On Immigration Reform: A Life With No Borders

Today I had a craving for Mexican food, so I hopped in the car and headed to my favorite taco shop. Got out of the car and stopped dead in my tracks. A sign in the window said "Cerrado". I totally forgot about the boycott that was taking place today. Shucks. I was really looking forward to having those carne asada fries :(

But anyways, power to the people. I commend those who are rallying today in protest of the immigration reform. Personally, I feel that there should be no such thing as "borders". Everyone should be free to go anywhere they want at anytime they want. I shudder when I hear people talking about "aliens" being here in the U.S. and that they "should go back where they came from".

The U.S. was born from people migrating here. Did those first people have to have "papers" to live here?

Being a very simple, black and white-thinking person, my simple solution would be: A world with no borders. But until that happens, here's what RedHurt suggests:

"Make citizenship an attainable option, and increase the number of legal non-citizens we allow in the country working towards citizenship. The present citizen-immigrant population can do a lot towards this end by helping immigrants adjust through educational programs, such as classes on learning English and assistance finding work. We also need to make it easier to get a green card - waiting more than a year to obtain a legal citizenship status when all of the i's are dotted and t's are crossed is just ridiculous. "

1 comment:

RedHurt said...

Wow, thanks for the link, and for your comments.

We really don't want a world without borders. Well, maybe we do, but we don't want the other things that we'd lose along with the borders. I'm open to suggestions, but I believe borders come with governments, which are required for peaceful societies. We don't have to look back too far to see what life is like without borders - filled, and I mean brimming, with war. You cite our founding fathers, who came without papers. I have a lot of respect and admiration for these men, but to the extent that the colonization of America was peaceful, it was an aberration, and it largely was not. They brought guns instead of papers, and life was much harder until stable borders everyone agreed upon were developed.

With that said, I don't think our current border policies are just, and even if they are, they're not working. I'm glad the hispanic population is letting the country know how important they are -- I just wish they'd find a cohesive message, a cohesive plan and platform, other than, "we're here - deal with it", to rally around.

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