For some who reside outside of her borders, that part of Planet Earth resting primarily between the countries of Canada and Mexico, the United States is their first preference, their final destination of hope, their best and last chance for a better life.
Whenever I read and hear about how bad and unfair my country of birth is, I remind myself of all the people who desperately risk life, limb, and liberty to get here, regardless of the multitude of alternative nations they have to choose from. Sometimes I just shake my head and smile whenever I am presented with complaints from those who don't like the political status quo, the actions of distant states, distant municipalities, distant state houses; free will, freedom of assembly, freedom of mobility, among other options, remains available for so many.
Of course there is a price to be paid when citizens exercise their rights, but that is the chance that they are enabled to make. The government doesn't necessarily put a gun to one's head literally and says "YOU MUST REMAIN HERE." I am sure a Native American or three might have something different to say to that, but those folks who can make that argument are long since gone. Ditto for the millions of slaves who happened to be around the country during the 1860 US census.
We are of many voices, many shades of color, participating in choices of liberty, freedom, and capitalism everyday. Out of many, we collectively have chosen to become one nation, a distinct society very different from all the rest on this small, blue-green marble in the vastness of the universe.
Imperfect, flawed, and problematic, the United States of America still fills millions of Humanity's children with awe and wonderment. If given the opportunity, those same millions would vote with their feet and make the leap of faith toward these shores TODAY. We have to understand and accept that. Because, like it or not, some of them already are, and continue to do so, thankfully not in numbers so large that they would force our hand and require far more border security action than we are prepared to do at this time.
What is our desired end state anyway in regard to the desire of so many wishing to come to these shores? Do we let them all in? Establish some sort of express lane of sorts for those whose lives would surely be terminated if they were to be sent back to their nation of origin? Let none in for a finite period of time until after we can finally figure out what the proper action should be for those who sneaked in already? Maybe stop letting people in altogether?
How about actually enforcing current immigration rules (for better or worse)? We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. A society of "anything goes" won't be a society for very long.
Obviously, with a population as diverse and as large as ours is, there is going to be no single consensus that everyone is going to be cool with. For that matter, any protracted and substantive discussion on a national level would be quite welcome at this point.
Anyone here interested in helping the Feds finally figuring a way out of the current mess? I certainly don't mind a little micro discussion on this Live Journal and on others. Let's kick it around for a bit, but let's all remember to be civil to each other while doing so.
What's my first blush thought on the current immigration challenge the United States face?
Actually, not much has changed from my ORIGINAL thinking way back in 2006
. Hard to believe that not a lot has changed in the national discourse.