Hmmm…. let’s see if we can parse this immigration business.
Which of the following is the closest to your own views of the touchy topic of people coming to this country?
1) They’re evil rampaging monsters coming to take over our lands, speaking their unholy languages, and eager to grab whatever government benefits they can. We must round up everyone of them and ship them on cattle cars back to the hellholes from whence they came.
2) They’re sacred children of the planet, making their way as best they can, tortured in their birthplace, and willing to sacrifice everything to become true Americans. We must welcome them with open arms and give them the key to the voting booth.
So, second question: do you believe that those on the OTHER SIDE from you really believe either of these statements? Or (and I know I’m going WAY OUT on a limb with this) do you think that perhaps there is a middle ground?
Okay, now that we’ve got that settled, how about Congress (you know, those people who actually make the laws) getting together and working something out in that middle ground?
Yeah, I know I’m going to get that standard boilerplate about how you don’t worry if they come here legally, just get in line, yada, yada, yada. The thing is, THERE IS NO LINE for most of them. If you don’t have relatives here, or possess a dynamite high-in-demand skill, or have a few million dollars, the chances of obtaining legal admission to this country approach zero. So if you hand me that standard talking point, guess what? I’m going to give it the credence it deserves, i.e. none at all. ANY rational immigration plan needs to plan for low-skill immigrants.
And I’ll end with my standard stance on immigration: the time to worry…the time to REALLY worry… is when people don’t want to come here.