Here is my response to the bulletin posted on myspace. I’ve placed the original post further down in this post. This is NOT a personal attack on the original poster. These are MY thoughts on the issue of immigration.
The original post is very interesting and I recommend you scroll down to read it so you understand my response. Yet, to use the example of breaking into someone’s home as a comparison to illegal immigration is too simple and not well thought out. For instance, when someone breaks into someone’s home it is because they are intentionally trying to take something from someone else for their own satisfaction. In most cases it is premeditated and malicious. This is an issue of having a criminal intent because of a wrong attitude, motive, or desire. I agree that illegal immigrants should be dealt with and a solution must be found. It should be done with balance and the idea that we are deal with human beings. The problem is the U.S. has very porous borders and a weak INS system with poor manpower for slowing the progress of illegal immigration.
Yet, to compare an illegal immigrant to a robber is ludicrous. The motive for most illegals is to taste a bit of the American dream, which we flaunt so well to the world. The illegal just wants to help his or her family, which is a legitimate motivator. They aren’t here to “steal” anyone’s job. If that were the case then there would be more Americans working as laborers on construction sites or in hot farm fields picking fruits and vegetables. For that matter, if we want to speak of stealing then we should hand everything back to the Native American and Mexican people because the land we live on in Texas belongs to them, and everything on it.
We live in the land of opportunity and prosperity. We’ve created these monsters called individual rights, consumerism and power, which in effect contribute to unaccountable immigration, and other issues. We assume the U.S. Government should take care of all our problems (social security, healthcare, welfare, etc.). Think about it, if we REQUIRE that our government meet our needs, don’t you think anyone else that lives here would expect the same? I know what you’re thinking, “But we are American citizens.” I say, “That’s a load of crap!” We’re talking about human beings with emotional, spiritual and physical needs. What responsibility will we take as human beings to solve our problems? Or is it easier to blame the Government when our life sucks and we don’t have our way?
I digress. As we deal with the issue of immigration we need to take a good look at ourselves. We are a fat and happy nation that demands our government take care of us. I have relatives who have been on welfare for the longest time. They figure if the government is going to pay them for not working they don’t have to work. The programs in the FDR social system have too many loop-holes and lack the insight to motivate people to find their own solutions. The bottom line: Our social system has failed us and we’ve created a culture of selfishness. This, my friends, is one of the reasons why many Americans won’t work for the keep; at least not in the area of hard labor.
I find it interesting that we make issue of immigration when homelessness and poverty in America are growing. Some would argue that illegal immigration is a major cause of this. I disagree. There are many more factors that contribute to homelessness and poverty. We, Christians, should not depend on the government alone to tackle these issues. The Church should be at the forefront with taking care of people. It’s not an issue of religion…it is an issue of love. We would rather picket and argue over issues like abortion, gay marriage, and illegal immigration. We would rather legislate morality and let the government be the keeper of our faith and moral compass. We would rather tell people how to live and not demonstrate it with our own actions. The truth is we should put feet to our words and show love and grace. Personally, I don’t condone abortion, gay marriage or illegal immigration; yet, that does not give me the right to address them with an arrogant coldness and hatred. Nor should you deal with these issues in that fashion.
Love, my friends, is the key here for solving many of our human woes. Love is the key to the issues of life. Love requires that we give up a bit of ourselves, by humbling ourselves in order for others to have their dignity restored. I’m not saying there are simple solutions to these big issues. I’m saying we must step back from our emotional politics and realize the bigger picture of humanity and God.Let us not be blinded by our own desire for freedom and rights. We must strive for peace and love. Read James 2 and you’ll see a great picture of what Americans have become. Maybe next time I’ll deal with the issue of a national language. con paz and amor…Gibby Espinoza (Mexican descent…the son of immigration)
P.S. Next time I might post it in Spanish.
Original Post: this doesn’t make you racist…
Let’s say I break into your house…A lady wrote the best letter in the editorials in ages!!! It explains things better than all the baloney you hear on TV. Her point: Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.
Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, “I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).
According to the protesters: You are Required to let me stay in your house You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan You are Required to Educate my kids You are Required to Provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do all of your yard work because he is also hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there.
It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for well, you know, I did break into your house.
And what a deal it is for me!!!I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior.
Oh yeah, I DEMAND that you to learn MY LANGUAGE!!! so you can communicate with me. Why can’t people see how ridiculous this is?!
Only in America ..if you agree, pass it on (in English). Share it if you see the value of it.
If not blow it off……… along with your future Social Security funds…etc.