I am distressed by the recent troubles with the current Immigration bill.
One one hand we have a Bill, which is imperfect, as all hurried legislation tends to be, and on the other hand, we have a bunch of freaks running around, muttering, and sometimes shouting about the need to round up, imprison, and deport those that are in this country illegally.
Do any of the people in the latter group have any idea how much it costs to imprison someone?
Are any of them prepared to pay the whopping increase (at least 25%) in taxes that will be needed to imprison and deport these people?
In order to round up and incarcerate (preparatory to deportation) this many people, we will need to build at least two, large "immigration prisons" in every state in the union.
Do you know how much it costs to build a prison?
Do you know how much it costs to staff a prison?
Do you have any idea how much it will cost to double the size of the Border Patrol?
Do you have any idea how much it would cost to double the number of ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in this country?
Do you have any idea how much all of this will cost the taxpayer?
I suspect you don't. It will cost a lot of money. Money we don't have... especially with two wars going on.
Do any of you believe that it is moral to break up a family?
Do any of you believe that it wrong that someone is an American if they were born here?
Do any of you have parents or grandparents that were the first American in their families... the first Americans only because they were born here? Maybe we should make you leave, too, eh?
Does anyone else think that it is inhumane, not to mention un-American to deport someone to a country where they might be killed if they return?
Does anyone think that the current debate about illegal immigration is racist? If not, why aren't you screaming about building a fence along the Canadian border? I love our Canadian brothers and sisters, but that doesn't mean there aren't thousands upon tens of thousands of them among us, working illegally, that no one gives a thought to.
What about all of the Irish immigrants? All of those quaint folks with the accents so many Americans love? Perhaps ICE should be doing sweeps in Boston and New York and fill up a 747 and send some of them back to where they are from. Can you imagine the shrieking if we did?
The America that I still believe in can do better than this. We are still the land that the "...tired, ...hungry, and ...poor huddled masses, yearning to breathe free" wish to live in. We can still absorb them. They can still be Americans if they want to be.
We need to work harder at finding the solutions that will allow us to live up to our greatness.