The anti immigration feeling in this Country is not justified. This Country was founded on the principle of immigration. If you think about it, original immigration was illegal, at least from the point of view of the people whose lands and way of life were stolen from them.
The founders recognized the desirability and moral obligation of immigration.
Yes, we have millions of illegal immigrants and that’s our fault. We could have helped Mexico become a more livable country and we could have rejected the labor provided by those immigrants; we did neither.
So, now what? Laws are laws some would say; they need to be enforced and they would be right … if such a concept were uniformly applied. But the millions of Americans who “cheat” on their taxes, who employ illegal immigrants, who have an unregistered gun where required or do not carry health insurance know that’s not true. We rationalize exceptions all the time.
We need a fair process to weed out the bad apples and get rid of them. We need a fair process to document all others. We need a fair and effective system for admitting future immigrants so that illegal entry becomes irrelevant to honest people. And at the same time those who are designated refugees should be vetted and then admitted.
The United Stares of America used to be a positive example for the rest of the world and even today we attract those seeking safety, freedom and opportunity. And for that we have a right to demand allegiance to our system and our Country. We have a right to expect the goal is not to merely live here, but become one of us.
But we have a moral obligation not to build a wall or discriminate against any religion … and yes we do have a moral obligation to protect our citizens as well.
Why can’t all this be accomplished?