Obama’s new immigration policy is causing a stir and yet I wonder how many Americans have actually had to deal with immigration? I’m quite sure very few of the politicians bitching about the new policy have had to visit their local immigration department. I doubt the vast majority against the new policy have had any dealings with immigration aside from paying their gardener.
Obama says our immigration system is broken. As an American, born and raised on mainland American soil, I can tell you that this is an understandment.
I have full legal rights to apply for my foreigner husband’s permanent residency. Do they make it easy? Actually, having my ovaries turned into testicals would be a less awkward procedure. Let me remind you that this is coming from a woman who is accustomed to dealing with Brazilian bureaucracy. In case you are not familiar with Brazilian bureaucracy it is like playing a complicated scavenger hunt while blindfolded with booby-traps with the occasional game of double dutch. It seems nice in comparison with the American immigration system, and cheaper.
Americans are missing the big picture. For starters take a look at the movie A Day Without a Mexican. Yes it was a crap film (most likely due to lack of funds/effort) but it made some damn good points. We Americans feel entitled. If you doubt me go into the whole welfare debate. I do believe entitled is the main adjective used by all republicans.
Well I’m sorry to say that all of us fall into this category. We aren’t picking our own fruit, mowing our own lawns, or canning our own kids’ vegetables. And these are honest jobs. These are hard working honest jobs. On a side note, this mentality will be the death of us if we don’t change it. It is the foundation of our feeling of entitlement.
Secondly Obama isn’t proposing a mass legalization of all immigrants:
“Illegal immigrants under age 30 who arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16 and who have lived in the country for at least five years are eligible for “deferred action. The new policy requires that these immigrants also have a high school diploma or GED, or that they serve in the U.S. military. Regardless of meeting these qualifications, illegal immigrants with any criminal history won’t make the cut. A record besmirched with more than one misdemeanor offense (urinating in public, for example, or skipping a subway toll) will disqualify the applicant.”
OMG, that is so scary! Kids who arrived under the age of 16, have a high school diploma and haven’t even been caught urinating in public are allowed to get work visas and be taxed for working there asses off?! Craziness!
Honestly, I think that we should hold Americans to this. If you were born in the US, didn’t manage to graduate high school (which is free), or at least get a GED, and have been caught pissing in pubic; you are out my friend. Screw you. You had a ticket to pass GO and collect $200 dollars but instead decided to piss on Boardwalk.
Call me the new Galileo but the world does not revolve around the USA. It is far past time for us to give a good look at our system. I agree that Obama’s new immigration policy isn’t the fix all. There needs to be a major overhaul. That being said, redoing immigration will be the work of not one but possibly 4 or 5 presidents. It is that messy my friends.
And while I am no Galileo, I am an optimist. I hope that we Americans as a people, including politicians who don’t necessarily count as people, can actually work together to make a truly better America. The first step will be for all of us to pull our collective heads out of our asses.
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