The United States of America has a long and proud history of immigration, but the key is to do it legally. There are those in this country that think because we are a nation of immigrants we should throw the borders open and allow everyone to come in. This is pure hypocrisy and a clear lack of respect for the rule of law that manifests itself throughout their culture.
Now, before you cry that I am being racist and targeting latinos, namely Mexicans, I’m not. Many of whom I speak of are Mexican, but only those that have crossed the border illegally. Legal immigrants who took the proper, not necessarily easy, but legal path to citizenship will be the first to say that they want others to “get in line.”
Legal immigrants who come here at great cost and time so that they can participate in the legal process and be a proper citizen, don’t want to be labeled with those that come across the border illegally. They stand as proof that the process works and so it is an insult to them when others shortcut the steps because they don’t want to spend the time or resources then complain that the system needs to be changed.
The topic of immigration has been in the news a lot this week after the San Jose attacks and the future University of Texas student bragging about her free ride. This angered lots of people, but as I said none more than those who came here legally.
For the San Jose attacks you have these thugs who are attacking people for participating in the very democratic process that helped to make this country great enough that they risked life and limb to illegally cross the border in the first place. The whole time they are waving the Mexican flag, the flag of the country that they were so desperate to flee.
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This highlights a problem that goes well beyond immigration. One that is rooted is a more dangerous type of thinking where people seek out our country, but refuse to try and assimilate to the melting pot culture that made this country so great in the first place. It also creates these isolated communities where ignorance and hatred are free to flourish.
I would never suggest that these isolated communities of self-exiles are as big of a potential risk as those of Muslim communities in Europe, but it does breed the same sort of mindset that creates this idolisation for their old culture while creating a fear and hatred of their new adopted culture.
While I don’t think that these communities are hotbeds of terrorism like they are in Europe, they do harbor fugitives and criminals while allowing people to be prayed upon by criminal elements. Much like the border towns they fled from to begin with.
When they finally do act as successful members of society they become emboldened and feel the need to “fight” for the immigration reform which translates to open borders. This was highlighted this week when the high school student tweeted about her free ride to the University of Texas and showed her pride in being undocumented.
Besides a clear lack of understanding the law and putting her great and rare opportunity at risk it was also a slap in the face of all the many students who are here after going through the long process of following the law.
The tweet sparked massive outrage and her account has since been deleted. No news yet on the statues of her acceptance to UT.
The whole point of this isn’t to call out immigrants or to be hateful, but to remind everyone that it is not racist to be against illegal immigrants. We in the United States have a process to come here legally and that system might not be perfect, but it needs to be respected if you want it to change. We will never be a country that changes through strong arm tactics.