Although it's too early to tell and W has a bad track record on illegal immigration, it does seem to be a start. Of course now that the President doesn't have Congress behind him, he'll try to do the right thing. Now that it's virtually impossible for him (or Congress) to get anything done.Immigrants March in LA over Bush PlanLOS ANGELES - Thousands of people marched through downtown on Saturday, demanding a way for the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush's latest proposal.
By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 34 minutes ago
Carrying signs saying "Amnesty Now!" and "Love Thy Neighbor, Don't Deport Him," about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted "Si, se puede!" or "It can be done!" and passed large American flags over the crowd.
Many were angry about a White House plan that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home to apply for U.S. residency and pay a $10,000 fine. (link)
Hopefully this will indeed happen and somehow slow the open border policy we have now. There are millions of people in the world that want to live in this country and many of them are worth the effort to get here. We benefit greatly from the people the move here legally and contribute to society as a whole. What we don't want/need or can endure is more people here on our dime that commit crimes, drive down workplace wages and steal jobs from the 44 million or so poor people we have now.
I have nothing personally against anyone that attempts to come here (or wants to have a better life) but I do have problems with criminals. The act of coming to this country sans-rules constitutes a criminal and should be treated as such. Every crime that an illegal commits, every job they take is something that should NEVER have happened. It is not a question of being 'humane' or anything, it's a question of ideals, law and right.
Most everyone I know locks their doors or lives with a fence or some other way to protect what they have from people that want to take it. Studies will show that these things DO NOT stop criminals, but they inevitably will slow them down, giving you that chance to protect what you have. Hence immigration laws and the fence. Neither will ever stop the flow of illegals, but with the fence we have the chance of funneling people that want to be here to the proper checkpoints. And if/when the laws of this land are enforced, we have the means to do something about the people that bypass the first-line of defense. Exactly how it works in YOUR home if someone makes it past your first-line, then you have law and the police to hopefully get you justice. And maybe the first place the Feds need to start looking for people that shouldn't be here, is these handy little get togethers.
I know there are many people in this country that think just because someone is here, they have the right to be here. Happily I am not one of these. There are enough people that I support by working 12 hour shifts on any given day. I do not want to work another holiday to pay for someone that doesn't belong here.
Make of it what you will, but unless you have a legitimate argument for amnesty for ANY lawbreaker, then don't give me the spiel about these lawbreakers.
Reason to hope and rant