I watched Bill O’Reilly respectfully make mince meat out of Monica Nova’s argument. She is pro illegal immigration and is apart of the “Drop the I-Word” campaign. Off course, the I-word is the word, illegal. She does not agree with this country’s immigration laws and views people who are against illegal immigrants as racists. Is that because of the influx of people from Mexico sneaking into this country? Well, as Mr. O’Reilly pointed out, illegal immigrants come from a variety of countries.
Plain and simple, People who do not enter this country legally are illegal. It is not a hate word. Illegal describes the status of those who sneak in and bypass this country’s lawful immigration procedures. Illegal also applies to those who do not keep up with their immigration paper work and procedures after legally entering this country. Personally, I do make a distinction between adults and children. Even though the children are also illegal, they are not responsible like their parents. Please note that Ms. Nova was legally brought to this country by her parents.
Gary McCoy Cartoon
I previously stated that some Republicans who are for allowing illegal immigrants to remain in this country are into cheap labor. This editorial cartoon from September, 2010 is still true today of the Pres. and the Democrats who support making U. S. citizens of illegal immigrants.
I find it interesting that you can find pro/con sentiments for illegal immigrants on both the Republican and Democratic side. I remember former Pres. George W. Bush the Republican leadership in Congress were for allowing a path to citizenship while illegals were still illegal. Democrats in Congress just wanted to make the illegals legal (Yes, I do remember when former Pres., the late Ronald Reagan made illegals legal). I think the pro path to citizenship for illegals to become legal in some way on the Republican side has much to do with acquiring cheap labor. On the Democratic side, I think it is about acquiring a new bloc of voters.
I hear opinions from everyday working folks from both political parties expressing pro and con sides. From people close to me, one who is a Democrat views the illegals as undocumented persons who we should welcome into this country. Another who is also a Democrat feels those who illegally enter this country should be sent back. This person cannot understand why there is any sympathy for the Latinos sneaking into this country when during the Clinton administration, blacks from Haiti and other Caribbean countries tried to enter this country without going through the proper procedures and were immediately put on a boat to were they came from (as oppose to those escaping Cuba). Yes, this person views it through the racial prism, because there was no national or political party supportive cry for the Caribbean blacks like there is for the Latinos entering this country illegally.
I try to tell this person that blacks from south of the U. S. border have also entered the United States Illegally. Our border along the country of Mexico, is not protected like our shores. It is easier to sneak across. We must also realize that other immigrants become illegal when they over stay their visas and do not keep up with other related paperwork. Well in any case, the illegal immigration problem will not be solved anytime soon, but we can start by first securing the border along Mexico to stop those from sneaking into the United States. I feel this is a Republican issue. I do not hear too man Democratic leaders being pro border security. And on that note I leave you with this piece of news.
The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) wants all reporters across this country to cease with the descriptor, illegal immigrant in news coverage. There are other efforts such as the educational campaign of immigrants and contrasted communities to drop what they call the I-word. Well if adults willingly violated this country’s immigration laws to enter or remain in the United States, the illegal descriptor should continue to stand. The descriptor, undocumented does not fly with me. I will not be dropping the I-Word. Illegal is not undocumented, it is illegal.
I do have sympathy for the children/minors brought into this country illegally. They are here through no fault of their own. Their parents are to blame for their unfortunate illegal status. Children/minors are the only illegal grouping that should get some consideration for obtaining legal status. I am not for the minors who are now of college age getting in-state tuition. That should come sometime after they are truly legal in this country.
This video is a few years old, but what you hear is still prevalent among the pro illegal crowd from south of the border.