I published a blog post a couple weeks ago entitled: Immigration Reform… Is It Justice or Racist? In the post I discussed both sides of the immigration debate. This issue since then has only gotten bigger, as the federal government has STILL not taken action to do anything to solve the immigration issue.
Immigration was once an issue that primarily only affected border states like California, Arizona, and Texas, but now since Arizona has begun cracking down on illegal immigrants and the federal government failed to take action, illegal Mexican immigrants have now dispersed across the entire country reaching places as far as Rhode Island.
Now a problem that was once confined to border states is now a national crisis.
In situations so hotly contested like immigration reform, it becomes so easy for politicians to point the finger at the opposite party and then rally their troops of constituents who don’t know their left from their right, but who yet still take a side on which party is to blame, although they have no insight into the history behind the issue.
The biggest issue in America we’re facing is the lack of division between both the Democrats and the Republicans. It seems they’re both the same political party. They both get nothing done and they both trade blame for allowing problems not to be solved.
Many Republicans parade around thinking their party is the leader in cracking down on illegal immigration, yet their fearless and all mighty leader President Reagan is largely to blame for his 1986 amnesty legislation bill. That’s right, Ronald Reagan wanted to allow illegal Mexican immigrants automatic amnesty, as did George W.
President Ronald Reagan signed that bill into law with great fanfare amid promises that it would grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all. Instead, fraudulent applications tainted the process, many employers continued their illicit hiring practices, and illegal immigration surged.
Source: NY Times
So Why Do Americans Hate Mexicans?
As a citizen of a border state, I know first hand the feelings of discontent Americans have with Mexicans. The racial overtones can be heard and felt from a mile away. Now before you dub me or the state in which I reside as racist, realize I’m not delivering hatred. I’m diagnosing the reason it exists.
What I am about to discuss is something I hope elicits real intellectual thought. It’s something you can discuss with your family, co-workers, and associates.
Under the false feelings of what the media dubs as racist, is really a fear of America losing it’s core values and way of life. Which brings me to my thesis.
Three years ago, I experienced first hand an issue that many people in the south and now throughout the country are faced with. I was denied a job because I wasn’t bilingual and fluent in Spanish. That’s right!
In America where our national language is English, I was denied a job because I couldn’t speak the language of a foreign country. This feeling stayed with me throughout the years and since then, these related issues have just gotten worse.
Issues similar to what I faced are what people mean when they say, “they want to take their country back.” This seems to be the mantra of The Tea Party, and while I’m not a fan, I do understand the feeling of wanting to take back America and restore the harmony that makes this country so great. Such as forcing people to abide by the law; and being a legal citizen is abiding by the law. Those not legal, must face punishment.
When I talk to people about their feelings of discontent and hatred of Mexicans it is often related to the belief that illegal Mexican immigrants haven’t earned their right to live in our society. They choose not to learn our language, therefore forcing legal American citizens to learn the language of foreigners so that we can get jobs in our country, and they simply haven’t earned their stripes.
Look at every minority group across multiple different societies across the globe that were willing to fight for their rights in their country to live the life that they deserved.
In the 1960′s, blacks fought for their rights and their freedom in their country: America
In the early 1900′s, Mahatma Gandhi led a revolution against Britain to gain their rights in freedoms in their country: India
Do you see the problem here?
Illegal Mexican immigrants have this belief that they can come to another country and claim the rights of citizens although they are not citizens.
Why do Mexican immigrants believe they have the right to make America better for Mexicans? Why can’t they make Mexico better for Mexicans?
During the American Civil Rights Movement, blacks were willing to be jailed, beaten, and killed to take a stand for their beliefs and rights in their country, as did the Indian citizens who led the revolution with Mahatma Gandhi.
If Mexicans ever want to better themselves, they must adopt the belief that they deserve to live the life they see fit in their country of citizenship. They must take a stance against the corrupt government as did other great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandi.
No great reward comes without a great risk. Mexicans must be willing to take the risk to gain the reward of the life they deserve in their country.
I wrote this blog post, because I see the spin of hatred that the media and politicians try to use to manipulate and influence our beliefs when many people don’t have any understanding of why they have their beliefs. This simple-minded belief system has to change.
The immigration issue isn’t about racism and it really isn’t about hatred. It’s about a feeling that many Americans don’t know how to intelligently express which is that freedom and rights aren’t free and they are not deserved by those who are not citizens of a country in which they demand liberties that aren’t owed to them.
There IS a solution to the real problem we as Americans and Mexicans face and it’s not about immigration. It’s about Mexicans taking a stance to fight for their rights in their country to better their country and their people.
Mexicans need a leader, just as blacks had Martin Luther King Jr. and Indians had Mahatma Gandi, Mexicans need a leader to led their country into a revolution. Who will take the platform?
If we’re going to grow intellectually as a society, we must have intellectual conversations about our beliefs, only then can we get past our simple-minded belief systems.
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