Monday, August 22, 2011
Telling it like it is
I was out of town Saturday, so Sunday morning I decided to see what I'd missed at the VA forum. I couldn't miss Alton Easton's blogs about the same subject with the same title. I had read this story in the Thursday's edition of the New York Times, but I didn't find anything to get excited about. Alton's blog served its intent on stirring up the emotions of the usual suspects. I couldn't find any mention of Homeland Security recent policy change in Sunday's edition of the Victoria Advocate or the Houston Chronicle. It wasn't even mentioned on any of the talk shows. That doesn't matter, title your blog " Pro -illegal immigration" type in some words using assumptions instead of facts, and you are guaranteed 100 plus hits of the same unsubstantiated comments.
It's fair to say that the recent policy change to suspend deportation proceedings against many illegal immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety might be a back door way of implementing parts of the Dream Act and a way to regain the Hispanic vote. It's important to realize that this policy only includes 300,000 people who were going through deportation proceedings. There are going to use “prosecutorial discretion" in weeding out the criminals and those who have flagrantly violated immigration laws. It did not say that the border patrol would stop enforcing immigration laws. The anger from the “no amnesty crowd" will be even greater when they find out that the administration includes gay and lesbians when they use the status “family" in their efforts to keep the family together. The president's approval in the Hispanic community has fallen from 84% to 49% because of his unwillingness to submit a comprehensive immigration reform package. They're not any different from any other special-interest groups that are waiting for President Obama to fulfill his election promises. That group doesn't understand that the GOP won't do a fraction of what they expect President Obama to do.
I wasn't surprised Alton used this topic to misrepresent the facts because he has done that so many times before. I remember a blog of his where he stated that Obama was coming after your guns with HR 45, which was sponsored by one legislator. It didn't have any support whatsoever, but that didn't matter to Mr. Easton. He also said the media was sexist toward conservative women because of the way that they treated Sarah Pain. It could never be because of her lack of intelligence. I was impressed with writein's answer on why liberals, Democrats, non-conservatives, Moderates, and/others do reply to his blogs. I wish that I could post Writein's answer but it's unavailable, so I'll take a stab at it. I can only speak for myself but who wants to get into a discussion with the likes of fatguy and jasonbourne types? One poster wanted to know with they could file a petition against a policy decision in enforcing immigration laws. A petition would do what? Then, there was the dictator, the Marxists, and the standard abuse of the freebies without a shred of proof. There are two statements that stand out. One poster said he would think about them serving in a military. There's no thinking about it, those people want others to die on the front line, so their friends and relatives don't have to. It's not unlike the American Revolution where the rich were able to buy themselves out of it. The second statement is a burr earn on my saddle. A poster said it was not racist to be against illegal immigration because Hispanics don't like illegal immigration either. That's a simplistic statement to give cover for blatant racism. I would say that Hispanic like all others do not like any of our laws being broken but there are able to spread equally the blame to our government's blind eye, employers, and ALL those entering this country illegally. Every Hispanic I now deplores the harsh rhetoric and inhumane treatment in dealing with our broken immigration policy. The “no amnesty" crowd would like for the immigrants to do the work for low wages and then go back home and come back in the morning and start all over. They don't have a plan on how to deport 11 million people because they want to do it all by attrition. They want to militarize the border, so they have a legal excuse to use strong-arm tactics and if enough immigrants die, it will send a message. Meanwhile, they insist we use the words “criminal" and” illegal alien," so we can continue to dehumanize this issue.
We won't have an immigration policy anytime soon because the Republican Party won't allow it. Republicans say that the Democrats just want new voters and think these illegal immigrants actually vote. I'm going to start calling these republicans the “no math" crowd. Let's take Victoria, we have X amount or register voters. Anything above that would trigger an investigation. Voter fraud is not even an issue because it's not widespread, I believe one year we had a total of 50, all against democrats but that's to be expected when you have a republican state Atty. General. The national Republican Party will not allow amnesty (their interpretation of amnesty) under any circumstances, but they don't have a plan on how to deport 11 million people. The only thing that you will hear in the GOP presidential debates is, "let's secure our borders first." That's fine but immigrants are going home in great numbers, and this administration has deported a lot more than the previous administration, so illegal immigration is on a downward trend. The president was joking in El Paso, but his message had a lot of truth in it. He said" they wanted us to build a fence. We built it, now they want it higher.....The GOP wanted more troops; we sent them; they wanted more technology;.we supplied it... What's next a mote with alligators?" I'm paraphrasing, but the GOP is like dealing with a steel trap when it comes to an immigration policy or any other domestic problems. I guess the plan is to continue to gin up the hateful rhetoric hoping that scares the immigrants away and deters our legislators from coming up with a comprehensive immigration reform package.
I'm glad I have this blog to vet my frustration because a lot of people aren't making an effort to even learn the basics. I would never post a blog like this on our VA forum because it would have an opposite effect of my intentions. Instead of having a reasonable discussion, it would turn in personal stories, immigrant bashing, name calling, and everything under the sun except the subject at hand. I don't expect to have comments from people agreeing, even in this venue, but it gives me a chance to state my case.