No, I do not think that American citizens should have to pay for those living in the country illegally. However, I DO think we're making it next to impossible for those who do want to become citizens to do so!! They have to go through a ridiculous process that entails going back to Mexico and waiting for some papers, yada yada yada....how many of you have the money to just pick up and go to Mexico for an indefinite vacation?? If you've been to Mexico and stepped off of your plush resort, you know EXACTLY why these people want to be here! Isn't America supposed to be the land of opportunity?
Yes, I realize that there are violence issues and crime rates that have been affected by illegal immigration. What I also realize is that when compared to the amount of violence our very own citizens cause and are responsible for in this country, there is no comparison! Of course, the media throws out all the stories and statistics and gets America all riled up with violence and biased opinions. Shame we aren't always so concerned about citizenship...
Are they taking American jobs? Folks you're not going to like me after this one...NO!!! They are not 'taking jobs from Americans' Check out your local unemployment lines and tell me who you see there. You'll see Americans who could be in line for a job interview, who could be asking anyone and everyone for a job or a chance to earn money in exchange for hard work...but aren't. The jobs that are being 'taken' by illegal immigrants are the jobs that AMERICANS WON'T DO!! They're the jobs that wouldn't get done unless they did them. If all illegal immigrants quit working for one day only, this country would be in a hurting place and we'd all notice the difference in some way.
We need a compromise. We need to find a fair and far more attainable way for citizens of others countries to become citizens of ours if that is their wish. We need to do so in a respectable manor that involves treating these citizens with common decency. If that happened and the peaceful law-abiding new citizens got their papers, then we would have no problem disciplining those who simply chose not to. If they do not want to be a citizen, they do not need to live here. Simple. In other countries is it just that simple. But if they do, we need to work with them, not against. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." is engraved at our Statue of Liberty. Are we liars or just selfish. We CAN find a compromise!!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get on the road with my hubby for a road trip. We're going to Arizona! We're boycotting the boycott. Arizona is simply trying to find something that works for them. We love it there, it's a beautiful state and a great place to vacation with plenty to do and see.... oh, and did I mention we're picking up Leo who has been there for a few days with his grandparents?!! LOVE a good road trip;)