There are always two sides to any question and answer. When it comes to immigration, those sides are always presented as opposing and even hostile to each other. On one hand there are those who say that we should stop people from coming into the country illegally. On the other hand we have those who claim we are a nation of immigrants. On their face value, both sides are correct.
However, as with any issue that can be rolled up in politics the issue of immigration is a lot more complex than that. The fact of the matter is our immigration policies are archaic and broken. There was an attempt to fix the problem with the so-called “Gang Of Eight” bi-partisan Immigration Reform Act. That bill passed the Senate, but the House Republicans shoved it into a drawer and did nothing with it.
As a result, we are facing a real moral conundrum. On the right we are told, especially by trump supporters, that all 11 million undocumented immigrants should be deported. On the left, we are told that is inhuman and there has to be a better way.
As a country, we have to figure this out. But, we should not figure it out in a way that only spreads fear. It doesn’t help that the administration is so confused over the issue either. There have been more leaks about how “deportations” will be handled, and we have already seen how this confusion is affecting people’s lives.
There are already two incidents that show just how inhumane these policies can become. One woman was allowed to stay in the country even after using false Social Security number to get a job. As part of her agreement, she needed to report to ICE twice a year for interviews to ensure she broke no other laws.
Last week, she showed up and was taken into custody and deported. The bad part is that she has two children who are American Citizens. Another woman faced the same problem. Only, instead of showing up for her ICE interview, she turned to a church and took sanctuary there. She also has children who are American Citizens.
We also saw the havoc that trump’s Muslim Ban caused families when that was first rolled out. There were reports where people who were legal immigrants complete with a Green Card were turned away. There was also one report where Customs forced to brothers to sign away their Green Cards after being threatened that they wouldn’t be allowed in the “country for years” if they did not sign the papers.
That is where the Immigration Reform Act would have come in handy. If that law had been passed, there would have been lots of money given to secure our borders. The E-VERIFY system would have been placed in effect nationwide so undocumented immigrants could not get jobs. And, there would have been humane ways to deal with the many undocumented immigrants already in the country to allow them to stay.
Immigration bans are nothing new to our country. There were several attempts to close our borders to immigrants of all stripes. There were bans on Asians, especially Chinese. There were attempted bans on the Irish, Poles, Germans, Italians, Mexicans, Jews and Catholics.
The biggest stain on our handling of immigrants was in World War II when we rounded up all Japanese Americans and put them in camps for the duration of the war. They didn’t do anything wrong, they were American Citizens, but they were Japanese and that was all that mattered.
The odd fact of this scandal was that the military took Japanese American Citizens into their ranks to fight in Europe. So, as their parents suffered in internment camps, Japanese Americans were risking their lives to defend the country that imprisoned their parents and family members.
Both the administration and private citizens have used fear to justify these draconian methods. The administration constantly rages about “terrorism” and how they are making our country safe. Even Saturday, our beloved leader announced the “Terrorist Attack In Sweden Last Night”. Only there wasn’t a terrorist attack in Sweden Friday night.
This is just another example of made-up attacks that his administration has put forth. Like the bowling Green Massacre and the Atlanta Attack. Neither of which happened. Then we have a case in Texas where four hunters claimed they were attacked by illegal immigrants while on a hunting trip.
They claimed that illegal immigrants, probably drug cartels, attacked them in their RV one night. That story went viral on social media. The right-wing latched onto the story as the reason why we need a wall on the border.
Only, there is a problem. According to police, the four were not attacked by illegal immigrants. The two that were wounded were actually wounded by members of their own hunting party.
“There were no bullet casings or projectiles from weapons other than those belonging to the individuals hunting on the ranch nor in the RV belonging to the hunting party,” the sheriff’s department told Big Bend Now last month.
The incident took place near Candelaria, about 250 miles southeast of El Paso.
Bryant and Daugherty, both hunting guides with Redwing Outfitters, were indicted last Wednesday on charges of deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others, local radio station KTSA reported.
But, there was probably a reason for this lie. It turns out that Daugherty does not have medical insurance. After the lie went viral, Daugherty was able to raise a total of $26,300 on GoFundMe to pay for his medical care.
Even Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller cited the shooting as “proof” that the border wall is needed. When confronted about the discrepancy, he simply said his tweets should not be held to the same standards as the press. Nice copout dip-head!
That, unfortunately is the environment that this “fear” caused by our beloved leader has created. We are living in a time when it is “fashionable” for people to blame others for their problems. It is “fashionable” for people to blame immigrants for unemployment, not the billionaires who hire them instead of Americans. Like trump’s own son who just asked for more visas for foreign workers to work at his vineyard instead of Americans.
We are constantly told how immigrants, especially “illegal immigrants” are trying to destroy our country. We are constantly told to be afraid of anyone and everyone who looks different from us.
Of course all of the people who are very willing to break-up families in the name of “law and order” all claim to be “god fearing good Christians”. Well, by their actions, they better be “god fearing” since they are going against everything they claim to believe in.
We have come to a point when our beloved leader can lie to us with impunity. We are at a point where our beloved leader’s administration can lie to us with impunity. We have come to a point where fear has been imbedded into our very social fabric.
Yes, we need to do something about our immigration problems. We need to fix our broken system. However, mass deportations are not the answer. Mass bans against a specific religion is not the answer. We have always claimed to be reasonable people who are willing to figure out the answers to our problems. These actions are not reasonable. They are not answers to our problems. They are simply another attempt to divide us among ourselves.
The Republican Party has been on a mission of “divide and conquer” our country for their lust for power for the last 40 years. Our beloved leader has taken that lust to new highs and instead of using “code words” he has openly declared war on everyone who thinks differently than him.
Under the so-called leadership of our beloved leader, we have lost our moral compass. We have lost our humanity. We have lost who we are as a nation and as a people. Instead of being the “land of the free” we are quickly becoming the “land of fear”. It may suit trump’s plan to establish his authoritarian government, but it is not who we are.
And, the shirts keep marching along!