Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Some thoughts on immigration

  1. Why is immigration such a hot topic all of a sudden? A few weeks ago (before the administration’s polls took a steep nose-dive) this was not even a minor issue. How much are we as a nation being manipulated to divert attention from the continuing failures in Iraq, in New Orleans, in the economy, and elsewhere?
  2. Number of people who died attempting to cross the Berlin Wall: 171
    Number of people who died crossing the US/Mexican border from 1996-2001: 1700
    Why are we so quick to laud those fleeing political oppression for a better life, and so quick to blame those fleeing economic oppression for a better life?
  3. Why are the politicians so quick to seek to enforce illegal immigrant laws, but are unwilling to prosecute the companies that hire them? Both are illegal.
  4. The vast majority of illegal immigrants have earnings that would put them below the US definition of poverty. The last time the minimum wage was increased was in 1997, a worker earning the minimum wage woul earn a total of $10,712 (compared to the $25,000 increase in congressional salaries over that time). The inflation rate over the same period of time has been 24.64%. Perhaps if they could earn a living wage, Americans would be willing to take these jobs.

Oh, and in case anyone forgets:

American Service Personnel killed in Iraq: 2332
American Service Personnel wounded in Iraq: 17239 (officially)
Iraqi Casualties since the start of the Iraq War: ~40,000-100,000
Cost of the war to date: >$ 270,000,000,000
How long global anti-hunger efforts could
have been funded for that amount:
11 years
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found: 0
Ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda Found: 0
Ties between pre-war Iraq and the 9/11 Attacks: 0

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