An immigration rally? Are you kidding me?

Alright, immigration is a hot topic now-a-days, and we’ve been putting up with these so-called “immigration rallies” in the past year, but now I’m just offended.

According to the quotes I’m reading, the participants are just flat out wrong. Here’s a quote from a Houston Chronicle article:

“We are not criminals,” said Roberto Organo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who said he has lived in the U.S. for 15 years. “We are looking for work to support our families.

Organo is wrong wrong wrong. Violating our immigration laws is a crime. That makes him a CRIMINAL! Geez folks, this is so simple. I saw a TV report of illegal immigrants saying that they feel abandoned by their president. What? Whose president? You’re here illegally. My president is NOT your president. If you don’t like your president, then elect a new one in your country.

Here’s a quote from a Reuters article:

“We came from another country because there was not work, no money and a lot of poverty,” said William Izquierdo, 27, a New Jersey electrician who arrived from Ecuador seven years ago.

“We want to do things legally. There has to be a plan, there has to be a way, that we can come over here and work and we can come and go,” he said.

Huh? He couldn’t find work in his own country, so he came to ours and is protesting? What’s wrong with this picture?

The Green Bay (Wis) City Council is considering a measure that would require any company or individual needing a city license to promise that they are here legally and that they won’t hire illegal immigrants. Bravo! It’s about time. If our federal government won’t enforce the laws, then local municipalities need to.

What I don’t understand about the Green Bay issue is the reaction of alderwoman Celestine Jeffreys. Here’s a quote from an April 18 article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

Alderwoman Celestine Jeffreys on Tuesday expressed concern over what such a measure “would say about our community.” She said it seemed wrong to prevent a restaurant or bar owner from hiring a nephew or cousin who might be ere without documentation.

“What does being someone’s cousin have to do with obeying the law?” Alderman Guy Zima asked. “What does it say about the community? That it’s off limits to people who break the law. Is there something wrong with that?”

I couldn’t agree more with Guy Zima. Jeffreys seems to think that as long as it’s your nephew or cousin, then they shouldn’t have to be here legally in order to work for you. That’s just ludicrous.

I’m tired of people saying that illegal immigrants are hard-working people and aren’t criminals. Since when does hard-working and tax-paying give you a free pass to commit crimes? Just imagine what it would be like if that mattered. “But your honor, I work hard, I pay taxes…”

Listen folks. The United States of America is a melting pot. Of course Native Americans are an integral part of our population, but we are a nation of immigrants. If it weren’t for our immigration laws, I wouldn’t be here. My ancestors came here from France, Belgium and Norway. And they didn’t complain when they got here. They came here legally, obtained citizenship, purchased land, worked hard, and most of all, they made this country what it is today. We already have a path to citizenship. Just use it.

I wrote a bit about this topic in a May 16, 2006 post. In that article, I said that I support President Bush’s plan to fix the issue. But let’s not confuse the two. Recognizing the problem, and fixing the problem are two separate things. Illegal immigrants must realize that they are criminals. They are breaking the law, and they have no citizen rights in our country. That means that they have no say in how we fix it. We Americans need to come up with a plan that makes sense. And if illegal immigrants don’t like it, there are hundreds of other countries in the world.