Originally posted by aubfire1:
OWP, I've read the thread twice. I'm not understanding what you mean by the statement that no one came here as a legal alien. There are proper channels for immigrants to come to this country, and many people do so every year. I know that everyone who WANTS in can't get here with this system, but that's life. If every human in the world could move about freely to whichever country was the most prosperous, I don't believe it wouldn't take long to see the pattern. Country becomes prosperous due to hard work and unity, people flock to it in droves, entitlement programs are abused, social unrest ensues, crime skyrockets, prosperity is destroyed, people flock to next prosperous country, repeat above. I know I'm oversimplifying things, but it sounds scarily familiar.
As for the humanity part, that is where I respectfully disagree. I personally feel that our fellow humans were there to start with; just because they are here now (as a result of an illegal act) I don't feel it is our duty or responsibility to help, aid, or even allow it. I know our opinions are just going to differ on this one, but I feel that if they didn't go through the proper channels to get here legally, then it is not our concern what they are sent back to. I know my opinion sounds cruel and uncaring, but I'm going to have to use the dreaded slippery-slope argument here. Is it honestly our duty as Americans to better every human's quality of life? Or just Mexicans? Maybe Iraqi's? When does it end, when we are all as impoverished as those we are trying help? Just doesn't seem possible to me. Just my opinion.
I take it that you don't support the war. That would be the only way to fully play out that argument since we're in Iraq trying to make it "better."
As for history, go back far enough and you'll see, from a native American standpoint, our ancestors didn't just take their land, they murdered them and took their land. Are you saying that they came here illegally and committed attrocious acts of hatred and violence just so we can keep others from being able to come here?
Yes, as you pointed out, you do sound cruel and heartless. Until Americans see themselves as humans first and then countrymen, our world will continue on its downward spiral.