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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Arizona, Immigration, and Christianity

In light of the newly proposed immigration bill working its way through the Arizona government, I'd like to consider a few things.

But before we get started, you can see my views on what I believe are some sensible solutions both here in Part I, and here in Part II. I wrote these posts back in 2006, but even as I reread what I wrote, those ideas still seem to make sense.

Now on to the tough stuff.

I am always trying to see life through a lens of faith. For me, that faith lens is Christianity and the Bible. Now I wish I could say that this is what the bible says, and that it is clear as day with no competing viewpoints. But that is just not the case and no amount of wishful thinking can make it so.

For a view on the conservative side here is an excellent post for you to check out. If you want to see the more liberal side, here is another post. Suffice to say that like a lot of stuff in the Bible, you can probably make a case for either side of this debate.

What should not be at issue though is this. As Christians we are called to be compassionate, show mercy, and act justly towards the immigrant who is here legally, or illegally, just like we should act towards everyone.

So let me pose a few questions for you.

If the Arizona law is passed and upheld, which I doubt, how will the police determine if there is a reasonable possibility that someone is here illegally? Will he not speak English? Will he not have papers? What if he doesn't speak English, appears to be from a Latin American country, forgets to signal before a lane change, gets stopped by the police, and is a citizen of the United States.

When the police ask for proof of citizenship, how should he respond?

I mean, if he is a citizen, why would he carry that proof with him? I don't. do you?

Doesn't this sound a little like the dark period of American history when we placed thousands of American Citizens in internment camps because they were of Japanese descent?

Finally, as a good friend of mine used to say, "Riddle me this Batman."

In all of our headlong rush to label President Barack Obama a Socialist and accuse him of supporting the policies of Hitler, Marx, Lenin, and even Dr. Evil, isn't there the least bit of irony in the fact that those who are screaming loudest at Obama are the biggest supporters of this proposed legislation?

Finally, in closing, the picture above is the father of one of my dearest friends in Mexico. His Dad came across the border during WWII to enlist in our Army. After the war he was offered citizenship for himself and his family. He declined and walked back to Mexico.

Today I wonder if someone like this would be demonized for even trying to come across our border.

I'm just askin...

Comments on "Arizona, Immigration, and Christianity"


Blogger Brittanicus said ... (3:33 PM) : 

What Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has to say about Amnesty and Tax-Dollar Drain,

Lamar Smith is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Outside of the usual articles from Bloggers like myself and other opponents of illegal immigration, here is a very eye-opening correspondence by an insider of the Washington beltway. While others fudge the truth or downright lie or release rancid propaganda to the masses. Here are some bitter truths that this Representative from Texas is availing us of the ugly truth and the calamitous situation sending us into a black bottomless pit of American bankruptcy.

Rep. Lamar Smith states:

President Obama and Congressional Democrats have been talking about giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Tax Day seems like a good time to examine the impact that such a policy would have on your wallet.

Start with education. Using the average annual American public school elementary and secondary education costs, the Federation for American Immigration Reform has estimated that the total cost of K-12 education for illegal immigrant minors and the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is $28.6 billion a year.

Then there’s health care. If illegal immigrants are covered in the health care bill (there is not a strong verification mechanism to ensure they won’t get benefits), it would increase the bill’s costs between $10-$30 billion. Of course, it won’t matter if illegal immigrants receive amnesty since the new law requires health care coverage for everyone.

Social Security is another area of great concern. Claims by amnesty advocates that illegal immigration can “save” Social Security are false.


Blogger Brittanicus said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Last year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) ran the numbers at my request. Here’s what they found: For a single 25-year old male with very low earnings, today’s value of his and his employer’s contributions to the Trust Fund will fall $15,596 short of the value of the Social Security retirement benefits he will eventually receive. A single female will receive $20,936 more in benefits than she pays into Social Security. If the immigrant is married but the sole wage-earner, the couple will eventually drain the Trust Fund by $52,460; if the immigrant is married to another very low earner, the drain on the trust fund will be $39,037. The legalization of one million illegal immigrant couples who work for very low wages would be a $101 billion blow to taxpayers. And amnesty for all illegal immigrants would multiply this figure many times!

