Al Sharpton is off to Arizona to protest a state “illegal” immigrant law. Do we have a problem with illegal immigrants from Poland, or Italy or even India? As we hear more about immigration reform, I only hear the words Hispanic and Latino. How can that be?
The fact is that we are not talking about immigration reform at all, we are talking about keeping undesirable Mexicans out of the United States. Let’s not jump to conclusions, this country depends on unskilled people who work hard and happen to be from Mexico. They do a lot of work most of us would not want to do or unable to do, so why do we have such a problem defining the problem for what it is?
North of our border is a well developed country that started about the time the United States was born, a country most Americans would have little trouble making home. Do we have trouble with illegal immigrants from Canada? South of our border is a country that is in chaos, steeped in poverty and apparently a place many Mexicans would like to leave for a better life. Shouldn’t it be obvious that the problem is not immigration reform, but Mexican immigration reform and that solving this problem takes two countries, not one?
So, do we need immigration reform or a better plan to make the country on our southern boarder more like the one on the northern boarder?
If there ever was a potential for unintended consequences, it is in characterizing dealing with the southern US boarder under the mantel of “immigration reform.”