Despite my personal feelings at any given moment on the internal politics of my nation, I am proud (and thankful) to say I am a United States citizen, born here, educated here, raised my child here, and more than likely will end my planetary existence in this very nation. As it saddens me to think of times before when race was a tremendously hostile issue in neighborhoods across America, it saddens me now to see the ugly head of racism begin its awakening roar once again. It devastates my soul even more that after all the years we, as a culture, have traveled together from the 1950's and 1960's and how much things have advanced in every single way that touches our physical lives (and in some ways we never could have even imagined), that we still so easily hear cries of racial hate and anger on our own city streets.
Shame on you, America!
At a time of national crises in so many areas of life such as we now endure as citizens of this great nation we all inherently know it to be, we should – for the good and continued positive growth of our country – at the very least be uniting on our HUMANITY if we cannot agree on anything else.
During the media coverage of the May 1 demonstrations, the words immigrants and illegals were interchanged as though copied from Roget's Theasaurus, while the very clear and present danger eating away the internal organs of our United States society seemed to be lost amid the revelry and impassioned protests that overwhelmed the day.
The issue is NOT over the United States' “not liking/wanting” immigrants. If our individual geneology doesn't tell us all about that subject, there's a statue in the New York harbor to remind us all of our nation's position on that. The focus needs to be on those who have entered our nation, to live and work among us, who have not followed the rules of entry.
Every citizen of the United States knows that to live here, must one follow the rules. Try racing through a speed trap 20 miles over the legal speed limit, deal drugs in front of the police station, or not pay taxes. And the same citizens know when they are privileged to experience international travel, all other nations of the world have rules, too.
There is a problem in our nation involving the illegals. As citizens of the United States (regardless of our geneological origins), we must stand united to resolve the problems, rather than help create them.
It is time to face the fact it is our GOVERNMENT at fault. So lost in its own red tape, the people – as always – are the ones who suffer. If the local government in any state (or the nation as a whole) fails to meet the need of any community, it is the right and the responsibility of that community's residents to ensure their Constitutional rights are met – not to divide and subdivide into racial groups that oppose other racial groups. Give it UP, America! We've spent decades in the legal arenas ensuring our 1st Amendment rights are upheld, let's not stop now.
There are just some basics point, and questions, I personally have to offer.
More and more people in this nation are experiencing the fact they call to discuss their local phone bill, and speak to someone thousands of miles from the United States. It is not the fault of our global neighbors when corporate America takes our jobs in moves to other nations because labor is cheaper. It is our fault when we do not recognize we can live without those corporate products. Don't hate the person who answers the phone in New Delhi. Stop using that company's products (even if it means changing a convenience in your life).
It is not the individual's fault our government endorses through its silence the employment of illegal immigrants by corporate America seeking to reduce their own tax payments. Don't hate the people who illegally come to this country because their own nation provides little (if any) reasonable wage. The real question is what kind of Americans are you anyway, corporate America, who would hire people you know are in this country illegally just because you don't want to pay a fair wage to the people who do legally live and work here (aka your customers)?
We hear of corporate America supplying illegal immigrants with “proper” identification, such as Social Security cards, so the illegals can work and the companies save money. In a time when Social Security funds are scarce, where exactly is that faux FICA money going these days?
And every time I hear the phrase “they're taking the jobs Americans don't want” I personally fly into a rant. After being unemployed myself for FOUR years, I know there wasn't a job I wouldn't take. I just couldn't find one, and I'll tell you why.
I have 20 years professional experience, and a recent Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Because of the influx of non-English speaking people in the United States over the past several years, almost ALL the higher paying jobs requiring my education and experience (in government, education, medicine, and even sales and customer service) are also requiring employees who are bilingual Spanish. WHOOPS, I was educated in the United States, where “foreign language” constituted about 3 years of educational requirements. So I can't get a higher paying job based on my credentials and education, and guess what? I can't even be a maid in a motel because those who speak another language already have them.
When my son started school several years ago, there were bilingual classes for those children who had been living in non-English speaking homes. For people like my son, born here and living in an English speaking home, the bilingual opportunity was not allowed him within the school system. This particular educational system hasn't changed in 100 years.
And it really grates my nerves that those actually OF Spanish geneology, several generations in the citizenry of the United States, educated as I was (monolingual), are consistently and thoroughly torn between resentment they are expected to speak Spanish when they do not (they can't get those high paying jobs either, by the way), and whether or not they should support their beloved Tio Enrico from the homeland and/or his potential deportation.
In my opinion, the true path to resolution on this most heated controversy regarding the influx of illegals in our country is to first see that Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Afro-Americans, Caucasian-Americans, and all the rest should see that common word that UNITES us, rather than those words that divide us, and work towards making this nation the great thing we all know it should be.
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