We’ve always had illegal aliens. They’ve always came and secured work at jobs that most Americans wouldn’t do for a economically viable price after facing a tremendous risk, from illegal and legal sources. I respect them for that. I don’t hate them for that.
I don’t think they harm the country as a whole economically and certainly not culturally. I’m a good old white boy, and all the attacks on my culture (animal rights / gun rights / property rights) have came from US Citizens who are generally Anglo. Maybe if they had a deportation plan for Californians and Yankees, then I could get behind that.
I don’t buy the economic arguments that bigoted organizations like Vdare, FAIR and CIS make against them either. It’s like taking the Klan’s or Aryan Brotherhood’s word on Blacks or Jews AFAIC. The non-economic reasoning of assimialtion is a racist bullshit to me. Every cultural aspect that the ‘assimilation crowd’ bemoans existed here in the US among US citizens of Hispanic decent (even Anglo in some cases) anyway.
The Minutemen, Border Guardians, and Ranch Rescue type organizations that got this ball rolling are either overtly bigoted, extremely paranoid, or both. They are the movers and shakers here. They and certain far Rightwing pundits have made this issue what it is today. They are the ones that the House are embracing with their draconian bill. If these were orginizations that were made up of mostly exclusive border residents, then I might have a modicum of respect for them. But they’re not, and I don’t.
I can’t help but feel that the prime motivating factor for the majority of House bill supporters is bigotry. They are tired of being in contact with all these different looking and sounding people, and they want their state’s and citie’s cleansed of them. They relish in the crueltry that this bill offers. Breaking up families, throwing US citizen spouses, children, siblings, and friends in jail for not reporting on illegal spouses, children, siblings, and friends gives them a twisted satifaction.
I’m still fine with a dramatic increase enforcement of current rules though. Despite the overt propagandizing by a lunatic fringe that brought this issue to the forefront, I think that there is too much illegal immigration and too much banditry occurring by Mexicans that prey on both migrants and US Citizens on the Border. The professional law enforcement agencies involved in immigration law enforcement / border protection been neglected for years. I’m fine with the Guard in support operations. I’m fine with strategically placed physical barriers and cost effective technological ones that work. A complete physical wall, though a wet dream for most stalwart anti-illegal immigration folks, is just not physically or economically viable.
But I’m also fine with an Amnesty that would have a set in stone cut off date so that new illegals wouldn’t be included. And I definitely don’t want to break up families that are mixed illegal and US citizen. I don’t think leaving water in the desert so that immigrants don’t die is treason. I think that lethal force is not an option for enforcing immigration law. My soul just won’t let me be for that.