Pick through this topic if you need to, but take a gander at this.
Things are cookin' in Washington DC.
In a television broadcast made by President Bush on May 15th 2006, he spoke of concerns regarding the the subject of immigrants, immigration laws, and the effects of outstanding immigration into the US from Mexico. Really, I'm not the best resource for enlightening all of you folks on this subject. But I feel this was a subject that would spark a topic here in the forums.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free~" This is part of a dedication that can be found at the foot of the Statue of Liberty. The words were engraved in the year 1903, after hard times that followed the birth of the United States. These words give hope to those that wish to find freedom from oppression from other countries, whether they were refugees or if they simply sought to find a better living.
It is part of an implied testament that most of us are aware of -- that everyone who wishes to find freedom of all types can find shelter within our borders. The United States has upheld this philosophy for a long time, though it seems that the Melting Pot is finally boiling over.
In an address made from the Oval Office, President Bush has commented on:
-- The influx of Mexican immigrants. Normally, the US would detain immigrants and try to get them to go back into their home country. When detention camps became overcrowded, it is fair to say that we have been losing control over the people that cross the border to stay within the US.
-- A plan to legalize and support the millions of immigrants currently in the US. Ideas have been given that range from employment cards (kinda like green cards) to guest-worker programs that offer lower wages to those that refuse to assimilate into US society and economy. Mexicans who cross the border without the intent to contribute to society will be viewed as felons to be deported.
-- The need to control US borders. Lots of money will be spent in order to assign at least 6000 troops to Border Patrol, at a time. It is possible that more than 150,000 different faces will be seeing to this task of helping the National Guard combat the problem of illegal immigrants from Mexico.
-- Overhauling laws for punishment against crimes done by immigrants. This all goes back to being a productive citizen of the country. Those who want to earn citizenship should have to assimilate into society, learn English, pay fines for breaking the law and pay back taxes.
These are a few of the issues that are being discussed, and there has already been laws passed that support many of these main ideas. As I've said before, you should read up on these things yourself to get a better picture.
This has been a point of controversy for citizens of the USA. Should we allow these immigrants -- whose allegiance to supporting their families could be defined as lack of support to the US -- to keep coming in? Will our resources just keep getting spread out to support everyone that comes in?
We can't keep everyone out, but we can't let everyone in. There's a critical mass that's being reached here, and while some of you may laugh at the idea of another Great Depression, it could happen within our lifetimes if something here isn't controlled.
I'm interested to know how this will be debated. I realize that there are a lot of people here in the forums that are not citizens of the US, but there are issues here that hit a common ground for all of us, in some way.
Share your thoughts. Don't get out of control, though.