Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Immigration Reform (or the lack thereof)

I don’t often talk about my views on immigration reform. A lot because it is a very controversial topic. One that my friends and family feel very strongly about and it’s just one of those things that we all know about each other and choose not to "rock the boat”.

However, mainly I don’t talk about it because I chose not to make it the focus of why we are here. We are here because we choose to be together. And this is where we can be together. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. But that doesn't mean that I don't pray for someone (*cough cough*, Obama, *cough cough*)to make changes that will allow us to return one day (sooner rather than later).

Today Corin posted some articles that she had read online. The one in particular I really like is from the The Huffington Post .** I hope you will take a minute and read it. I think it really could be an eye opener for a lot of people. I think there is a lot of misinformation and stereotypes (as in they are not all drug dealers and free loaders taking advantage of the system...just as an example..)that people place on immigrants- and of course particularly illegal immigrants.

That being said, I am really grateful for the internet. It has allowed me to find others who are in similar situations and honestly? It is a relief. It makes me feel more "normal" in a way and it is nice to be able to talk with others who are in similar experiences. And surprisingly, our numbers are larger than expected. One day when I have more time I will post everyone's blogs here, so that you can go and read their stories too!

**I do ask that if you choose to read the article and you have strong opinoins that may or may not differ that you are constructive in what you say. If you aren't...well you know the drill.


Corin said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Anonymous said...

Well ,looks like not a lot of people are going to make comments. This is very hot topic right now, and as many people talk about it ,the better it is for the cause, people are very aneducated about immigrants, so,I think it was very brave of you to talk about it and you should get more involved since you were affected directly.

AndreaLeigh said...

I wondered what your thought were on this. I haven't researched it a ton so I can't really comment, but it seems to me we are just asking for racial profiling.

TCM book said...

There is so much hate and so many misunderstanding about "illegal immigrants" in the US. It makes me sick to watch CNN or other news reports that blantantly make up false information. My favorite is that illegals abuse social welfare prgrams. This is the biggest lie-you must have a US birth certificate to qualify for food stamps, Medicaid and welfare.

The US government has not problem accepting tax payments from "illegals" though. I love how Obama is blaming the Republicans for the reason that the immigration reform bill won't pass when in reality the last time the bill was proposed in 2007 it was the Republicans who sponsored it and Democrats as well as some Replublicans were against it. It's all politics. .. in the mean time families are being torn apart.

Sorry for this rant but I am in a similar predicament.