Illegal immigration is a problem. Let me run that by you again. Illegal immigration is a problem.
Yet, there are some out there in the United States, Mexico, or Canada that do not think so. They think that illegal immigrants are crucial to the economy and that the United States would simply wither and die without illegal immigrants performing the work that normal Americans would not do.
There are some that seem to want to start a nationwide boycott and have a “day without the Mexicans.” Such a boycott would accomplish just as much as boycotting the oil companies for a day. In order to make a meaningful impact, the boycott would have to be long-term.
Why Amnesty Just Isn’t a Good Idea
There’s a recent bill that could give many illegal immigrants some form of amnesty. There was a time back in 1986 when roughly three million illegals were granted amnesty. Now there are over 12 million illegals and the problem will simply get worse.
So what exactly is amnesty? Amnesty — in the case of illegal immigration — is when the United States Government decides to exempt a select group of people (illegal immigrants) from criminal liability for crimes committed. So what crime did the illegals commit? Um, perhaps illegally entering into the United States and cutting in line in front of all the legitimate immigrants who actually want to attain citizenship legitimately?
In my view, granting amnesty is just providing a short-term solution to a long-term problem. We need to stop illegals from getting in to begin with, then worrying about the ones that are currently in our country.
Another issue I have with amnesty is that it doesn’t help those immigrants that are in our country legally. What about them and their path to citizenship? What makes the Mexicans (and other illegals) so special that they should be given a special accord, where the rest of the immigrants have to push and fight their way through the monumental red tape.
A Day Without Mexicans?
There have been several protests already that talk about Mexicans taking a day off and showing us Americans how much they contribute to the American economy. The whole point of this day off is to rub it in that the illegal immigrants perform jobs that Americans simply aren’t willing to do.
I am of the opinion that Americans are willing to do just about any job. However, the Americans will only work these undesirable jobs if the pay is decent enough to compensate them for their time and effort. Illegals are willing to work for cheap. American citizens simply cannot compete.
So will a day without Mexicans prove that the US economy depends on illegal labor? Perhaps. But a protest is not really convincing me that the fellow Mexican protesting the American economy should become an American citizen. If anything, I’d say good riddance and go back home.
So should we give the illegal immigrants amnesty? No. Will amnesty solve the illegal immigration problem? No. Will a day without Mexicans prove to the average American citizen that the U.S. economy relies on illegal labor? No.
We need to build a fence, beef up border security, form a national language that illegals must learn, and perhaps then, we can start the process of granting some of these illegals citizenship.
That’s my 500 Words.