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Immigration has become another hot debate in this country and among my generation. Even though I know there will always be borders between people, I refuse to see the easy way out in this situation. Arizona’s law that police officers can question people’s citizenship is an example of an easy way out. Humans are at stake here, people I know and love.

This is what draws me to this topic and these words.

According to CNN, in the year 2010 there were 12 million individuals who came to this country illegally. The majority of these men, women, and children came from Mexico—seven million.

Also, in 2010, around one million children were brought to the United States illegally, according to the Los Angeles Times. These children will more than likely be raised in this country as I was. They will go to elementary school like I did, middle school like I did, and high school like I did. They are America’s children just as much as I am.

But they don’t count according to our country’s government.

They are not that different...

They are not a part of the voting process like I am, they can’t go to college like I am, and they are not heard by politicians like I am.

Sometimes, I am afraid. I do not want my country to fall backwards. Even though we come from across borders and different cultures, every human is connected by the common emotions we share in life. Treating them like a number or a problem is something I cannot bring myself to do. Especially when this involves children.

I do believe that a country needs to have regulations and rules on how to cross its borders. These steps are supposed to ensure the country’s current citizens’ safety and its future citizens’ safety. But today, America has a definite problem with its immigration system.

The wealthy Mexican immigrants who are able to afford visas in Mexico, and get citizenship in America, are in a much better position than the poorer Mexican immigrants who do not have the money or the connections in their own country to obtain visas. America is not providing for these people who want a new life but do not have the money to get it. Freedom should not hold a price.

The number of Americans who want a more restricted immigration system seem to be wary of foreign people and different cultures. This is a problem that has been around for a long time. The unknown scares people.

However, people need to be reminded that they are dealing with human souls, families, and children. Not cockroaches that have invaded our houses.

In this country’s past people have struggled to make peace with one another and accept one another. I do not want to watch this great nation fall back. Returning to hatred and misunderstandings like we had in the ’60s is not the answer. With African Americans, whites struggled to change their viewpoints and accept them into their lives. They saw them as foreign and not like them. Some even thought them to be a lesser type of human. They did not call them equals. This is what this nation is coming to in dealing with immigrants if we continue to use words like “aliens” or “illegals.”

With individuals always assuming someone brown is from Mexico, and a Mexican is a dirty drug dealer, I am afraid of this type of prejudice turning into discrimination.

In the novel The Help, Kathryn Stockett expresses the need to show human compassion and understanding between different races and cultures.

“We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as I’d thought.”

We need to be more accepting of immigrants and treat them as people. Do not let this country go backwards. We have come so far.

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  • http://www.educatinghumanity.com Franklin

    Yes, these are real people with real lives but they are also putting such a burden on our schools, hospitals, DMV, prisons and soc sec that they are imploding our infrastructure. The amount of illegals coming to the USA is more then entire populations of other countries i.e Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Finland to name a few. We have laws that protect our country from the harm this is causing to the entire system. They should come legally or be stopped before they try! It really in not that difficult of an issue! If 10 or 20 million people descended upon France, Germany or even Japan it would be close to impossible to stop this the damage they would cause. Intentionally or unintentionally!

  • Igor

    Franklin: Just out of curiosity, how did you calculate the ¨burden on our schools, hospitals, DMV, prisons and soc sec¨ and then compare it against any contributions they made to our economy, GDP, etc., so you could decide whether they took more than they gave?

  • Dave Francis

    NOT JUST FARMERS, AGRICULTURE? IT IS EVERY AMERICAN BUSINESS? SHAME ON YOU!

    Pay Farm labor a decent living wage, with health care and education for their family, instead of dumping the illegal labor costs on the taxpayer. Then you will find people desperate for a job, any job will come forward to work the fields. Farmers and giant agricultural consortium’s have been underpaying illegal labor forever and along with all the special subsidies, the same as most business owners. It has been proofed that it only cost a few more cents to the consumer, for vegetable and fruit if labor for the agrarian community pay fair wages for the work done. My grandfather picked apples in Washington State as did other family members. To make ends meet after World War Two, my distant relatives in the English countryside, picked strawberries for the local farmers. Make it a national policy to implement the E-Verify bill (H.R. 2885), identifiable as the “Legal Workforce Act”. Contact your own local Senator or Representative and insist as a voter to your federal politician at 202-224-3121.

