Immigration reform, a touchy subject and I won’t be surprised if my words are misconstrued either innocently or intentionally and welcome any related questions or comments.
There is a political subtext to the immigration reform issue, and it isn’t about “doing the right thing” or humanitarian in nature.
What it is about is the creation of additional voters with the intent to insure a party dynasty – as a non affiliated observer I am not burdened with party loyalty or dogma – I believe that lends itself to a different perspective.
The Republicans knowing the intent and well aware of a growing disfavor directed their way are desperate to block just about any proposed legislation presented by their arch rivals the Democrats who see a veritable gold mine to lay claim to.
Of interest to me is with a sluggish economy, a declining middle class, rising ranks below the poverty level, an increase in enrollment for food stamps and other forms of public assistance how does increasing the population, demand for such services, or non existent jobs translate to a remedy?
It doesn’t, and as I say it is purely about voter numbers and favors the one percenters in that it will insure competition for available jobs and result in keeping wages and benefits down.
Immigration reform is a complicated subject, and while unlike others I don’t profess to be an expert on the subject or know all the answers, what I do know is families should not be viewed as potential assets to manipulate for party or personal gain.
If this country has the where with all to absorb immigrants then it likewise has the where with all to insure a level playing field for them just as it should for those who are citizens.
Something it hasn’t done, and if history is prologue there is no reason to believe it will to any meaningful degree.
This ongoing quest for voters reminds me of “social networks” like Facebook – it’s all about increasing membership as it translates to gain – in FB’s case it is about additional members to data mine as a revenue source – for political parties it is about the wealth of a majority voting bloc…..both characterized not by “service” or user friendly intent but manipulation and self interest.
As an indigenous person the impact of the first immigrants hasn’t been lost on me, nor the hardships and aftermath we have endured.
Boundaries can be drawn, checkpoints established, and even fences erected, yet the fact remains this hemisphere is contiguous in mass , the true immigrants are those not of this hemisphere but of others , in my opinion that is something to think about when the subject of reform is raised.
Something along the line of three million people define the number of descendents of those whose land this originally was , every other demographic is a descendent of immigrants – a reality that lends itself to a great diversity of opinion, but isn’t it ironic that no descendent of the first people has ever led this nation, and it is only recently that a small number have held or been appointed to a national office?
White Christian supremacy is being challenged, the reality of becoming a minority has lent itself to alliances – alliances based on numbers regardless of how it is characterized.
A reality that says as a people, a minority being small in numbers, access for us will be minimal and difficult to obtain…..it’s one thing for a politician to claim some obscure distant ancestry and another for a dark skinned , long haired representative of our people driven by commonsense and respect for the environment to be elected.
Factor in the money required to wage a campaign and the influx of it by the vested interest groups supporting a different candidate who has been properly vetted by them and determined to be acceptable and the difficulty increases.
Is this country obligated to allow immigrants from countries we have waged war in trashing their social structure, infrastructure, and perhaps endangering their lives?
The answer to that for me is yes – either that or stay the hell out of other countries.
Once having leveled communities and infrastructure is this country obligated to assist in the rebuilding effort? Again yes in my opinion for the victims by and large are the innocents, the non combatant men, women, and children.
But if it can do so even to the extent of of providing free education and health care how is it the same cannot be done here?
The answer to that is greed and an indifference to the hardship people face within it’s own boundaries.
If these things can be done wouldn’t a better approach be to assist a country to “nation build” without first conducting a war?
Wouldn’t it be better to help them elevate the standard of living to such a point where it’s citizens wouldn’t have to leave in search of a better life, of a job, or personal freedom?
More to the point what about the concept of nation building within this country sans the greed and avarice, the gluttony of corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street?
Immigration reform – no easy answers, but whatever “solutions” are arrived at they should be equitable to one and all.