Tuesday, May 04, 2010

And this is a bad thing because...?

Here's a headline for you from CBS News online:

Immigrant Families Leave Arizona, Fearing Law

You can tell from the outset that the headline and the tone of the article are both plying for your sympathy. Read on and see if you can stay sympathetic.

First, notice that the headline simply refers to "Immigrant Families" rather than what it should really say: "Illegal Immigrant Families."

One sleight-of-hand trick the statists love to do is to blur or abolish the distinction between legal immigration and illegal immigration; especially when they refer to people like me as anti-immigrant because I don't want people from other countries entering our country illegally. I'm not anti-immigrant, I'm anti-illegal immigrant. There is quite a difference between the two, although even in the case of legal immigrants, I think they should be able to show financial self-sufficiency and willingness to assimilate into the predominant language and culture of our country.

Moving past the headline, let's get into the article itself. I have to tell you, there is so much quotable crap, I have to fight the urge to post the entire text. Instead, I will point out just two paragraphs that made me chuckle.

First there is this:
On a dusty block in Phoenix, 15 years of the Quintana family's possessions are for sale.

Manuela Quintana said that they decided to leave when the Arizona governor signed the new immigration law.

For years, their family thrived with jobs in restaurants and construction, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella. Their 10 children were born here and are U.S. citizens. Both she and her husband are undocumented, and currently unemployed.
OK everyone, let's give a big group AWWWWWWW. Leaving aside the fact that they are "undocumented" (that would be "here illegally), you will notice that they have 10 children and are both unemployed. I wonder who is paying their bills and their health care and is putting food in their kids' mouths? Well, Quintana family, it looks like its about time for mom and dad and the 10 brood to go live in the home country. While you are back in Mexico, you are more than welcome to apply for citizenship in the United States, just like many other honorable people are doing, and legally, I might add.

Next quotable crap:
Manuela knows she broke the law when she came here 15 years ago. But she doesn’t see herself as a criminal.

"A criminal is someone who kills," she said in Spanish. "I just want to work."
A criminal is someone who kills? That is your rationalization? I'm sure that your reason for being in the United States really is just to work. There are countless people who want to be here just to work. What about all the people who have stayed in their home country, applied for legal immigration to the United States, and have been patient and made the sacrifice to come here within the parameters of federal immigration law? What about them?

For these illegal aliens to jump the line like they have, they are flipping the bird to all those who are following the law.

Back to Mexico with you, and I am happy to hear that this new Arizona law gave you the necessary push.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson


Don, American Idle said...
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Don, American Idle said...

(Typo) Adios, Manuela. Don't come back.

Anonymous said...

I've got a feeling that this family will end up in California...doesn't our great state give the highest amount of $$ for social services?

I know from experience they have a great system (known as Worker's Comp) for undocumented immigrants to earn extra cash. I'm in the system now due to a real work injury and my WC doc's waiting room is always 90-95% non-English speaking immigrants.