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Immigration: Pros and Cons
How do we begin to handle the problem of illegal immigrants in our nation? Where do they come from and how they got here? Illegal immigrants have come from all corners of the world and they arrived here both legally and illegally. Some came across our borders illegally seeking employment to support their families in their native land. They have learned to live with wages well below the poverty level and sent money to their families allowing them to live a better life, even though the standard if far below what we consider acceptable. They were quite often assisted by those in the agricultural and construction industries and many arrived as domestic workers.
When living in the Southwest I had been asked on several occasions if I would like to hire a Mexican to do everything from clean our home, cook our meals and care for our children. The price; a place to live, food and a few dollars a month; which they would send to their families in Mexico. It was obvious it was Friday afternoon, the school buses would be heading south bringing illegals to the boarder after they had spent the week as labors at construction sites. We had an illegal workforce which provided what we wanted, inexpensive wages.
If they complained, it was only among themselves. We did not have a problem with Illegals as we needed them to provide a source of cheap labor. The economic crunch, the collapse of the construction industry changed things. These people which had spent years or better, decades working for us became a problem. The people that had hired them no longer had use for them making their presence a problem.
Not all illegal immigrants provided us with a work force; but with a criminal element. These are the illegals that really present a problem and are receiving more protection from the drug traders and gangs. Those who simply want a better life for their families are the one who suffer most.
Students from all over the world enter our schools with the proper documentation but leave school either as a dropout or after graduation remain here rather than return to their native countries and families. A very small percentage turn out to be those who would do harm to our Nation or our people. When those few do they make the News and the entire group given the blame.
We are more worried about the fact that these people may cost us a few dollars than we are about the fact that they aren’t asking for that much. Should we return them to their native land? Their children born here are legal. Should we break up a family? Pros and cons do exist for this issue and we can make a decision that is proper or we can make on based on financial issues.
Doing the Right Thing may not be the easiest Thing to do; but it remains The Right Thing to do.
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