It is time for us, as liberals, speak up against Obama.
The fact is that we are often lumped into a category led by Obama, a president who has been, at best, mediocre, and at worst downright destructive. It is hard, as a true liberal, to feel good about the direction this country is going, and to support, so blindly, Obama’s dangerous policies that hurt the American economy and push us back, rather then forward.
We are a nation of immigrants. My great-grandparents all were immigrants to the U.S.A before settling in and building a company up from the start. We should be proud that we offer so much opportunity to those who we let in. And yet, like any country, we must also protect our borders. Yes, I have known illegal immigrants (or whatever the new PC word is), some of whom were truly wonderful people who worked hard at their jobs, and to give their kids opportunities they never had. This issue is so hard for us because, deep down, many of us can emphasize deeply with these people, we know people, or are related to people, that came to the U.S. as immigrants.
But we cannot, and I stress this, CANNOT become lax in our domestic security. If we, as liberals, want to see more people employed, and yes, I believe we do, we must accept that letting illegal immigrants gain amnesty is both contradictory towards our goal and improper.
Many people have argued that we should allow illegal immigrants in as they provide a labor force that patches up our holes. My question would have to be is why Americans are not willing to take these jobs, meaning that we have to rely on illegal immigrants? Simply put, it is a circular argument. Illegal immigrants work in agriculture as pickers, or as dishwashers, because they can be paid well less then minimum wage, and worked much harder, and they have no legal or moral recourse. The fact that this source of cheap labor exists means that employers will not hire Americans for minimum wage (after all, why would you?), which means Americans cannot get these jobs, and even if they could, would not want to.
So simply put, because of the easy sources of illegal labor offered by immigrants, Americans are pushed out of jobs that could offer them stability. Of course, the main counterargument to this is that Americans see such jobs as being beneath them. I simply find it hard to believe that a man (or women) precariously trying to keep himself from falling into homelessness would turn their nose up to a job that would pay minimum wage.
Is letting illegal immigrants flow through our borders more importent then opening the way for future (legal) immigrants? This is not about the DREAM act (which I fully support), but rather against Obama’s extremely blase` attitude towards border patrol and protection. We need to fix the holes, and continue to deport adults caught in this country illegally.