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Friday, February 15, 2013

Confused About Immigration Reform

February 15, 2013

It's a gorgeous sunny morning here in my little part of the world.  Yes, it's a bit chilly, but then it is Winter time.

I got a late start this morning. For some reason,  Pogo and I both woke up around 4 a.m.  We did the potty thing and had a drink of water, then it was back to bed for a good sleep.  After we got up, I took my coffee and Pogo's breakfast and went out to sit and visit with one of the dwarfs.  This was so nice. 

Yesterday was busy, but my last appointment was changed to today, so we were able to catch a short nap in the afternoon.  This afternoon things will get busy again.  First I will have my appointment at the nail salon, then I will take one or two of the dwarfs to the super market and we can all do a bit of food shopping.

I have been reading the editorials in the newspaper lately, and I'm really getting rattled by them.  They have been about immigration reform and how it is supposed to improve America's future.  The article says:

* There are 11 million people who don't exist - they are the meat packer, construction worker, landscape worker, house cleaner and child care worker.   If we make them a citizen, they won't have to be paid under the table or use fake documents.

*  The roads will be safer as people who aren't legally eligible to drive get licenses and insurance.  More license fees mean more money for strapped public services.

*  Neighborhoods will become more stable as people who couldn't get bank loans or credit cards or Social Security numbers are eligible to buy instead of rent.

*  People not forced underground can play more active roles in their children's schools.

*  New jobs will be created and filled, new patents will be granted and employers will be better able to fill medical, engineering, computer and other high-tech jobs for which there is a skills shortage.  This will allow U.S. companies to stay productive.

There is a lot more babble in the editorial, but the above statements are the bulk of the article.

At no point is there a distinction of whether the author is talking about legal or illegal immigrants.  I think the problem with the illegals far outweighs any problems we may have with the legals.  I believe that if eleven million people are holding down all those jobs listed above are being paid under the table (no taxes) or are using fake ID's, then this suggests that they are illegally here and should be sent home.  Or at least, they should be mandated to become citizens and earn their way here.

They have no business driving on our roads without licenses.  I don't see where giving them a bank loan and a credit card is going to make our neighborhoods more stable.  If you are legal, get a job, and save your money, you will be able to buy a home.  If you pass the registry tests, you can get a license to drive a car.

At no point do I see how new jobs will be created, or how employers will be able to better fill high-tech jobs by granting citizenship to a lot of illegal immigrants.  There are so many Americans and legal immigrants out of work.  Give them the education and skills that they need and put them back to work.

Maybe some immigration reform is needed, I don't know, but I do think that the people responsible for making these changes should take a better look at the real problems not just what will make them sound righteous and important. (Making lots of money from license fees by giving illegals a license to drive).

This country was built on immigration.  But let's be fair.  There is a right and a wrong way to do things.  I do not believe we will solve anything by granting instant citizenship to the illegals.

Well, that's my bandbox for the day.  I can be totally wrong, so if I have misread these statements do let me know.  (I copied the *starred facts from the newspaper).

I have another Valentine QP for you today.  I hope you can use it.  After this, I will start working on Spring things. 

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It's getting close to lunch time now, so I think I'll mosey on over to the refrigerator to see what Pogo and I can have for lunch.  Until tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Edna B.


Mat's Merry Memoirs said...

Good Morning! Glad you and Pogo are getting along so well and have your "routine" whenever it suits you! LOL! Don't you just love the way our 4 legged kids have us doing for them when they want? But we love them anyhow!! <3
My boss leaves in the morning for some official business in India and will not return until April I will have a little time to do some scrapping, but for now, got lots to do today before she leaves so short and sweet...Have a marvelous weekend! Thanks for the lovely page and your visit! Hugs, Mat

Nani said...

As a first generation American who watched her father study for the citizenship test and helper her grandmother learn to read English to take the test (and also got a day off school to see her become a citizen) I'm totally with you on the confusion and "not okay" with the talk about immigration. Those here illegally are NOT immigrants, they are criminals who broke in, plain and simple. We owe them nothing and they should be sent home or to a detaining area while paperwork is done to give them legal immigrant, status. LEGAL immigrants are eligible for citizenship. If we're going to grant amnesty, it should be to make illegals legals, not citizens. Legal immigrants pay taxes and anyone working under the table is breaking the law regardless of their legal status, so I don't understand why jumping directly from illegal to citizen makes any more money than just moving them to legal if they haven't broken any other laws that would render them ineligible for legal status. Sorry, it's a hotbox issue for this child of an immigrant. :)

It's been a busy and tiring week for me, first full week for therapy and all, but I'll be blogging again tonight or tomorrow. :)

Hugs, Nani

Andrea said...

Immigration is a very complicated issue and the only thing I am sure of is that I think we need to do something about the employers who are hiring illegals, paying them nothing, collecting taxes from them and then not filing them as well as doing something about the illegals themselves. There are so many sides to this story, I don't know if there will ever be an easy answer ... but again, I really don't know enough about what goes on to have a strong opinion. And, you certainly are entitled to your opinion, so you go girl!!!

My daughter and I went out to lunch today with my friend from Chicago. We had a grand time ... lots of laughing and chiding each other. The my friend and I went to my favorite coffee shop (Julie's) but Julie wasn't there ... she was home sick. I was sorry we missed her because I think everyone should know Julie. She is just an awesome person and artist and entrepreneur. Oh my, my Hubby just called up to see when I planning to quell the whining of the four kiddo's who say it is time to eat. Best run for now ... will catch you later.

Andrea @ From The Sol

smiekeltje said...

We have the issue of "illegals"here too and it is a complicated issue.
On one side you cannot blame the illegals, that they are trying to come to have a better life, but a percentage of them are exploited too by employers.
We have also a percentage of illegals who are coing here for assylum, it takes too long before they are granted to stay or have order t leave. In the mean time they stay in detention centres, which is no party at all. There are good willing people between them who really want to make something of their life but because they are illegal they cannot work here, however they want to do that. But then we also are angry because they get a little support money from the government.
There are always two sides of a story, but this one is a very complicated one.
E.g. there are children coming here, from very poor areas in the world or where there is war going on for years, and government takes more than 8 years to decide if they can stay or not. In that 8 years the children are going to school, leanr Dutch, are very good integrated in society and I think it is too hard and even impossible to send them back to their home country,after being here from their 8th year till 16 th year.
One thing is at any case necessary and it's the government that needs to do that:
track the illegals, quickly, and consider their case, in a short amount of time and then or send them back or give them opportunity to adapt, get anlegal statues, they have to learn the ways of the country they are in now, learn the language, and when they pass the tests well, they can make a life here.
But yes, there are also refugees or illegals, who are criminals and they should be returned immediately.
As always there is no black-white view on those major issues.

I hope the sun will come out a bit later today, a bit of fresh air would be nice. Have to get the paper and that's all, and then I hope to continue on a kit I am working on.

Have a lovely day