I have, for the last couple of years now, been listening to a growing national tension about the vast influx of people from other countries illegally coming into the US to take jobs away from native-born US citizens, become a burden on the US health care & educational systems, commit crimes & run around (gasp!) not speaking English. I'd like to make my unpopular position on this hot button issue clear, even to those of you in the cheap seats: I don't care fuck all about illegal immigration to the US. Come on in. Have some dip. Other than the expedience in procedures for the government that comes from being able to register your citizens, I have never been able to really understand why immigration in a democracy should be legislated in the first place. When ancient Rome had a problem with immigration, it was because of rampant rape & destruction, and so legislation was considered. The Mexicans aren't trying to burn the American Southwest, though, so I'm not seeing it. The vast majority of the people who come here are here to work, and without them - and EVERYONE is in agreement on this - the economy's in the toilet. There has been nothing credible to substantiate that immigrants cause more crime than what is proportional, and they do not, despite the machinations of Lou Dobbs, bring leprosy here by the fleshful.
I just cannot get behind it. I don't care if people don't speak English around me - though since that is the predominate language, I think they ought to try. No legislation required - your life'll be easier if you pick up the tongue of the realm, that's all. I tried to pick up some Spanish in Mexico, some Yiddish in the Diamond District, and some Latin at religious school. The so-called "invasion" of other cultures doesn't really affect me, to my knowledge, I've never had a job snaked out from underneath me by an illegal immigrant, and I don't feel the country being chipped away by other languages, people and colors of skin surrounding me. I find it hard, with what we spend on the war (and other poorly thought out endeavors, like tax cuts for the wealthy) that we cannot afford immigrants of any status within our health care system, screwy as it is. I can't see how adding a subject or two to the curriculum is detrimental - difficult logistically, maybe - but not destructive. As far as crime? A criminal is a criminal. Just as I fail to see how the Department of Homeland Security has made me any safer from terrorists, I don't see how these jackoff Minutemen or increased border patrols are making me any safer from criminals.
Now - perhaps there are some stats I'm missing, or a study I should see. Maybe you've a personal story or a damning piece of evidence you'd like to me look at, so's I can reeavaluate my stance on illegal immigration. Go ahead. I could be wrong. Until that happens, though, I'm going to continue to harbor 17 illegals in the trunk of my car.