OK, so I'm not used to doing three posts in a day, but really, this will be the last one.
So apparently most of the warehouse workers for my company ditched work for the immigrant protests today - which basically consists of immigrants not going to work or shopping to try to show the U.S. how much a part of our economy they are.
Excuse me, illegal immigrants in the U.S. - did I hear you correctly?
We are constantly deporting you back south of the border - yet now you're trying to show us how badly we need you? Really? Do we?
I'm a legal citizen of this country. If I suddenly decided to stop paying taxes, or to drive without a license, or anything like that, I would be thrown into jail. Yet, you want all the benefits of living in the United States without paying into the system that creates the benefits that you are taking advantage of.
I keep hearing that immigrants love America and all that, but if they love it so much, why don't they start paying taxes? Or get driver's licenses so they don't end up in traffic court in droves?
The ironic thing is, if they'd bothered to become legal in the first place, they might have had some voting power to shoot down this criminalization bill. However, it's clear from the immigrants' protest that their point isn't that they deserve amnesty in the U.S. based on their individual legal merit, but they should be legalized because there are a lot of them, and we might as well just let them in.
From CNN: "We understand the importance, contribution immigrants have made to the economy and the industry of this great nation," said retired Col. Albert F. Rodriguez, a veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War. "But the difference is that we and millions of others like us did it legally. We're all here today to tell all those illegal protesters, 'You do not speak for me.'"
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