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Immigrant describes someone that has taken up residence in a foreign country. Kind of like when the pilgrams landed at Plymouth Rock. If you understand history, you can completely understand why so many Americans hate immigrants. Especially ones that don't look or talk like us. Immigrants from Mexico seem to be especially scary these days. Maybe it is because killer bees emigrated from south of the border too. They are called 'Illegals" or "Illegal Aliens" or "Wetbacks". They come here and take our jobs. They overwhelm our social services. They cause blight and crime. People are naturally afraid and anxious about immigration. Why? Look what we did to native culture in America when we left England. Google "Trail of Tears" for a quick lesson in American perpetrated holocaust. It's no wonder these Americans are scared. Few things are as powerfuly frightening as a guiltly conscience passed along from generation to generation.

The immigrants I know are hard-working, family-centric people that embody many of the same principles and values that were core to our ancestors (with the possible exception of the ethnic cleansing thing). Therefore I view immigration from a different perspective. While I think it is important for a free and open society to remain, well, free and open -there should nevertheless be some formal process to make sure that people can can contribute to us and we can contribute to them. If we owned an apartment building, we'd want to make sure we could at least cover our costs (and hopefully make a little profit --we are afterall capitalists!). When we have an available space for a new tenant we'd want to make sure that even if the new tenant could pay rent that their behavior wouldn't drive all the other tenants out. And we'd want to try to make sure the experience was good for our tenant so they can stay and contribute to the small community represented by everyone that lives in the building.

Another issue is if there are two apartment communities, ours and lets say the apartment community to our south, and there is empty space in each community --and ours has new carpet, has been freshly painted and we just added the community entertainment center -then of course people living in the other complex would like to come to ours. But what if through our own actions we caused blight in the other community? Look at American Foreign Policy in El Salvador during the Reagan years. Not that Reagan was culpable (I'm not sure he knew where he was for most of his two terms), the people that surrounded him were evil little neocons many of whom have proved durable enough to perpetuate crimes during the Bush Presidency (Bush I) and later two terms of the Bush Occupation (Bush II). If we devastate an economy and participate in the killing and torture of teachers, doctors, lawyers --I am not sure we should be curious as to why people would want to flock to our economic environment.

There should be meaningful immigration reform, to make sure that there is a fair method for people to become productive and valued citizens and to ensure that they are not exploited and abused. And we should make sure that a new American government represents the will of the American people and forms a coherent, benevolent foreign policy that provides security for the American people, and not just profits for corporations. In so doing, we will allow other economies to grow and flourish which might then create a better world balance. In order to make sweeping changes (sooner, rather than later) I leave with two other "I" words. Impeach (check out http://www.impeachabletreason.com) AND Imprison.

Just a few thoughts from my over-caffeinated alphabetic mind.

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Originally posted to 100yearmarch on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 12:17 PM PDT.

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  •  'Illegal Alien' (2+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, BobOak

    is a proper term to use when describing someone from another country who is in this country illegally.  "Wetback" is a crude racial slur, and frankly there's a lot of daylight between the two.

    This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence.

    by Magnus Greel on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 12:19:51 PM PDT

  •  No, I don't understand it. (1+ / 0-)
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    100yearmarch

    "If you understand history, you can completely understand why so many Americans hate immigrants."

    Excluding native Americans, is there any American here or elsewhere who is not related to an immigrant or who is not an immigrant himself? What I can understand is that we have a long history of xenophobic and racist exclusion of peoples who seem physically and culturally different from us. Yet, knowing this, we just can't seem to learn from it.

    How do you tell an oxymoronic conservative Democrat from a Republican mole or troll?

    by shergald on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 12:27:57 PM PDT

  •  This is getting very old (2+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, OneCrankyDom

    The constant attempts to confuse the term immigrant with those who hopped the border often per the recruitment efforts by illegal employers is getting very old.

    There are miles of differences between those who applied and went through the legal immigration process and those who border hopped and set up shop.

    http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

    by BobOak on Fri Apr 28, 2006 at 12:53:33 PM PDT

  •  They break the law (2+ / 0-)
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    BobOak, OneCrankyDom

    my brother and his wife live in Phoenix...the area around Phoenix has become a drug war zone....malitia type hellicopters landing on peoples property with armed guards off loading "packages and boxes" into vans with armed guards...right in broad daylight and right on private property..thats just in Phoenix..but it is happening in all the towns that are close to the border...reporters on both sides of the border are being killed , execution style, trying to report what is happening in the "border towns" in Texas, New Mexico, California....now can you tell me which are the "good hard working mexicans" and which ones are just expanding "their territory?" You just want to wave a magic wand and make them all citizens...? I am a bleeding heart liberal too...but I am not a blind fool...maybe thinking is sometimes better than a bleeding heart. Put some thought and research into your knee-jerk reactions

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