An article came out on Sunday, February 10th, written by Andy Sullivan concerning Eric Cantor, the number 2 republican in the House of Representatives, and his newfound support of the child immigration laws posed for consideration by Congress. These same laws which agree to grant citizenship to immigrant children were opposed when they were brought before Congress in 2010 as a part of the DREAM Act.
Sullivan attributes Republican support of the law to an attempt at gaining favor and votes from the Latin American population which greatly supports these child immigration laws. The Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the passage of this immigration law as well as others for years. Dick Durbin who is the number 2 Democrat in the Senate feels Cantor’s new stand is definitely a step in the right direction, but he and his colleagues will continue to push for more.
Not all Republicans oppose granting citizenship to those illegal aliens living in America. Some such as Republican Senator John McCain aim “to provide a path to citizenship for all of those who are undocumented in the United Sates, not just children, as long as border security is tightened.” However, others feel that to grant these people citizenship would be the same as granting amnesty to “those who willingly broke the law.”
And this is true.
These people came over illegally and they have been reaping the benefits of American society without giving anything back in return. The protection the United States offers is just one of the many benefits of this country, but it is one of the most enticing. Living in a community where there is not constant war and strife offers more opportunity for a person to build a stable life for themselves or for their family because the threat of death is not hanging over their heads each and every day. A large contributor to this protection is the reputable legal system by which this country has thrived. For illegal immigrants, this system is both a blessing and a curse because while it keeps them safe, it is also bound to punish those who disobey the law, unauthorized citizens being one of the foremost in this category.
More benefits given to citizens of the United States include free health care and education. These privileges are granted to citizens because the services which they provide are necessary to sustain a country. Without health care, the country would lose many of its inhabitants to illness and infection and the jobs that need to be accomplished would be left without anyone to complete them. The same idea can be applied to education. Without it, the people of America would be illiterate and unable to fend for themselves. The ability to read, converse and commune with other people is a necessary skill for a community to thrive, and if the United States was to be left without people who possessed such skills the country would fall to ruin.
Therefore, these institutions are made available to all people because of their importance, but the money to fund such monumental operations must come from somewhere. That somewhere happens to be taxes. A tax is a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services from the people living under that government. Taxes are what help our way of life to continue. Citizens pay these taxes because it is a duty they must fulfill, but what about illegal immigrants? These people live under the same government as the rest of us and receive the same benefits as citizens, but they do not ‘pay their dues.’ They simply slide under the radar and bask in the splendor of citizens tax dollars which should be hard at work providing services to those who earn them rather than providing those services to people who do not contribute their fair share of work into the economy. It is necessary to understand that there is a proper way in which to gain entrance into this country and that as someone living in the land of the free there are certain obligations and responsibilities one must accept, such as paying taxes, if that person expects to also receive the perks. However, while I do believe something must be done, I do not believe deportation is the answer.
This country was built by those escaping from bad situations, those who had nowhere else to run, ran here, to the unknown and uncivilized world of North America. They worked hard and built lives and communities based off of one common thread, they were immigrants. For centuries people have been running to America in search of better possibilities and brighter futures. Why should we expect them to stop now?
Another issue with deportation is that if these people, these parents, are deported, they leave behind young children who will suffer greatly from the loss of their parents, or the children who have grown up in the U.S. and who know no other home will be forced to go and live in a place where they did not grow up, where they do not know the culture and where their lives may be in constant danger. These children deserve the chance to build up a life for themselves, one that will hopefully be better than their parents. After all, they are already here, why not let them stay?
In the name of family and the age-old American dream, I believe citizenship should be granted to illegal aliens who have built a family and a life for their children in America, so the children will not suffer the consequences of their parent’s actions. Even so, a line must be drawn. If illegal citizens are unwilling to comply with the laws of this nation, those laws being written by the government either national or local, then they cannot be allowed to stay. Uncooperative personal should not be enticed to see things a different way. In this area the colors are strictly black and white. Either the illegal aliens apply to become and then become citizens of this nation, in which case they would be allowed to stay, or they do not; the consequences then being their immediate deportation out of America.