Election season is behind us, but the illegal alien debate is swirling around again due to the election results. My position with regards to immigration are pretty simple:
You should generally uphold the laws of countries you visit, including border, residency, work, sovereignty, etc.
Living and working in a country in violation of its immigration laws is not a one-time act of crossing a border. Rather, it is an ongoing, perpetuated fraud.
As someone who has dealt with the ramifications of having her identity stolen by an illegal alien, I am keenly aware of the damage that can be done by those who disregard our laws. As the mother of someone whose first car—scrimped and saved for and bought with cash by a college student—was totaled by an unlicensed, uninsured illegal alien, I'm painfully aware of how others pay the price for those who don't respect US law.
To add just a touch of drama to our (true) story, the same daughter was a passenger in a coworker's car totaled by another illegal alien, almost exactly one year to the day after her own accident.
Funny thing is, people who justify breaking laws for personal gain, have an unsurprising tendency to justify breaking laws for personal gain.
I'm a bit disillusioned with the constant cries for “compassion” when they are only directed at those who are committing the fraud and never directed toward the law-abiding, hard-working, legal citizens who are the victims of that fraud.
In the ongoing immigration saga, one of the most common defenses for allowing people who are here illegally to stay here illegally, is that “they do jobs Americans won't do.” I've wracked my brain for years over that, and I can't for the life of me figure out what those jobs are.
I went through the list of jobs I've done in my life—sometimes for a pittance. Here they are:
- Door to door greeting card sales
- Fence staining/painting
- Picking fruits and vegetables for local farmers
- Door to door candle sales
- House cleaning
- Laundry and ironing
- Flier distribution
- Phone solicitation
- Lawn mowing
- Sod laying
- Power raking
- Fast food cook
- Fast food cashier
- Cafeteria dish room
- Cafeteria food prep
- Cafeteria server
- Jewelry store sales
- CAD designer
- Desktop publisher
- Business owner
Next, I created a list of jobs my husband, Sam, has done:
- Alfalfa farm hand
- Trench digger
- Construction worker
- Grocery bagger
- Electronics sales
- Door to door sales
- Oil rig roughneck
- Research assistant
- University professor
- Business owner
There are a heck of a lot of dirty, low wage, menial labor, ugly uniform jobs on those lists. So, what am I missing? What other undesirable jobs are there? What jobs are supposedly only done by illegal aliens because no one else will do them? Are the garbage men all non-Americans? Do septic system companies only draw employees from the undocumented?
If we're going to have an honest debate about immigration reform, we need to do it with honest rhetoric. That should include not only the difficulties people face in other countries and the perplexing problem of those who were brought here illegally as children by their parents, but also of the damage and harm done to law abiding American citizens by all illegal immigration and the truth that Americans—at least those who weren't raised to vote for freebies and handout—will work hard at just about anything in order to take care of their families and improve their situations and the world around them.
Only with the full impact of illegal immigration and the status quo can we make reasonable decisions.