    This is just not about the farmers; it’s about meat packing plants, factories and manufacturing. Of course they don’t want to employ regular Americans-legal residents. It’s about any company owner—big or small—who wants to pay as little as possible, with no restrictions on as little they want to pay, for a person’s labor. They have violated this ‘Rule of Law’ because there have been no restrictions on prohibitions to stop them, until Lamar Smith’s H.R. 2885. Special interest groups and the radical open border activists, are currently trying to kill the federal ‘Secure Communities’ initiative. Any individual that is apprehended by the police will have their fingerprints forwarded to ICE, Homeland Security and the FBI for processing. Police data-bases can quickly assess who has been previously arrested, whether he/she is an illegal alien or not.

    Learn the facts about illegal alien costs, statistics and business corruption at NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch and American Patrol. Make every Business, Company and workplace be committed to E-Verify or face harsh consequences. No business owner, no matter who he is, should think he is above the law. That also is a constant with political figures who own grape plantations in the bread basket of central California. This is not just for Farmers and agriculture but for every business owner, so that we can put every American worker in a job and stop catering to other counties impoverished. Go further and re-enact the “Bracero Project” of 1942 with rules and regulations, arranged so migrants from across the Southern border have easier access to specific jobs. The “Bracero Program” established why the plan proved immeasurably accepted among so many migrants, for whom seasonal labor in the US presented grand opportunities, despite some of the poor conditions they often were confronted with in the fields and camps.

    Even under some poor situations they saved money, could buy consumer good, tools or an older vehicle, and returned home with new outlooks and a greater sense of self-respect.
    In places as Mexico counselors studied these positive aspects of the economic and cultural effects of bracer project. If they are retained for employment the government must oversee they are treated correctly. They have to be issued a field workers visa that terminates at the end of harvesting and a mandatory return to their own country. Only through an employment office at entry ports can these people be hired and not through third parties or recruited by less than honest business enterprises. If they remain free of any major problems while employed in the U.S., they can renew their visas. As in Mexico—every person is tracked; all the farm and agricultural workers must be tracked, so they cannot decide to drop the job they are allocated to and disappear in the American job market. The “Bracero program” seemed to work very well, until it was dismantled in 1964. Through unfettered fraud millions of illegal aliens and their families have arrived here, after the 1986 Immigration Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)

    Eventually there was an increasing apprehension among businesses owners that the provisions within the guide lines of the program ensured the amplification of costs for the imported labor. This fair program mandated an assured level of wages, housing, food and Health care for the workers (to be paid for by the employers) that kept the standard of living above what many from across the border. Farmers and their associated Agrarian colleagues realized they could elevate their profits, by enjoying the extremely hard work in the fields, by hiring illegal aliens who are now exploited. Agriculture didn’t want to pay for the health care or schooling for their children and other benefits, as in the orderly federal “Bracero program.” They prefer the Taxpayers carry the weight of costs for the labor that they hire. Farmers already receive huge subsidies from the U.S. Government. Simple fact the farmers and all the growers of produce got greedy, for even larger profits.

    A new fair migrant worker program will never, ever be possible under the entrenched GOP establishment and many in the Democratic ranks. Many politicians have their own revenues in the illegal alien labor market. Only the TEA PARTY will stop the pollution that emanates from Washington and the Congress.

  • http://kdunckel-chloerae.blogspot.com/ kelsey dunckel

    I feel my point was missed. people. emotion. responsibility.

  • rgray222

    The President promised that he would propose immigration reform in his first year in office. This is one of the reasons so many of the people affected and concerned voted for him. It is now clear that he had no intention of even proposing legislation let alone passing it.
    Both sides are trying to court this potential vote so neither side is doing anything to fix the problem. This so wrong for so many people. We sent these politicians to Washington to solve these issues and not play political games with them.