May 12, 2012

A solution to the immigration problem

Make it illegal not only to be an undocumented immigrant but to be the descendant of an undocumented immigrant. Since our first immigration law wasn't passed until 1875 (and that only applied to Asians) this would allow the better part of the country to be deported (including much of the Republican Party leadership) thus easing our budgetary problems substantially. It would also help latinos elect their first president.

In the alternative, we might face up to the fact that a huge number of us are here because some immigrant snuck into this country without documentation - a foul practice that began in places like Jamestown and Plymouth.

By 1860 the percentage of undocumented immigrants was higher than it is today. About that time a state legislator in Illinois wrote:

"As a nation we began by declaring 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it, ' all men are created equal, except Negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, 'all men are created equal, except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for example, where despotism can be taken pure and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."

That immigration slouch was a Republican named Abraham Lincoln.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cute Lincoln quote, but "equality" has never been more than rhetoric, has it.

Question for you, Sam:

Why do we privilege the "unofficial" migrants from certain countries but not others?

What's the generally-accepted principle that supports such inequality? Is there one?

If incomers are ipso facto good and should be uncritically welcomed, why don't we send ships and aircraft to countries that don't share a landmass with us, and whose would-be migrants therefore have no practical way to get into the US?

Isn't it unfair to exclude the millions of poor and/or displaced people in Africa, the Semitic Region, and Asia from the benefits of US residence merely because of an accident of geography?

Why should they have to suffer when the excess populations of Mexico and points south need not? How can we justify that?

No visas, tickets, or prospects? None necessary - come one come all! Queue up for seats/berths -- first come first served, no limit.

Why wouldn't that be more fair?

I'm really interested in getting an answer. I've frequently put that question to those who beat the drum for "immigrant rights", but I've never yet got an answer from them.

Their silence makes their motives suspect.

Anonymous said...

Just make everyone in the world a US citizen.

Capt America said...

The immigration of Italians around 1900 was a big success. Why? Because it was stopped.

The thing about immigration is that it has to stop. Right now it has stopped because this country has become such a wretched place to live for most people. If immigration doesn't stay stopped, life here will get even more wretched.

What's your solution, Sam?

MAMADOC said...

The real solution is for families to be the ones to decide who goes where, how and when... No state should have the right to decide against the presence of one's guests in one's house and in the streets of one's communities. People and their houses should be the most autonomous spaces possible... and municipal citizenship instead of "national" citizenship (which is pluri-national in any case)should be the norm peoples on all sides of our national frontiers... God save us from the nation-state! The time has come and the indignados will point that way across the globe. Think globally, act locally.