Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Demotivational Poster: Difference


Now that Obama has accomplished healthcare reform, the next logical step would be immigration reform. Let’s hope he knows the difference between immigration and illegal immigration.

Look, I have nothing against immigrants. I am neither a xenophobe nor a racist. I understand that everyone not born of Native American heritage is descended, one way or another, from immigrants. I understand that our country is the “Great Melting Pot,” a country built by immigrants. And I openly embrace the idea of immigrants coming to this country to seek a better life, especially if they’re from Mexico.

But I also realize—no, I know—that there is a major difference between immigrants who come to America through the immigration process, and those who sneak across the border in the dead of night. It’s the same difference between buying something and stealing it. One is legal, the other is not. It’s a matter of principle, not race.

Immigrants should be free to come to this country, but is it too hard to ask that they come here legally, pay taxes, learn English, and assimilate into our culture? Or is that racist of me?