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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Family Hardship

Dianne Twinam:

I know that in recent years the mood among much of the American public has turned against illegal immigrants, especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "They broke the law," is the constant refrain. "Why should they be rewarded?"

The trouble is that the law is out of sync with economic and social realities in the United States -- especially with the job market. Many of those who decry illegal immigration willfully ignore the economic benefits it provides to much of the society. For most of the 11 million undocumented people in this country, this is the first law that they have ever broken -- a law that makes no more sense to them than the laws requiring segregated seating on buses made to Rosa Parks. If it were suddenly and universally enforced, it would produce an economic disaster.

3 Comments:

Blogger C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

Wait a minute. Rosa Parks was a legal citizen born in the US. Do illegal aliens have civil rights? Nope! The might, might have due process if charged with a crime. But they certainly do not ahve the same rights as legal alients who applied to work here legally. I'd like to hear your side of this point. Thanks. Great Blog!

8/16/2005 9:59 PM  
Blogger HispaniCon said...

This is an interesting point. Rosa Parks was a citizen, but she didn't have the same rights as whites (she couldn't legally sit in the front of the bus). The author of the article is trying to say that it made no sense that Rosa Parks did not have the same rights as white citizens, and in her opinion, it doesn't make sense that her husband should have no rights even though he's a productive member of society. I don't necessarily agree, but I see her point.

8/17/2005 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the "Family Hardship" blog was slightly out of context. I think I saw her entire Op Ed piece in the Washington Post. Her point was the hardship her family faces if her husband is deported.

He is apparently a hardworking contributing member of society. For sure, under current immigration law he does not have much in the way of civil protection.

Presumably he pays income taxes and social security taxes just like the rest of us.

Her further point was, doesn't it make more sense to fine him $10,000.00 for breaking the law and keep a productive family together?

8/25/2005 11:59 AM  

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