People and organizations boycotting Arizona for their immigration laws are clearly sending a wrong message. Arizona tried to resolve a problem the Federal Government has failed to address. Instead of these inane boycotts, why not demand the Federal Government to resolve this problem. Stop punishing Arizona for the failure of the Federal Government to resolve illegal immigration.
The heart of the concern is not discrimination against Latin people, but perhaps of a greater question, when did the “rights” of people illegally residing in America take precedence over the safety and security of her Citizens. These dubious practices of creating asylum cities, multilingual ballots and other accommodating actions concern many Americans. What has happened to America?
Although America may be the great melting pot of the world, is the melting pot finally burning? America has spent billions on Homeland Security since 9/11 and do Americans feel safer? Consider the recent case Faisal Sharzad, arrested for planning a car bombing of Times Square. Could better immigration and Homeland Security practices kept such people OUT of America?
What about drug-related violence that has spilled not only in the border towns, but across America as gangs try to get control of the power and money associated with this illegal activity? The unfortunate downside to freedom of speech is everyone here has freedom of speech including radicals and religious zealots who preach hatred, nonacceptance and destruction of any people who do not match their distorted views.
Will America have to have one suicide bomber, two suicide bombers, several explosions killing large numbers of people to awaken to the reality we have minimal controls in place. We have allowed our immigration policies to be lax. We have made excuses that undocumented aliens do work that no one else would do because we have become a nation dependent on inexpensive foreign goods and labor.
So many talk out of both sides of their mouths, on one had agreeing that hiring undocumented workers is wrong, and quietly hire them for construction, restaurants, farm labor and gardening or maids. These law-breaking people know these undocumented workers will quietly obey for fear of deportation. These people will not support e-verification because their illegal practices will become visible immediately.
Although our economy may show signs of improvement, America has a long road to recovery. Amid this harsh economic situation, illegal immigration and guest worker visas continue to thrive. Would you be surprised to know that according to one source that more than twenty million undocumented or expired document people live in America? What about the more than thirty billion dollars wired to Mexico in the past four years?
Thirty billion American dollars into an economy such as Mexico is a massive surge. Perhaps money is the reason at the heart of the recent protest by the President of Mexico; Felipe Calderon protested Arizona’s new immigration laws. The loss of all this potential income to Mexico could have a staggering impact on the Mexican economy.
Mexico is overwhelmed by their inability to control drug traffic, curtain corruption and create jobs to keep her citizens in Mexico. If Americans went to Mexico and took up residence, papers proving their right to reside in Mexico would be required. Canada would require these permits and papers. The United States is avoiding the problem of illegal immigration by protesting possible racial profiling.
America prides herself as a nation of law-abiding citizens and chooses to disregard or fail to enforce immigration laws. These immigration laws are meant to protect and shape the future of the United States in an orderly and progressive approach. Progressive isn’t the avoidance of the reality of out of control illegal immigration.
Perhaps another concern is hidden that started to emerge on Cinco de Mayo when those young students were not allowed to wear Old Navy American flag shirts for fear of offending Latino students on their “holiday.” When did Cinco de Mayo become more than a symbolic celebratory day such as Bastille Day or St. Patrick’s Day? How is this possible that America celebrates an event more than Mexico? The obvious answer is a cultural identity has been allowed to take precedence over the American identity.
Arizona is a sister state with problems no one wanted to address about immigration. Although her attempts may have been flawed, boycotting her sends the wrong message. The message needs not to go to Arizona, but Congress and President Obama to fix what is broken. They tend to focus attention on the emotional sensationalism of the effect of enforcement, and avoid upholding the laws that have been enacted to protect America and Americans.
Stop illegal immigration and protect the rights of American citizens. Bring America back to Americans!