Crackdown on Illegal Immigrants
By Tom Proebsting
June 22, 2006
Have you noticed the increasing crackdown on illegal workers
since the recent Hispanic-American protests over stricter immigration
laws? Hundreds, even thousands have been arrested, detained,
and even deported. As an excellent example, the New York Times
(June 20, 2006) carried an article about Fernando Guadarrama,
21, a construction worker who had lived and worked in America
for seven years. The police arrested him because his rear license
plate light was burned out. He's now in a Larimer, Colorado jail
wearing an orange jumpsuit and understandably apprehensive over
his impending deportation. He has an American wife and two kids,
If that had been me I would have gotten off scot-free as I was
born in the US. But Mr. Guadarrama and thousands of others like
him don't carry this advantage. Most aliens who cross our borders
do so to avoid outright starvation. Corruption is so corrosive
in Mexico that due to the government and some of the business
leaders the honest laborers have been squeezed out of a fair
job. Between the choices of starvation south of the border or
working in America, I wholeheartedly welcome our Mexican neighbors.
They are political/economic refuges as much as the Vietnamese
and the Cubans who have pioneered boats to the free shores of
America in times past.
I grew up with a family or two of Mexicans in St. Louis. I was
a teenager by the time I discovered that many folks in America
don't like Hispanics. I never knew why not.
The American authorities use racial profiling against Americans
of Middle Eastern descent as our country lost 3000 citizens on
9-11. The American authorities use racial profiling against Hispanics
seeking a better life even though our visitors from the south
have not killed anyone. At least they have done no more killing
than US citizens have.
There are those who clamor for better protection for our borders
so we can keep terrorists out of America. However, extremists
in our nation attempted to blow up the World Trade Center as
early as 1993. As the line in the movie says, "They're here."
When I was a laborer in Memphis, I noticed that the Hispanic
workers contributed greatly to the building trades. They are
eager and hard-working, often sweating out some overtime voluntarily,
without extra pay. The agricultural business would also be in
sorry shape without the help of the Hispanics. Remove our guest
workers and see what happens to both industries.
After NAFTA was passed in 1994, did you notice that the flow
to our country of starving Mexicans steadily picked up? There
are officially about 11 million Hispanics living here pursuing
happiness and prosperity. CAFTA, the free trade agreement between
America and the Central American nations, was signed by President
Bush last year. Look for citizens of that region to hotfoot it
to America in years to come. Most free trade agreements are good
for governments and big business, but rough on the working man.
The Hispanics bring to the US a rich heritage, a solid sense
of family, a strong religion, and wonderful work ethics. Our
government should look past the Black & White of the problem
and start looking at the situation in Grays. Very little of life
is Good & Evil. It is mainly a choice of ethics, that is,
the gray areas. When the Beltway Crowd realizes this, only then
can our Congress begin to enact proper legislation to fix the
mass discontent in the minds of Americans and illegal immigrants
on the problem of our borders.
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