When it comes to taxes, amnesty supporters like to say that illegal immigrants will pay their “fair share” of taxes after being granted amnesty. This is deceptive.

Low-skilled workers often pay no taxes and receive a check from the Internal Revenue Service in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Putting illegal immigrants on the IRS rolls will actually cost the federal government money.

Since most illegal immigrants have less than a high school education and have well below average incomes, even those illegal immigrants who pay taxes pay far less in taxes than they (and their families) consume in taxpayer-supported benefits. Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation found that the average immigrant household headed by an immigrant without a high school degree receives over $19,000 more in total government benefits each year than it pays in federal, state and local taxes!

But the impact goes far beyond these direct costs.

There are nearly 16 million Americans out of work, and about 8 million jobs are held by illegal immigrants. By simply enforcing immigration laws already on the books, we could create millions of job opportunities for American citizens and legal immigrants who played by the rules and entered the U.S. the right way.

Instead, the Obama administration has all but abandoned worksite enforcement efforts. Administrative arrests are down 87 percent; criminal arrests of employees are down 83 percent; criminal arrests of employers are down 73 percent; the number of criminal indictments are down 86 percent; and the number of criminal convictions is down 83 percent since 2008. This insults unemployed and underemployed American workers who need the jobs held by illegal immigrants.

The hit is on your wallet! Illegal immigrants are a fiscal drain on American taxpayers. And the Obama administration’s policies only make it worse.


Blogger Tim said ... (6:28 AM) : 

They are here, and they are not going away. There will be no big round up that people like Britanicus yearn for. AZ seems to be going nuts. No need to get a permit to carry a concealed gun, and now this. What's next? What bothers me about this whole thing is how it's thrown cold water on the US Canadian border. When I was a kid it was nothing to cross the border for lunch, to go shopping, etc. Then we get cowboy Bush in there and he thinks we need to keep those evil Canadians out of the US, and winds up angering them, so we have a tit for tat so that the friendliness is gone, and both sides hassle each other. That's easing a little, but it'll never be the way it used to. Canada is not the Mexican border.

We have a "Keep out" sign on the Mexican Border and a "Help Wanted" sign 50 feet behind it for those that sneak over. Why? Business wants cheap labor who are more worried about getting deported than getting a raise. Republicans are genius in manipulating lower middle class whites to vote against their own self interest with half truths and outright lying. Riddle me this, Dave: Why are capital gains taxed at 10% and work taxed anywhere from 15-35%? Why not the other way around? Because the very rich like it that way. They don't work, they are the investor class. Whipping up hysteria against immigrants is really a tool to get people's eye off of what the puppet masters are really doing behind the scenes.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:23 AM) : 

Tim, if we tax capital gains at 35%, we will not see churning for the sole sake of making money.


Blogger dmarks said ... (8:16 AM) : 

Brittanicus: If your concern were really about the Federal budget, you would demand that we deport native-born Americans first. Far much more money is spent on them than on illegal immigrants.

The hatred of immigrants stems from a variety of reasons. These often included outright racism, and also dislike of immigrants because many of them do some jobs better than native-born Americans. I find neither of these to be valid at all.

Tim: I agree with your points. Except on the weapon permit. It's really none of your business, or our business. If you don't like concealed weapons. The partisan stab isn't true at all. People vote Republican (and this includes half of the middle-class and lower-class) because it serves their interests. Not because they have been fooled.


Blogger Jesús said ... (12:48 PM) : 

Mi Padre, el de la foto fue mi Padre. Enrolado en ejército de USA para ir a Japón.

Un saludo David.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (2:08 PM) : 

A ti Jesus!!!


Blogger timmer said ... (1:30 PM) : 

you're right...I do enjoy your take on this. most notably the hypothetical at the end.


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