I am the son of two Mexican immigrant farm workers who came to this country illegally and established legal residency. I am an American Citizen and very proud of it, but I would never deny my Mexican cultural background. My heart gushes blood with both American and Mexican foundations. I was very lucky to have been born in a country with the ideals and opportunities like the United States of America, which is what drew my parents here in the first place. To be honest with you, my parents love the United States but their hearts still lie in Mexico. My parents are law abiding residents, hard working, tax paying, God-fearing people who do all they can to live life in peace. Aside from all of this, my parents still dream of returning to Mexico when their bodies will inhibit their ability to work the unforgiving fields of California, this time is soon approaching. As an American citizen I also realize that this life of mine would not be possible without their initial illegal entry into this country, but I am not blind to the problems that immigration poses. I understand the frustration that some Americans feel, unfortunately most of them are Caucasian. I feel sometimes that post 9/11 America has become a fearful one, where fear along with anger will eradicate the image of what once was an understanding, and welcoming America. Perhaps the passing of this law will have no direct effect on me or my parents as far as the immigration efforts go. But one must not forget that the immediate deportation, arresting, documenting, etc., of over 10 million people would cost the United States billions of dollars. The Washington Post states
“The study, "Deporting the Undocumented: A Cost Assessment," scheduled for release today by the Center for American Progress, is billed by its authors as the first-ever estimate of costs associated with arresting, detaining, prosecuting and removing immigrants who have entered the United States illegally or overstayed their visas. The total cost would be $206 billion to $230 billion over five years, depending on how many of the immigrants leave voluntarily...”
The first year would tally in an amount of an estimated $41 billion alone. “$41 Billion exceeds the annual budget of the Department of Homeland Security”. Hence there lies a security paradox. Another thing to keep in mind is our national debt. It is the highest it has even been in our history as an independent Nation; over $9 Trillion and rising! Unfortunately I don’t have a direct answer to this question, which is why all people are debating it widely. But I would like to take the opportunity to point out that “American” overwhelmingly becomes Caucasian, the fear of immigration comes mostly from Middle and Upper class Caucasians. This is not to say that the arguments given forth in support of the Immigration Laws are ignorant, but rather due to coarse language and racist undertones, it becomes less of a national issue of more of a racial one. When I hear people talk in such a passionate fury against a race it makes me afraid, but afraid of my fellow American! Even though their anger might not be directed at me, I can’t help but feel a sting whenever some Americans berate another race, and in this particular case my own. I think it is important to take a step back once in a while and try to understand both sides of the story. I have read everything in Yahoo Answers, some sound blatantly racist against Mexicans. Others are more understanding of the issue and point out that there are good immigrants but would still support tougher border laws. I respect their outlook a little more simply because of their understanding. It is important to remember that these people seek America because of what it represents; Freedom. Some Americans like to say they offered Freedom the Iraqi people and it would be a shame, in my opinion, to deny it to people already in the United States. Freedom is a soul’s right to breathe, to exist, and pursue happiness. These are the very roots of this great nation. What I wanted to point out is that any answer will not be an easy one. Ideally, there would be a compromise reached between these two opposing sides, I just want people to understand that this issue is not just black and white and many things should be taken into consideration. In particular, this JD character who seems pretty passionate about this issue…I am not denying the validity to some (definitely not all) of your arguments, but do not fail to see both sides of the issue, or more importantly what either outcome might have on you and the rest of this country. And do you seriously believe that Mexicans are out to destroy the infrastructure of the United States???? Please...Lets be serious for a second, even if joking lets be responsible with our comments...We should all keep in mind for example, ridding this country of all illegal immigrants WILL NEVER rid this country of poverty, crime, or corruption and to think that the extradition of an entire group of people (whether determined by race, sex, religion, or in this case residential status) will, is ridiculous (I hope this pattern rings a bell for people circa 1940’s). If this is indeed an attempt to make America safer then we should never let our own fear blind us into closing ourselves from the rest of the world and turning our fear into anger, lashing at those that are different from us. We should not be afraid of each other! This country was not born of fearful men; it was born of men who believed in the equality of human life and the right to exist in freedom and sovereignty. But I am also not ignorant that at first this statement excluded African American slaves and this is precisely why understanding is essential and critical.