So, I’ve been rough on Donald Trump lately, and while I don’t regret my views, it’s time for a positive post. However, it is on immigration, so in the process of explaining the issues or giving comparisons, there might be some negativity directed at Trump. Just know, that as of right now – three sentences in – my plan is to keep my dislike of Trump as in control as possible.
Mentioning immigration is a very quick way to spark a heated debate, as I have learned in recent days. If you speak poorly of Donald Trump AND his immigration plan, you might as well change your Twitter handle and get your blocking finger ready; hell prepareth to raineth down upon thee. Such is life. As the old saying goes, stand up for what is right, even if it means you stand alone. Thankfully I have found that I do not stand alone, and that others have been left disturbed by the current excitement surrounding the idea of busing up human beings like cattle, as well.
I live in a town where the Hispanic population outweighs any other demographic. I take my dog for our daily walk, and some of the time I pass my neighbors and the kids are playing in the yard. A young Hispanic family with four kids – the oldest around 7 years-old, the youngest, a girl, around 2 years-old – live right up the street from me. “Puppy!” the youngest girl will exclaim when I walk past with my dog, “BIG PUPPY!” I’ll smile back, and she’ll giggle and wave as I pass. Her father works full time, her mother stays home with the kids. I don’t know if they’re legal, but I know that the children are more than likely the beneficiaries of Birthright Citizenship, and more than likely they are “anchor babies.” It’s well known around my area that illegal immigrants are rampant, and we have plenty of companies that benefit from their cheap labor, much to my dismay. I also know of a few houses in my city that contain Hispanics who want nothing to do with my country, you walk past and wonder if drugs are being dealt, or if gang activity is taking place.
Operation Wetback (How did we ever label such an initiative with such a title?) was the attempt to round-up illegal immigrants in the 50’s. 750 immigration officers, hundreds of small vehicles and buses, as well as seven airplanes, were reserved for locating and processing illegal immigrants. Eventually additional resources were needed, and the number of agents required more than doubled. Even so, only a little over 1 million people were deported during the first year. Some label this operation a success, I assume it’s because they see numbers on a paper, as opposed to faces. During Operation Wetback, Hispanics were dropped in various places, some went by ship, others went by bus. Some were even left in the desert; in July of 1955, in the blistering heat, 88 deported immigrants died. Many were deported without being able to get their belongings, or notify family. Many legal immigrants were included in the sweep, and there are reports of drownings from overloaded boats. All together, it was a poorly executed attempt to purge the United States of illegal immigrants, and it failed – both logically and morally.
I think again of the possible convicts, and then I think again of the little girl yelling, “Puppy!” I make a conscience decision to never throw the baby out with the bathwater. If someone promises to displace 11 million human beings with the same level of ease you might decide to order a Pay Per View movie, run.
I sense a romanticized violence boiling beneath the surface of the Trump immigration supporters, and I see them casually say things like, “just throw them on the bus,” and “those babies aren’t citizens, send them all back,” and “f#&% them all, this is my country.” I want to shout back, “Sir, you do not know my country.” They scream, “Tell them they can leave their anchor babies here by themselves, or they can take them back!” and “Trump is respected because he’s speaking to an angry people.” Don’t worry, I’m convinced of that much. Yesterday I wrote on the current hate brewing, and a comment began with, “But it is good hate.” Au contraire. Good hate? Are we to that point?
“We got to move ’em out, we’re going to move ’em back in if they’re really good people.” – Donald Trump
If Operation Wetback went so drastically swell with only a little over a million immigrants, just imagine the calamity that would follow displacing the millions Trump speaks of. 40% of those illegal immigrants have overstayed their visas, they came here legally, and they overstayed. Would he push to end Birthright Citizenship and make it retroactive? Displacing a mass number of children? Would each person be given due process? Where would they go? Would he create a centralized location where they have no ties, or send them to their original homes in Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, or Nicaragua, where they more than likely will have zero resources and ability to survive?
- The only way to make it even remotely humane would require due process – which is applicable to all persons within territorial jurisdictions – as well as decades, an oversized government, and a lot of money.
- If we disregard due process, who are we as a country anymore?
- As I made clear in my last post, birthright citizenship is not only tolerable, it’s a conservative principle that should be upheld. Period.
So what are the other options? Let’s talk Marco Rubio.
Many have said, “Oh, the poster child of the Gang of Eight. NO THANK YOU.” As well as, “I don’t think so, he supports Amnesty.” So to them, I beg, I plead; Stop. You’re wrong on epic levels.
am·nes·ty – noun 1. an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offenses.
Does Marco Rubio support amnesty?
He supports a logical pathway to citizenship. In his own words (during a discussion on the Gang of Eight plan):
“Illegal residents don’t get anything. What they get is the opportunity to apply for [citizenship]. They still have to pass the background checks; pay a registration fee; and they don’t qualify for any federal benefits. Under the existing law today, if you are illegally in the US, you are not prohibited from getting citizenship. The only thing is, you have to go back to your home country, you have to wait 10 years. We’re going to create an alternative that says, OK, you want to stay here, you have to wait more than 10 years, you have to be gainfully employed. It will be cheaper, faster and easier for people to go back home and wait 10 years than it will be to go through this process. And that’s why it’s not amnesty.”
