Thursday, April 13, 2006

Well, Gawrsh!

Some Immigration Marchers Pay High Price Some folks are getting fired from their jobs or suspended from school for taking off without permission to protest in favor of flauting immigration law. Of course, as soon as the advocacy groups sponsoring the marches get involved, the employers cave and the skippers get rehired. I wonder if people have ever gotten canned for skipping out to attend, say, a "Legalize Marijuana" rally, and then gotten rehired because NORML came calling? (For the record, I'm not in favor of legalizing pot.) I love this quote by a marcher:
"'We have to change the way the American people think about us,' Ortega said. 'We are here to work and to make our lives better.'"
Well, Senor Ortega, I'd say that members of your groups are doing a mighty fine job of changing the way Americans look at you. Yup. Flying the Mexican flag above an inverted US flag, chanting "La Raza!" and "Reconquista!", carrying Che banners, signs that read "Anglos are the illegal immigrants," beating up counterprotestors that just want to see the law enforced ... yup, you're changing the way people look at you. Not for the better, I'm afraid.


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tim said...

"When a foreigner lives with you in your land, don't take advantage of him. Treat the foreigner the same as a native. Love him like one of your own. Remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt. I am God, your God" (Leviticus 19:33-34, The Message).

Trying to reconcile this with your position. I know it's from Leviticus, which we like to discount much of the 'laws' there, (of course except those about homosexuality - we love Leviticus on that topic - but we little else seriously there - pre new covenant and all you know)

Have you ever been to an Adult Community Education center and seen the immigrants working so hard to try to learn English, to try to assimilate. This is really what the large majority want to do. I know it's complicated, but it is on both sides.

Corrie said...

There's no problem with the passage at all. Of course, the concept of national borders and immigration law hadn't been developed yet, so it's a little hard to say whether it applies to legal immigrants, illegal immigrants, or both.

Leviticus is pretty big on following the law, though, so I think it might be safe to say that this admonishment applies to the treatment of foreigners in the country legally.

I have no problem with legal immigrants who want to assimilate. I've worked with (and for) plenty of legal aliens and naturalized foreigners. Although my ancestors were here before the Revolution, legal immigrants built this nation.

I do have a problem with illegal immigrants who don't assimilate.

I have a bigger problem with people who REFUSE to assimilate, and insist on the government accomodating them.

And I have a REAL big problem with groups that actively foment sedition and insurrection.

tim said...

I agree with most of what you say here. Having at one time worked for a major food corporation, you can't believe the amount of time and effort spent devising ways to capture the 'hispanic' market. I then saw this in many areas and began to wonder about it- the move to spanish in so many areas and spanish friendly signs, etc, were actually be driven by marketing and capitalistic self interest. I believe far more than government mandate.

I do believe we as Christians have to look beyond simple answers and Nationalistic Borders and keep God's big picture for people and the world as our focus. The Jews under Moses may of been God's Chosen People who answered directly to Him, but I don't believe any nation since then can claim that, including the USA.