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The Immigration “Problem”—Why We Need Them More Than They Need Us.

There is a huge tide of fear and resentment toward Mexicans and Hispanics in our country today, especially in our uncertain economic times. The sentiment is that these people are bringing increased crime to our society. They traffic in drugs. Indeed, by crossing the border illegally, they take their first step in the United States as criminals one and all. So goes the sentiment. What we overlook is that our borders have been permeable for years, as have the borders of Germany, France, and many other nations. This is because of an unspoken understanding between businesses and governments, involving the convenience of undocumented workers and the lack of responsibility. This is not to say that our mass of illegal immigrants is free. The burden shifts to government instead of business, simply. We all pay for more schools and hospital services, and businesses get to keep their profit margins. Meanwhile, we all benefit by cheaper food prices, and cheaper services. So, there is a trade off.

The issue of schools and healthcare are serious, as many alarmists point out. What goes unmentioned and unnoticed is that many illegal immigrants already do support Medicare and Social Security. How? Illegally, of course. Most employers require documentation, which is often falsified. So, under false pretences, many illegal immigrants get deductions taken from their checks just like anyone else. There is no way to accurately quantify how much of this false money comes in, but every bit helps.

Traditionally, you will find the Hispanics performing jobs that no one wants, which only means jobs that do not pay enough to make ends meet in a typical American household. Of course, some will argue that the immigrants have deflated the wages in those areas, and it is hard to disagree, but such is the state of things in our society today. We have modernized to the point that menial labor has been undervalued. How many times in the past century has manpower been replaced by machinery? This trend continues—therefore, manpower is devalued. Our immigrants simply make devalued labor affordable; but what exactly do the rest of us do? In theory, we get superior educations that allow us to enter specialized careers, ones that pay us a higher standard of living. Why this isn’t happening can be another argument altogether, but that is the theory.

In addition to performing the labor that we can’t otherwise afford, our people from the south provide other less tangible benefits to us. They invigorate our society with fresh enthusiasm and perspective, something that immigrants have done for our country from the start. Most of them are hardworking, thrifty, family-oriented people, the kind of people that help form a strong and healthy society. This is good news for our drug-washed MTV society, if the influx of new people can remain untainted by our decadent Western ways, but only if.

What to do with perhaps 20 million illegal immigrants? We won’t send them all home at this point, so they will be absorbed into our society through forgiveness residency programs, ones that will collect between five hundred and a thousand dollars (possibly more) per person to make them retroactive residents. In other words, our government stands to reap billions of dollars for the effort. Once our twenty million are legally here, they can begin contributing to Social Security. The bolster to social security is just what the doctor ordered to shore up our declining assets. Since most Hispanics don’t take education for granted, the children who grow up here (if they are not defiled by MTV) will be well educated, and become our doctors, engineers, mathematicians, and statesmen—if we allow them that chance. This rising income and quality of life will benefit our whole society in obvious ways, and provide many of our native offspring with support as they continue to absorb the negative waves emitted from our media. While some would argue that we are becoming a third world country because of our illegal immigrants, I counter that we are doing it in spite of them. We do it to ourselves, with high credit limits, low savings, and disdain for practical higher education. Our surplus of immigrants might help us to stave off our decay from within for just a bit longer.

It is just as important to understand why we have such a bounty of poor uneducated immigrants to begin with. Our immigration laws are to blame, because the cost of a visa application prohibits the poor from considering that as an option. Those souls who do all the right things and pay the fee (about two thousand dollars) still have no guarantee of being accepted even when the paperwork is in order and there is no discernable reason to be denied other than exceeding an artificially low quota. The application fee does not get refunded! As a result, the intellectual cream of Mexico and Central America are denied access while our high tech industries remain desperate for qualified applicants—a condition that deprives us all of a higher standard of living. Instead, we have possibly 20 million inhabitants with low education and low skills. Fortunately, even these are more of an asset than liability, as explained before.

Finally, I have to address the first fact; all of our illegal immigrants committed crimes with their first step on United States soil. This is sadly true. I can only imagine as I sit in the comfort of my own living room what kinds of adversity and desperation most of these people faced every day before finally making the decision to risk it all to come to a strange and hostile country to start a new life. I say hostile because that is how our society often treats these foreigners based on my own observations. To risk it all to come to another country with no idea of what work they will do or how they will live—or if they will even survive the journey—and to leave behind them their own network of family, friends, and society takes desperate conditions indeed. In the 1850´s, abolitionists were so adamant on their position that they would often break the law and risk their lives and livelihoods in order to correct a grievous social wrong. Today, these abolitionists are hailed as heroes and visionaries, and are deemed in retrospect as ministers of a higher moral law beyond the realm of official conditions. I can only hope that we, too, will recognize that our illegal immigrants are blameless of violating the higher moral law, since most of them simply want to work and provide for their families. Let’s make amnesty a reality for them.

"We sit here stranded though we're all doing our best to deny it." (Visions of Johanna) Bob Dylan

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