Refugees, Illegal Immigrants and Immigrants

Refugee – a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

That about sums it up don’t you think?

So why as American Citizens would we turn our backs on those that we have watched night after night being bombed?  Children now orphaned because their parents have been killed by those bombs, how do you watch a child covered in blood, obviously in shock and not have the heart to say “come little one to the United States where you will be safe”?  How can anyone be that heartless?

Illegal Immigrant –  an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa.

This one is hard for me.  Do I think people should be sneaking across borders in the middle of the night without following the rules?  No.  But here is the problem, it’s been allowed for so long that now we have a situation where these people have now given birth to children here in the United States, making the children natural born citizens.  Do I think you split up these families? No.  I think that is unfair to the children that had absolutely nothing to do with their parents decision.

I do believe that illegal immigration needs to be stopped.  Do I think there needs to be a wall? No.  Do I think there needs to be better border patrolling? Yes.  Here’s the deal, if someone wants something bad enough they are going to figure out a way to get it.  No matter how many locks you have on your front door, if someone wants to rob you they will find a way in.  So I don’t believe a wall is the answer.  Not only that, but I don’t care to pay for said wall.

So here are some thoughts…

Each case is different and needs to be thoroughly reviewed.  At this point to me that is the only thing to do.

Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos the illegal immigrant in Phoenix, Arizona that was deported due to being an illegal immigrant.  Who at one time had been arrested/convicted for using a fake Social Security number for employment (this happened 8 years ago).  She has two children born in the United States.  ICE determined the 35-year-old mother of two had no “legal basis to remain in the U.S”.  Hello?  How about the fact that she has two children that are United States citizens that are under age?  I know, let’s remove the children’s parents so that the kids can become juvenile delinquents.  Isn’t that like cutting off your nose to spite your face? (Am I showing my age?)

Question:  Is the illegal immigrant a working, contributing member of society?  Yes.  By all means stay, become a citizen, pay taxes, pay into Social Security, have a family, teach your children a good work ethic, emphasize the importance of an education.   Be an example for your children, be a good citizen.  I do it every single day, how hard can it be?

Question:  Is the illegal immigrant living off the system, not contributing to society, not working, being a criminal, just here for the ride?  Yes.  Deport them.

I think you have to look at the situation as a whole.

Come to think of it, my Great Great Grandfather, James Finch stowed away on a boat from England to get to the United States in 1868, where he denounced his loyalty to England and the Queen so that he could become a United States Citizen.  So yeah he was here illegally, but the United States welcomed him with open arms.

Immigrant – a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.

I think Immigration is an important part of our history.  All of you that know me, know that I am very much into Genealogy.  My family immigrated from Scotland/Ireland and England.  All of us are immigrants and all of us want a better way of life.  I won’t pretend to know the laws of immigration.  What I do know is that this country is not called the “melting pot” for nothing.





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