Meredith just looks at me funny when I start talking about politics so I thought I would write about this here. When it come to illegal immigrants I really am torn. On the one hand I have my “want to follow the rules” self who believes very much that if everyone followed the rules life would be better. Think about it. If we didn’t have people coming in illegally we could open up the borders to more people legally. So all of those people who are breaking the law to come here are hurting those people who are doing things right. That bugs me. I believe there is a right and a wrong way to do things, and I think that people shouldn’t be rewarded for doing things the wrong way.
On the other hand I understand this longing for a better life, and the soft heart in me wants everyone to have a chance to live with the freedoms and opportunities that I have. The Christian part of me that loves grace and wants to take Jesus’ call to help the poor literally wants to say that all are welcome and we will move over and try to find some room.
So I have both of these viewpoints running around in my head and I don’t really know what to do with them. So here are a few of my thoughts.
- No matter what their legal status Christians should be going out of their way to minister to immigrants. Every pastor in the south should be actively working on learning Spanish (I’m not doing this either, and I think it is wrong)
- If we suddenly grant amnesty for all of the illegal immigrants who are in this country what about the ones who come in tomorrow. I mean when does it stop? Do we just open up our borders and annex Mexico?
- About the whole march thing I think it is cool that they here in our country they have the freedom to express themselves in such a way.
- Of course I think it is a little weird to use the laws of this country for your purpose when you broke the laws of this country to get here.
- If you are going to come and be an American be an American. Sink in deep into the melting pot and join us. Don’t leave your heritage behind completely, but when you are rallying for freedom given to you by a country that you have entered illegally and that you now want to give you amnesty it would be a good thing not to wave the flag of the country that you left. I mean that just makes common sense.
- Simply because I have a problem with immigration issues doesn’t mean that I don’t like Hispanics. I’m not racist if I want people to follow the law.
- Maybe the laws do need to be changed, but can anyone really argue that we need a totally open border? I don’t think so.
- So since there must be some sort of laws about immigration does that make us racist?
- I’m tired of hearing about the “cheap labor” of Hispanics as a reason we shouldn’t reform this whole issue. What we are saying is that we are mistreating them by not paying them a minimum wage and that is a good thing because at least they get to live here.
- Wouldn’t it be better for the Hispanics for them to get a visa and therefore get all of the protections that an American worker has?
- My thinking is if you want to be here and be a part of us that means jumping on board with the whole thing, taxes and all (I do know that some illegals use fake ss numbers and do actually have taxes taken out of their checks so isn’t all of them who are getting paid under the table)
- There is this running theme on talk shows and comedy shows that the whole state of California would grind to a halt if you tightened the immigration laws. Why? Why can’t we trade illegal workers for legal ones? Why can’t we trade people who snuck here for people who are here on work visas?
- I don’t have a problem with people working towards citizenship, but again if you are going to be an American a little assimilating would help.
I think for me it all comes down to following the rules. I can’t really see rewarding people for breaking the rules. If we honestly reformed immigration and made it so that no one came here illegally, but lots more people came legally then I think things would be better for the immigrants and for us. But of course this has become a political issue now so the chance of having an honest discussion about it and making logical changes to laws will never happen. Now people will just call each other names and blame the problem on the other guy. Welcome to American politics.