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Chasing illegal immigrants

My fourth open letter to Mr. Mitt Romney on immigration

Dear Mr. Romney,

We can effectively seal the borders. The Soviet Union did it, so it is doable, likely with the same outcome. We can easily identify most of the illegal immigrants here simply by compiling records already available to the government: social security, tax numbers issued to illegal immigrants by the IRS, bank records, and school registries. Then, get them deported on short notice. Stalin was able to arrange forced relocations of millions of people, so we know that it can be done.  We do not do it because: first, it would turn the country into a Soviet-style totalitarian police state. Second, it would hurt the economy. Therefore, the federal Government is almost literally bipolar in its acts on immigration enforcement. On one end it tries to follow the law; on the other, it knows that doing this truly is inhuman, is un-American, and that it hurts the economy.

Most Americans do not see this internal contradiction of our immigration laws. They see illegal immigrants still having jobs when so many are already unemployed. Illegal immigrants became scapegoats for all the frustrations of people with middle class aspirations and minimum wage skills. Many high-pitched demagogues spread the illusion that as soon as illegal immigrants are kicked out, wealth and happiness will spread over the land. These grassroots pressures on local governments resulted in many state or community laws pointed against illegal immigrants. There is a lot of lofty talk around all these local anti-immigration laws.  The bottom line is that illegal immigrants did not vote in our immigration laws, which contradict our best economic interest, which are against our fundamental values, and which cannot be enforced without scarifying both of the above.

When stripped from all of the demagoguery, local laws against illegal immigrants boil down to having police chasing people for willing to work harder and for less than others. In my book, if more people are willing to work for less, more wealth is created. What is wrong with this? Mr. Romney, as a capitalist, please correct me if I am wrong.

The attitude toward the children of illegal immigrants reveals the real motives of most vocal illegal immigration critics. These children, by virtue of being born in the U.S., are automatically U.S. citizens.  These children are the most precious gift America is getting. We can raise them anyway we want so they will be exactly like us. The more of them we have today, the fewer immigrants we will need somewhere down the road. We have to be aware that most vocal supporters of reversing the 14th Amendment do so because, in their view, most children of illegal immigrants do not look like an American should look.

Many illegal immigrants arrived here with young children. These kids spent their formative years in the U.S., and for all practical purposes, they became Americans like the rest of us. Many of them took advantage of the opportunities America offers, but as young adults they struggle with being rejected by the only country they really know and identify with. The Dream Act was intended to help these young people assimilate in America. Vicious opponents of any immigration derailed the Dream Act many times. Mr. Romney, you have voiced strong opposition to the Dream Act as well. Your argument is that some of these young Americans, after legalizing their status, could qualify for government help in getting better education. What is wrong with chipping off some tax dollars to have more Americans better educated?

For your reference, please watch a video presenting an exchange about immigration between the elder George Bush and Ronald Reagan in 1980. It is sad to see how low we have fallen since then. Hence, on the Dream Act issue, I have an old question for you Mr. Romney: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

Huffington Post refused to publish this text. Henryk A. Kowalczyk is a long-term blogger at Huffington Post, and letters to Mr. Romey are the only texts that editors of HP ever rejected.

3 Responses to Chasing illegal immigrants

  1. George Williams says:

    “Many high-pitched demagogues spread the illusion that as soon as illegal immigrants are kicked out, wealth and happiness will spread over the land.”

    This is false. I’ve read over a hundred articles from responsible and respected commentators, and the’ve never promised that wealth and happiness will spread over the land. I challenge you to find one, using a URL. You won’t find any, as they only exist in your imagination. On the other hand, I have heard many citizens argue that they view illegal aliens as taking jobs citizens would do. With 11 millions of citizens out of work, it’s hard for empathetic fellow citizens; people without selfish personal agendas, to argue that this is false. Only self-seekers like yourself and ethnic focus groups who could care less for the welfare of the nation as a whole would do so.

    “These grassroots pressures on local governments resulted in many state or community laws pointed against illegal immigrants.”

    Local and state governments are suffering the expense of paying for the education of illegal aliens and social services that normally accrue to the poor. If you had any understanding of the pace between the States and the federal government under the Constitution, you’d realize that they are entitled to the protection by the federal government, to include the enforcement of federal laws. This is not at the discretion of the Executive Branch.

