Immigration is the most often used word in the US media today. In some ways it has become a derogatory term, and the reasons for that are vast and varied.
Today on the occasion of the International Day of the Worker, there were massive immigration rallies all over the US, including one in NYC.
The issues in the recent past have been muddled and the actual problem at hand seems to be lost. The issue is not about immigration. It is about ILLEGAL Immigration. Therefore I find it ridiculous that citizens of this country who were at some point immigrants are going out to participate in the protests. Why should illegal immigration be allowed in the first place. How does one justify any illegal activity ?
The illegal immigrants want a quick way in. They want to bypass the line and become legal citizens of the country. Citizens of a country they have no business being in. Of course depending on which side of the political aisle you are, you will have something or the other to say on this topic. If you are a citizen, you may not want the 11 million illegals become citizens overnite. If you are illegal, you bring out the human card, and ask for consideration et al.
In all this, the one person who gets fucked in the backside is the LEGAL immigrant. That is me, my wife, and millions of others like us.
We came here the legal way, followed the rules of the land, paid our dues, but have no say and no respite. Green card applications are backlogged to 2002, as of today. On the other hand, illegals who have been in the country for 5 years want citizenship. So are we the legal gentry, all fools ?? The two of us will pay a whole lot of money to lawyers etc to file for our green cards. We could just stay put, become illegal and then raise a ruckus and hope to become direct citizens. How easy would that be.
As much as America is the “Land of the Brave and the Free”, it is also the “Land of the Dumb, in plenty”. Nowhere in the whole hubris is the voice of reason speaking out for the legals. Most legal immigrants are professionsals, like us; architects, doctors, engineers, designers, lawyers et al. We bring about a wealth of expertise and knowledge that Americans don’t possess in the quantity they would want to. On the other hand, illegals provide service that Americans are too lazy to do; in most cases. Therefore, who really deserves to be here ??
Yes there is a whole humanitarian angle to the illegals and I do appreciate that. No one would want to run away from their land and home, to another alien country and toil endlessly for meagre returns. Its never easy to be in that state. But then there has to be a balance.
And that is the one thing that seems to be lacking. A Balanced understanding of the issues at hand.
Thus if you got caught in the whole news frenzy of immigration, I don’t blame you. But please stop and think about the situation that the legal immigrants are in. They are the ones that really matter.
ps…I address this as an issue. These are not my personal opinions on immigration. Personally I will never relinquish my Indian citizenship for another country’s