This is a very special article. I thank the Deseret News for providing a more
humanitarian view on the issue of immigration. Yes there are problems, but the
people I have known that are undocumented immigrants are here to help their
family. It is difficult to come, but they are willing to do it, in spite of the
potential problems, to help their family. We do need good immigration laws, and
we need to be governed by the rule of law, but we need to also recognize the
complexity of the problems real people are facing.
NINA. It stands for no Irish need apply. Immigrants are not a burden on
society. My wife is a immigrant from Russia and has an Incredible work ethic.
President Kennedy is a descendant of Irish Catholic immigrants who were despised
and treated as outcasts. Illegal immigrants did not cause the recession. Wall
street and greed did.
Please teach them right from wrong.
Just a little data for clarity here. In 2006 we had approximately 6.8 million
illegal aliens working in the United States. At the same time we had 22 million
American adults with a high school diploma or less who weren't working.
PLUS 10.4 million teens without jobs.Today there are 8 million illegal
aliens working and 27 million American adults with low skills out of work.Where's the compassion for them and their families? Many of our own
less-educated and less-skilled are unemployed. Those who are working suffer
from depressed wages and benefits because they have to compete with illegal
aliens.If illegal aliens lack work papers, send them home. They have no
right to OUR jobs with unemployment numbers like that.And I don't
appreciate men of the cloth mingling the terms "illegal alien" and
"immigrant." It clouds the issue and is deceptive.
My ancestors were not outcasts. We give immigrants a better chance today. Before
1976 America averaged 250,000 immigrants a year, by 1920 we hit 100 million, by
1970 we had 200 million, . Since 1976 we have averaged, In 1976 we changed the
rules to allow immediate family and extended family, in 35 years we have reached
300+ million. The chance to come legally is there. What happened to
people obeying the law, why are so many permissive of dishonest activities that
end up as multiple felonies to work? My ancestors had to have
permission to come here in the 1800's. Without the permission, people were
not allowed to get on board the ship. If they snuck on, they became part of the
crew, at no wage, and were returned to their country.
Why do the offspring of rejects feel they have a right to say who can or can not
live here?Our ancestors came here because they were outcast . Some were
considered street trash and beggars.Why not give the immigrants the same
chance our ancestor had? What ever happen to give us your poor your tired your
weak and so on? I say any who is willing to pull their share is welcome .If you
want to be a freeloader (most don't) then stay we're you are. I
welcome any who want to see our nation grow
Let me say upfront that I am not infavor of complete amnesty of illegal aliens.
But there are a few things we do need to consider. When many of our ancestors
came to the United States, it was a simple matter of boarding a ship, paying
some money, and arriving with a clean bill of health. Today it is much harder,
more expensive, and unless you have specific skills or can show that you are in
danger because of your beliefs or political views, you won't get in for
along time. The reasons our ancestors came to the United States is the same
that illegal aliens come for the most part. To create a better life for
themselves.This last year, most of us saw the movie or the play, Les
Miserables. Are we acting the part of the Priest, Jean Valjean or Inspector
Javert who himself came out of the gutter and now is unwilling to help those
trying to do the same.I belief that we need to show some compassion,
but if the immigrant (legal or otherwise) isn't willing to be a law
abidding citizen or even combate lawlessness in their family, they must leave.
Apparnetly, preaching obeying the law has fallen out of favor.
I was just reading yesterday but there is now a lawsuit for millions of acres in
Utah but no one recognized Indian tribe if this is one of the cases of a broken
treaty the court could very well rule in favor of the Indians which would mean
that people who own land in the area in question would lose them.it
was very common in our history that we would deed land to Indians and later find
out that the land was valuable and then take it back. these are all potential
mine fIelds where a lot of Americans could lose private land and be forced of
the land where they now reside or forced to pay rent on that landwere this to happen I'm certain the Tea Party mandate against compassion
would go out the window
"We have created a shadow society, a permanent underclass," he said.
"It's horrible for the immigrants. It's horrible for our
country." I agree that it's horrible but I don't think
"we" have created it. What "we" have done is provide such a
desirable climate in which to propsper that literally millions have come
illegally. And that has been their decision!I do hope we can help
them properly and get some resolution to the mess. While we all know that
forgiveness is easier to obtain than permission, the thing I see as a sticky
point is how do you grant forgiveness to those already in violation without
giving the message that permission is forwith granted to anyone else in the
future? If the end justifies the means for Group A how does it apply to Group
B?We always hear about the innocent illegal immigrant that is being
denied a life. Why do we never hear about the innocent victims of identity
theft (many, times children) who have unwittingly had their social security
number stolen to provide the opportunity for an immigrant to work and what will
be done for them?
It makes me sad that these churches encourage people to break Gods laws
forbidding stealing, coveting, and lying. They are not teaching right from
wrong, but asking that we reward wrong behavior.
The fact is that immigration is not good for the economy. If it were as good as
the pundits claim, the US economy would be prospering instead of having 30
million people looking for jobs.These so called leaders have no
concern for the welfare of people. They just want more people to fill the pews.
They do not give a hoot about the law abiding families forced into
unemployment and poverty by an over inflated supply of workers.
I think Bishop Wester knows full well that the vitriol is directed at those who
came here illegally, and the harm they have done to the American public,
especially the poor citizens of this country. It's time for the
Churches to show compassion to the victims of illegal immigration. Including the
real immigrants that came here legally.
This should read, "Churches compete for Latin converts".