Beauty, like ice, our footing does betray; Who can tread sure on the smooth, slippery way: Pleased with the surface, we glide swiftly on, And see the dangers that we cannot shun.
- Dryden, English Poet, Dramatist, and Critic (1631-1700)
There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America today. Where most families in America immigrated here playing by the rules, these people broke the rules and cut to the front of the line.
Even worse, you’ll see some of these illegal immigrants at rallies demanding rights, talking about racism in America and waving stupid signs reading, “No Human Being is Illegal”, supposedly ignorant of the fact that every nation on Earth has immigration laws and back in the home country for most, the Mexican government is ten times as harsh when it comes to their immigration laws, especially on the enforcement and punishment side of it.
I can never get over the mentality of the La Raza types who claim there’s no such thing as illegal immigration and fantasize about a “Reconquista” of the land that was STOLEN in the Mexican-American War. Get a clue. What kind of claim did Mexico have on this land? Some scattered missions across vast, empty stretches of land?
What, you want to protest the reality of history? You want to be in denial over the fact that every war has its winners and losers and that to the winners go the spoils?
You think that’s unfair? Maybe we should ask Spain if it thinks it’s unfair they lost their colony in the Mexican War of Independence.
I laugh every time I hear the whole idiotic idea of there being some sort of “Aztlan”. You know what you would have if you could wave a magic fairy wand and undo the results of the Mexican-American War? You’d have about 1 million more square miles of the Third World here in North America, that’s what you’d have. If Mexico had won that war, there would be no promised land in this region and no one would even want to immigrate here in the first place.
Finally, look at your own national language, Mexico. Where does that language come from again? That’s right, it comes from Europe, Spain to be specific, and you’ve got a little too much of the blood of the Conquistadors in your veins to be crying about any stolen land, Mexico.
That’s the part that really gets me is sometimes you’ll talk to people who are here illegally and it’s clear some think America owes them something, like they were robbed or something. Listen, America doesn’t owe you anything any more than if I was to immigrate down to Mexico under the delusion that Mexico owed me something.
So I get the anger from those who are dead set against amnesty for some who ignorantly believe we owe it to them anyway, I get the anger of the average taxpayer who knows that amnesty in the short term means more in benefits paid out than taxes paid in and I get the anger from many American citizens who view amnesty as meaning twice as many legal applicants for jobs in an already dismal job market. I get all of that, but the anger will get us nowhere. For Republicans especially, the anger will only make it easy for others to cast our party as the party of the angry racists, no matter how far that may be from the truth.
We need to remind ourselves of something though, the vast majority of illegals are here to work hard and prosper. It’s not like you can be angry at the illegal immigrants themselves for coming here. Just put yourself in their shoes. If you wanted a better life for yourself and you wanted a better life for your family, are you really telling me you’d put those hopes and dreams aside to respect the laws of a United States which only enforces it’s immigration laws halfheartedly at best?
Republicans like Sen. David Vitter, Rich Lowry and Ann Coulter need to stop sniping and ditch the anger and deal with the reality: there are 11 million illegals in America and those people are already here. To invoke the fairy wand again, there’s no magic fairy wand you can wave to make them go away.
The solution will not come in the form of a police state running some massive deportation program. Amnesty is going to happen. It’s a reality just as sure as amnesty was granted for a previous generation under Ronald Reagan. Republicans can either drop their “just build fences and deport everyone” thinking and put forth pragmatic solutions like McCain did in 2005 and like Rubio has done now, or they can continue to rail against reality, sound even more like the angry party no one wants to associate with and ultimately, end up being alienated (no pun intended) with the fastest growing demographic in the nation.