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Old 05-15-2010, 11:35 AM   #361
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your enemies are not Mexicans, INDY. the people who have put America in it's present state are the GOP and Wall Street.

find some other kids to pick on, not the most defenseless and most vulnerable in our society.
While I can agree that both parties on a national level, the last few administrations, many churches, sanctuary cities and much of the business community has turned a blind eye, if not contributed to, our immigration problem...

you can always tell when you're discussing a crime issue with a liberal when those breaking the law are made out to be the victims and the ones choosing to enforce the law are demonized.
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The last "few" administrations? Come on INDY.

And damn those churches for being Christ like, don't they want their country back too?
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While I can agree that both parties on a national level, the last few administrations, many churches, sanctuary cities and much of the business community has turned a blind eye, if not contributed to, our immigration problem...

you can always tell when you're discussing a crime issue with a liberal when those breaking the law are made out to be the victims and the ones choosing to enforce the law are demonized.


but much like marijuana laws, the "problem" is wildly overstated, and the benefits of legalization/amnesty would be better for everyone involved.
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:58 PM   #364
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your enemies are not Mexicans, INDY. the people who have put America in it's present state are the GOP and Wall Street.

find some other kids to pick on, not the most defenseless and most vulnerable in our society.
I agree that immigrants are entirely the wrong target.

But - and I'm not trying to start a row here - but it seems to me that the mainstream liberal left is largely reluctant to even admit that any valid critique of mass immigration can be made because it fears accusations of racism.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:09 PM   #365
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Nothing at all to do with the drug traffic, murders, kidnappings, overcrowded prisons, overrun emergency rooms, overwhelmed schools, non-insured drivers, the identity theft, the overstressed government budgets or the loss of American jobs to non-citizens.
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you can always tell when you're discussing a crime issue with a liberal when those breaking the law are made out to be the victims and the ones choosing to enforce the law are demonized.
And you can always tell when you're discussing an immigration issue with a conservative, because the immigrants are all criminals and very, very dangerous.

With nothing to back it up.
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Is there any difference in your book between a legal immigrant and an illegal alien?
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Yes.

Led Zeppelin had a great song about one, and Genesis had a really shitty song about the other.
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and Genesis had a really shitty song about the other.
Oh god yes. Absolutely terrible song - and adeptly satirised by Brett Easton Ellis in 'American Psycho'.
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Is there any difference in your book between a legal immigrant and an illegal alien?

of course.

we have laws and a border and it should be enforced, but deportation, destroying families, and racial profiling are entirely inappropriate to the "problem," when the reality is that immigrants of all kinds improve our lives.

i don't understand how anyone can have anything but the utmost sympathy for someone who is willing to risk their life to come here in search of a better life for themselves and their children.
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the reality is that immigrants of all kinds improve our lives.
Can you explain why?
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Can you explain why?


setting aside the numerous benefits of improving a rich multicultural environment where everyone benefits from interacting with people who are different from them -- everyone wins with diversity -- immigrants are often willing to do jobs that others won't do, immigrants who come here who are highly educated bring a drive and ambition that many native-born americans lack, and immigrants as a whole work hard and love their children and their families and look out for one another and network for each other and start very successful businesses -- from restaurants to laundromats to spas to whatever -- that tend to offer higher quality at lower prices than chain stores. they also tend to use public parks at a time when corporate America is seeking to destroy all public space.

there are broad benefits, and then there's how i, personally, feel as if my life and experience is enriched by a robust immigrant culture. it also doesn't bother me when i hear people speaking Spanish or Korean on the bus and i can't understand them, though that drives some people bonkers.

and i simply feel for them.

the story of the United States is not so much the success of it's native-born citizens, but in the ability of the USA to provide an environment where ambition is often rewarded, and often, even in areas that are seen to be uniquely american, immigrants are often the most successful.

case in point: Einstein.
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Irvine, you're forgetting the illegal immigrants' role in the death panels.
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Irvine, you're forgetting the illegal immigrants' role in the death panels.


it's true. because they suck so much out of our health care system, we're left with no choice but to shoot grandma when she breaks her hip.

just like smoking marijuana causes you to murder people for crack.
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In terms of the European experience of immigration, I'm trying to think of how my life has been greatly enhanced by 'Romanian' beggars and Nigerian fraudsters, but I must admit I'm drawing a blank right now.


(My apologies to any Romanian posters. I am well aware that these toerags have nothing in common with your fine people.)
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immigrants are often willing to do jobs that others won't do
So it's good that they're being exploited?
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So it's good that they're being exploited?

i knew this was coming.

it's good in that immigrants -- from the Irish in the 19th century to the Mexicans of the 21st -- have always been willing to start at the very bottom and slowly work their way to the top. it's also good that many highly educated South Asian Indians went to Silicon Valley. it doesn't matter where one finds oneself, what matters is the energy, ambition, and cheerfulness that i admire.

this is true of any economically advanced society. at the international school i once worked at, in Brussels, there were accountants from the Philippines who were janitors in the elementary school. people with medical training who drove cabs. because it was better than where they came from.
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because it was better than where they came from.

We have a winner. This is it exactly.
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i knew this was coming.

it's good in that immigrants -- from the Irish in the 19th century to the Mexicans of the 21st -- have always been willing to start at the very bottom and slowly work their way to the top. it's also good that many highly educated South Asian Indians went to Silicon Valley. it doesn't matter where one finds oneself, what matters is the energy, ambition, and cheerfulness that i admire.

this is true of any economically advanced society. at the international school i once worked at, in Brussels, there were accountants from the Philippines who were janitors in the elementary school. people with medical training who drove cabs. because it was better than where they came from.
Ah, but this a value judgment, and one promoted as established fact by neo-liberalism. Those who buy into this philosophy, if they hail from what we patronisingly call 'developing' countries, are more likely to emigrate in the first place. Obviously they will say they prefer living in the US or Brussels or wherever to the country they left behind - by virtue of the fact that they choose to leave it!

What's interesting to me is that here is a lot of research that indicates that there is no link between economic prosperity and happiness. Societies that are poor are quite often happier than societies that are rich.
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Ah, but this a value judgment, and one promoted as established fact by neo-liberalism. Those who buy into this philosophy, if they hail from what we patronisingly call 'developing' countries, are more likely to emigrate in the first place. Obviously they will say they prefer living in the US or Brussels or wherever to the country they left behind - by virtue of the fact that they choose to leave it!

What's interesting to me is that here is a lot of research that indicates that there is no link between economic prosperity and happiness. Societies that are poor are quite often happier than societies that are rich.


when i was a swim coach, i had some kids who were talented but didn't care, and some kids who weren't talented but did care.

give me the kids who want to be there.

and give me a multicultural, hardworking, upbeat society in the immediate suburbs of almost any city in the US filled with immigrants from (and this is just Arlington/Fairfax outside of DC) El Salvador, Korea, Vietnam, and Ethiopia rather than the snowblindness of the exurbs. or, where i work, i can walk out into the main shopping plaza area and in what was once a Jewish-then-black-now-immigrant suburb is a teeming hub of pretty much everyone, where there is no majority.

while i fully agree that "developing" nations is a bit of a patronizing word, and i do agree that a judgment is implied at least when it comes to culture -- though we've had people in this thread boldly assert the superiority of American culture to all others and especially to Mexican culture -- i don't think it's at all patronizing to say that there is greater economic opportunity in Los Angeles than there is in Tijuana, or in El Paso than in Juarez.

that seems like pretty basic fact, no value judgment implied.
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