Dear Jon – A Letter About Open Immigration

11 06 2010

Okay, Jonathan, I promised a rebuttal to your article on open immigration, so here it goes (and it might be less of one than you thought):

America isn’t a little island with ten people and limited resources – we are the gorgeous, huge, most prosperous country the world has ever seen and there is room for all. But that “all” needs to come here and obey our laws, including the ones aimed at bringing immigrants INTO the fold. Skirting the protections put in place to protect America and her guests is not being a productive member of society, it’s being a parasite.

Yes, I agree that in a free economy the potential for markets is unlimited, but we don’t live in a free market and we haven’t in quite some time. Before we can have open immigration we must FIRST AND FOREMOST eliminate the entitlement state. But we haven’t done that, and until we do, we can’t have open immigration.

Frankly, I think most people welcome those who want to come to America and who want to be industrious; however, we’re resentful as all heck that these folks waltz across a porous border, expect – nay, DEMAND – that they be given all the benefits of being a citizen, but don’t return the graciousness of their hosts. When 85% of the violent crimes in Los Angeles are committed by illegals, we have a problem! They’re not “coming here to produce,” they’re coming here to loot.

To get back to your island analogy, if those 10 new people came ashore and demanded to be fed, stole from the other 30, killed a few of them, and only 1 or 2 of them contributed to making island life better, then hell yes, it would be an immigration crisis and they should be stopped from ruining the country.

So while I agree with your premise that hard-working (legal) immigrants are an unquestionable asset, I disagree with you putting the cart before the entitlement horse. Let’s rein THAT in before we start throwing wide the doors to our prosperity.

I posted something recently about the Arizona protests (who were against SB 1070) to one of my other blogs, and it goes like this:

Let’s say I break into your house.

Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave.

But I say, ’No! I like it here. It’s better than my house. I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors… I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters:

  • You are Required to let me stay in your house
  • You are Required to feed me
  • You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan
  • You are Required to Educate my kids
  • You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family

My husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest (except for that breaking in part).

If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.

It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house.

And what a deal it is for me!!!

I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.

Oh yeah, and I DEMAND that you learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so that you can communicate with me.


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