Tuesday, June 17, 2008

To enforce or not to enforce, that is the question

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous immigration policy,
Or to take arms against a sea of illegals
And by opposing end them.

Okay, I'll stop with the Hamlet, but my friend, who is very pro-free market and free trade has an issue with building a fence or a wall to keep out illegal immigrants and we've debated the issue at length. On the question of a wall, I'm going to have to digress from some Republicans and Conservatives and agree with my friend. Our current immigration policy keeps legitimate immigrants outside and stuck in a tangle of red bureaucratic tape, while terrorists and law breaking illegals waltz right in without so much as a "by your leave". Okay, so I'm quoting Last of the Mohicans now. Anyhoo, I'm sharing part of her argument below. I mean since when has the U.S. been the country that builds walls and not the one that tears them down. At least with Ellis Island you had a front door to walk through. There were no walls keeping the Irish out then. Thank God, or I know I wouldn't be here.
The following is being forwarded by anti-immigrant people who are trying to increase funding for local law enforcement against illegal immigration. The problem is that people don't realize we need to fix the immigration system, not punish the people who are coming here for a better life, just like our ancestors. Tell them that you want to see the immigration system overhauled to give people an efficient and legitimate means of entering the country legally, which is what they want. This will
allow us to focus our efforts on tracking the terrorists who want to do us harm and letting hard working families live in peace in this land of opportunity of ours. Fix the system, don't punish the people.

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