Does Marco want to continue letting illegal immigrants take your jobs?
“Well, three things. First of all, a universal e-verify system which means you won’t be able to find a job in the US if you can’t pass that check. Second, an entry-exit system– 40% of our immigration are people that enter legally and then overstay their visas. We don’t really know who they are, because we don’t track even when they leave. And third is real border security including fencing. And all three of these things are going to happen because they are triggers for the green card process. That’s the incentive to ensure they happen. In essence, for those who are undocumented, they’ll have to wait 10 years, and also wait until those three things are fully implemented.”
Does Marco think that you shouldn’t learn English? (I can’t believe I have to address this one):
“I think everyone should learn other languages. Knowledge of foreign languages is economically empowering and culturally rewarding. But English is our unifying language. We can all speak whatever language we like here. But we should have one language in common. Some critics argue that it’s nativist or racist to support English as our official language. I think that’s absurd. Learning to speak English is more than a sign of respect from immigrants for their new country. Knowledge of English is necessary to the economic progress and social assimilation.”
“They will have to pass a background check, they will have to pay a fine, they will have to start paying taxes, they will have to learn English, in exchange for that, what they will get is a work permit that allows them to legally work in the United States and travel, and that’s all they will have for an extended period of time. And then at some point in the future, we can have a further conversation about whether they’re allowed to apply for a green card.”
Does Marco just want to let the immigration issue linger?
“I think that we have to deal with immigration. We have a broken enforcement system on immigration. We have a legal immigration system that’s outdated and needs to be modernized so we can win the global competition for talent. We have millions of people living in this country illegally, many of whom have been here for a decade or longer. We need to find a reasonable but responsible way of incorporating them into American life. Last year we tried to do that through a one-size-fits-all comprehensive approach; it didn’t work. We don’t have the support for that. The only way we’re going to be able to address it–and I believe we should–is through a sequence of bills that begins by proving to people that illegal immigration is under control, modernizing our legal immigration system and then dealing with those who are here illegally.”
Is he SUPER duper excited about Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals? Did he lie about it in a Spanish interview?
“I’ve always said that eventually that will not be the permanent policy of the United States. It will have to come to an end at some point. And I hope it comes to an end because we’ve improved our immigration laws, we’ve improved the way we enforce our immigration laws, so that future illegal immigration is under control and third, that we’ve been able to accommodate those people who have been in the country for a long period of time, especially young people. At some point DACA is going to have to end, there’s no doubt about it.”
Concerning the immediate repealing of the DACA:
“Absolutely, I wouldn’t. And the reason why is it would be very disruptive. People are working, they’re in school, they’re employees, and suddenly overnight they would be illegally in the country. But ultimately, there will come a point when it will have to end. Maybe not in six months, but at some point it will have to end.”
In the interview:
“I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it.”
Any level-headed individual can see that the above are not cases of inconsistency, but a basic acknowledgment that you can’t just flip the light switch on and off, that once passed it became important to those benefiting, and that repealing it would require something else to be put in place.
The most you can pin on Rubio is that he tried to do too much too soon, and that he overestimated the attention span of many on our side. He hasn’t flip-flopped, he’s merely reworded things, spoken slower, etc. Maybe he realized that when it comes to immigration, Conservatives can be less like logical adults, and more like spastic kindergartners who need extensive time with flash cards before moving on to big words. The Gang of Eight bill was simply a start to a stagnant system. At least he acted.
The immigration plan that Donald Trump proposes would not only grow our government to an obscene level, even more so than it is now, it would also welcome a level of inhumanity we will regret. These are human beings. They are not items to be shipped off, only to bring “good ones” back. You accuse them of being animals, yet in your treatment of them you have become the animal, the fool disregarding one of the things that makes our country great; Immigration. And that’s another reason why I support Rubio concerning immigration:
“The people who are against illegal immigration and make that the core of their argument view it only as a law and order issue. But we know it’s much more than that. Yes, it is a law & order issue, but it’s also a human issue. These are real people. These are human beings who have children, and hopes, and dreams. These are people that are doing what virtually any of us would do if our children were hungry, if their countries were dangerous, if they had no hope for their future. And too often in our conversation about immigration that perspective is lost. Who among us would not do whatever it took to feed our children and provide for them a better future?”
Yes, criminals get through too, that doesn’t mean you throw out the baby with the bathwater, it means you look for logical answers. Some feel like Donald Trump is simply igniting the topic, but he’s not, he’s making it into something it shouldn’t be, and he’s changing the face of the conservative movement to be one of bitter, hateful, shortsighted, big government endorsing foolishness. Others are discussing it, they just aren’t drawing pictures of great big walls with laser beams and lolly-pops for kids dressed in confederate flag pajamas. But you see, you have to listen, you have to care, you have to research.
In closing, I’ll just say that Trump and his most devoted supporters sound like selfish, sniveling, inhumane, power hungry children who refuse to take the time to win elections with strategy and compassion, so will instead simply try to disenfranchise an entire ethnic group. If they succeed, they will have done more damage, and stained this country far worse, than the vast majority of liberals. If you sell hate, you attract those looking to purchase hate. Trump supporters are lining up to purchase hatred, not logical solutions. So about my goal from the beginning of the post….