Recently I did a little impromptu poll on my Facebook page, asking if they felt that the immigration system, as it is right now, is broken and what they would do to fix it, if the choice was theirs to make.
To say I was disappointed with the number of people that responded is an understatement. Of the two that did respond, one response was very good, the other was, more or less, dismissive.
While this poll was, by no means, a comprehensive scientific study, it was enough to tell me that either people do not want to show their hand on this topic for fear of alienating themselves or others, or just really do not care enough to chime in.
There also appeared to me through this another group of people. One of the responses was a person who replied with
“out of my league….i don’t bother myself with that stuff…que sera sera……”
This could not be further from the truth. If you are a tax paying US citizen, then none of this is out of your league and you should never adopt the “whatever” attitude regarding this. Every single US citizen should be angry as hell that this is going on. That our boarders, US/Mexico as well as the others, are so porous that people can go back and forth the way they do.
The other response I got was:
“The U.S. Immigration system is no longer the most efficient venue for entering the country as it once was. The burden of dealing with hundreds of illegal immigrants crossing our borders on any given day, has out numbered our border agents, …stretched our resources in capturing and deporting these individuals and has suck our social services system dry.
My solution may be harsh, but effective. Build a 20 foot wall at the border, with another fence approximately 50 feet from the wall wrapped with barbed wire. If somehow they manage to survive this, they become subjects of national security and will be shot.”
While there is part of me that does agree with this, I can also see the downside to it as well. I think that I would take this idea and instead of shooting them with bullets, I will tranquilize them and then put them into a massive holder center on the border, within this “No Man’s Land” that would be created. Process them, mark them and then send them back to Mexico. The mark would be simply to let us know they are repeat offenders.
I understand that there are many people that make the effort to come to America to have better lives, but there is a right way and wrong way to do so. In spite of those US citizens who seem to think it is perfectly acceptable for foreign citizens to wander into the US illegally, with no right to be here, there is nothing right, acceptable or healthy about it. All of this is discussed in my previous two articles on this topic.
Lastly, and what I think is the most silly, is the argument people keep throwing out about how those that are living in the United States now are, actually, illegal aliens. This is by far one of the worst arguments and only makes those using it look silly.
Granted… there was a lot wrong about the colonization of the land that is now the United States. We did a lot of bad things to the native population to gain this land. But the point is moot for one major reason. You name to me one country that exists today that has not in some way shape or form, been built upon the former lands of another indigenous people. So the US is not the only people you can use that argument against, if you really want to get technical. The global map you see today has mostly born from conflict and acquisition and not based on the original tribal lands of the native peoples. This does not mean that any of it was right, just that it is what it is. We have to move forward.
Now… if Mexico would like to challenge our right to this land, they can always declare war and invade. That would make things a lot easier for the USA. We might even get some more land in the process.