Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Am I missing something?

As you all know, I have been and continue be an advocate for felon re-enfranchisement. It makes sense; people live in communities they should be able to vote (they are citizens afterall). However, the local push to make it legal for non-legal immigrants to obtain lisences is very, very, odd. Consider that if you are not a legal immigrant you have no status but yet you can still receive some forms of aid (I may be mistaken, but I believe you can receive WIC for you and your child-who may or may not be a legal immigrant as well). You may think I'm a hardline conservative and just don't like immigrants. Well, you'd be making a mistake. This country could be labelled the Immigration States of America. People have flocked to the US from all parts of the world...and many of those displaced some my ancestors, namely Native Americans who welcomed their lighter skinned brothers and sisters only to be....bah! that's for another time. Suffice it to say, the rule of law is critical to the stability of any country. That is why we are able to transfer power from one president to another. It's why we don't need a one to one ration between police officers and average citizens. It's why you and I are willing to cough up $175 for a speeding ticket with very little argument, your honor. And it's also why we must oppose granting lisences to non-legal immigrants...at all costs. Two months ago, I had a conversation with Representative Diaz about legislation she introduced that would grant non-legal immigrants the ability to obtain a lisence. Further, I do believe she introduced a bill that would disallow local police officers from inquiring about the immigration status of people they pull-over, arrest, detain, etc. I had a huge problem with this as I'm sure many of you have. I'm also sure many of you come from immigrants as recent as 2-3 generations ago. Again, this isn't about not wanting immigrants in this country because they might be bad for the country. It's about creating laws that do not subvert other laws. If we make it 'legal' for 'non-legal' immigrants to get a lisence, what are we saying? We are saying come to our country and/or state and do whatever you like. It's cool with us. Be legal, be illegal. It's all the same to us. My friends, that is a recipe for disaster and we cannot allow anyone to tell us otherwise. If they try to, just tell them that it's 'a load of crap!' Work to make it easier for non-legal immigrants to become legal. The immigration laws in the US are as tricky as a WWII minefield. That's where the fight should be taken. Don't fight to circumvent standing law and subvert its enforcement. Instead work to change the mentality of the power establishment on non-legal immigrants. What is that mentality? That they're latino or southeast asian and that all they want are some program to help them NOT work. Legislation such as this drivers license bill and the like perpetuate and support thinking of those who would like us to close our borders-retroactive to 1958 (sorry Cubans in Miami). Don't let them do it by taking cheap shots at immigration. Take a stand, fight the good fight, and work with would-be supporters (like myself) come to a reasonable solution. Anything less, is as I said, 'crap'.


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