compare 400 of years of slavery and another hundred of legalized segregation to illegally entering a country and demanding the same rights actual citizens barely get anymore?
In my home county back in Texas, there is over a billion in unpaid medical bills because illegal immigrants skipped out on the bill. How many of you get free health care? Do you know how many times in one semester I have to send my school schedule just to keep my health coverage?
Then you have Vicente Fox acting as if illegal immigrants are entitled to rights. He should be more concerned about fixing the problems of his own country versus creating additional ones for us.
I’m not even understanding why are there so many protests going on. Come here, have kids, pay no taxes, get free healthcare, housing, and food stamps, send the money you do make back home, and leech off a system at the expense of the people it’s actually supposed to help. Haitians sure haven’t been afforded that same luxury over the years.
People are breaking the law, exploiting the system, then boldly declaring that this is just how it’s going to be and expect people to empathize. Fuck outta here…literally.