    Unlike the fools in the White House, the People recognize the cost of importing unskilled labor, the uneducated and poverty. For decades this country has touted the importance of a high school education, yet they now have to tolerate self-serving politicians and special interest ethnic groups telling them that our nation couldn’t do without them. Tell me another one, or sell me a bridge in Brooklyn.

    “There is a lot of lofty talk around all these local anti-immigration laws. The bottom line is that illegal immigrants did not vote in our immigration laws, which contradict our best economic interest, which are against our fundamental values, and which cannot be enforced without scarifying both of the above.”

    I haven’t heard any “lofty” talk. The states that have taken action have done so out of economic necessity, not with relish. And I believe that the states involved in these actions actually know whats in the best interests of their people better than the leftists in Washington and the self-serving ethnocentric groups who are motivated more by what they perceive as a gold mine of future political power. You have no first hand understanding of what these citizens are going through. You sit there so self-righteous in your smug judgment, outside of harms way declaiming repetitiously that the government has no right to stifle what you see as your God given right to hire whomever you please, regardless of how many citizens you might hurt if you got your way.

  2. George Williams says:

    “When stripped from all of the demagoguery, local laws against illegal immigrants boil down to having police chasing people for willing to work harder and for less than others. In my book, if more people are willing to work for less, more wealth is created. What is wrong with this? Mr. Romney, as a capitalist, please correct me if I am wrong.”

    The demagoguery is from the Left; their false assertions that millions of illiterate and poor are not a drag on our economy, that they add value to our national ambitions of growing wealth, when the truth is that it adds to the half of the population that pays no federal income taxes and ultimately puts them in a position to collect welfare in the form of Earned Income Tax Credits. Such drains on our Treasury require a transfer of wealth from the haves to the have-nots by raising taxes on the former. Such actions deplete funds that would otherwise be available for private investment. The demagoguery is from those who would have us believe that it is sufficient that illegal aliens make up for their shortcomings in their federal tax contributions by paying a few hundred dollars of property taxes, sales taxes and other minor taxes. Any such taxes are do not even come close to making up for the costs of the burden of keeping them in this country. The demagoguery comes from those who have no compunctions with advocating for the continued presence of 14 or so million illegal aliens in the face of 11 percent unemployment. They include the racial and ethnocentric and the unscrupulous businesses that are an unholy alliance that cares little for the plight of current citizens. The former two look for racial/ethnic political power, and the others pose as advocates for free market economy when they really want freedom to exploit the illegal immigrant work force, free from government interference for the purpose of making money. No, the onus isn’t on Romney to prove that you are wrong, but on you, an advocate for amnesty for illegal aliens. Thus far you are unconvincing.

    It’s despicable, arrogant, an oversimplification and an insult to the citizens of this country for some to dismiss the concerns of millions of citizens by boiling this down to police chasing illegal immigrants all because they do not like competing with illegal aliens. I also argue that even if it did, citizens have a right to expect the government to consider their welfare over that of unwelcome foreigners who were never invited into their midst. Mr. Kowalczk seems to think that this country is a machine, a thing in which people are fungible; that foreigners have equal expectations to the privileges of citizens. It is obvious that our Founding Fathers didn’t believe this, as they didn’t believe foreigners should have an automatic right to citizenship. This is evident by the fact that the federal government retain the authority to establish rules for naturalization, thus the People retained the right to decide which foreigners would permanently reside in this country. Too bad Mr. Kowalczyk doesn’t comprehend this.

  3. Francis Carrasco says:

    Mr. Williams…I believe you just contradicted yourself. If people are illegal, they don’t qualify for government funding. The child that is to be born or has been born in the United States is the one that qualifies.

    Also, if American wants jobs, there are plenty of them. I’ve never read a newspaper or visited a website that lacked ads in the classified section. Have you? Perhaps that only exists in your imagination.

    90% of the people that attend the same school I do are American, as in the color white, born in the United States white or African American, as in born in the United States African American. I once did a poll on who would like to work for minimum wage, no benefits 8 to 12 hour shifts on a tobacco farm or similar heavy labor.
    Gee, guess what? They all said I could go to Hell and that there was no way they were going to work for nearly nothing. Now these are men and women ages 18 to around 30. So you see, people want to make money, but they don’t want to work HARD for it. Since they ARE citizens, they just wait for a check in the mail. I don’t know what United States you live in, but as far as I’m concerned focusing on immigration just veers the public attention from much more important matters and if you can’t figure out what political events are more important there is definitely a problem in your priority department.

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