Here’s an article about the immigration rallies across the U.S. yesterday. There was a little bit of local news coverage of the rally held in Detroit. It appeared that there were about 300 people involved. I saw one American flag and three or four Mexican flags displayed prominently.
I’d like to comment on some excerpts from the Reuters article:
“Thousands of immigrants marched through cities across the United States on Thursday, but smaller crowds suggested their cause had lost momentum in this election year.”
Perhaps the crowds were smaller because the pool of available participants has shrunk. Although the issue has thankfully been pushed to the back burner of Congress, it’s still very much alive on the state and local levels, with many, many laws being passed to make it ever more difficult for illegal aliens to function in our society. Here in Michigan, the law was recently changed to prevent them from obtaining drivers’ licenses, as an example. Other locales have passed laws to crack down on employers who hire them and on landlords who rent to them.
“‘This is a very young country built off immigrants. The immigrants of yesterday are citizens today, so immigrants of today should become citizens tomorrow,’ said Jose Rodriguez, who came to the United States from Mexico illegally in 1989 and has since gained permanent residency.”
First of all, this guy is a criminal and should be deported. Secondly, his logic makes no sense whatsoever. Just because a nation is built of (not “off”) immigrants, it’s not a rationale for continuing to import more people forever. It’s like saying that a building made of concrete, once it is finished, should continue to have concrete poured in through the windows just because the building has a history of using concrete. The guy has no concept of overpopulation (except perhaps the overpopulation in Mexico that he ran from in ‘89).
“‘The police are deporting immigrants because they have broken the law but I think there is a higher law and that is to treat someone in a humane way,’ said Rodriguez, 42.”
Agreed. All illegal immigrants should be treated humanely during the deportation process. Did Mr. Rodriguez really come here to champion this “higher law” or did he come here, ignoring our laws, for purely economic reasons? Then isn’t it really poverty that he considers more inhumane? If so, then why didn’t he stay at home and champion this “higher law” of humane treatment of the poor in his own country where the need is greater?
“In Phoenix, no one turned out to march, in contrast to past years when central thoroughfares were packed with protesters.
In Tucson, Arizona, a few hundred pro-immigration supporters walked through the streets carrying placards with messages such as ‘Citizenship Yes! Deportation No!’ That fell short of organizers’ hopes that several thousand would attend.”
I suspect that, not only is the pool of available marchers smaller, but the remainder are laying low out of fear of being identified and deported.
Activists said the low turnout stemmed from the failure to push a bill through Congress last year that would have given illegal immigrants a chance to legalize their status. An estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, mainly from Mexico, live in the United States.
In one major raid last month, U.S. immigration agents arrested about 400 employees at five Pilgrim’s Pride Corp chicken plants from West Virginia to Texas in connection with immigration-related crimes, including identity theft.
So there’s 11,999,600 to go. Sounds like the immigration authorities better get busy!
Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth. I’m not talking just about the obvious problems that we see in the news - growing dependence on foreign oil, carbon emissions, soaring commodity prices, environmental degradation, etc. I’m talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.
Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.
But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.
The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight other countries - India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China - as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. The U.S. is the only developed country still experiencing third world-like population growth, most of which is due to immigration. It’s absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that’s impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal. If we don’t, soon rampant population growth won’t be the only thing we have in common with the third world.