Immigration and Understanding

LaGringa blogs about her life, and situations in her life in Honduras.

In a recent post “Readers Made My Day”, she touched on Immigration issues.

This is a touchy topic, especially for those of us in/from the USofA. Husband and I know people; friends and family with a slightly ‘What’s NewsWorthy’ view on Immigration. Some form their opinions solely on one side of the issue without really knowing or understanding all the nuances that accompany it.

The most profound and poignant statement LaGringa made, and the one that resonated strongly with me is:

“It’s easy to have a black and white opinion on immigration in the abstract. It’s a lot harder when you know the human beings involved.”

It really is easy to be callous and cavalier when you or someone you know is not involved, when it’s just an abstract issue, but put a friend or lovedone’s face on the topic and your views will likely change.

I do believe there should be a registry, or a way for workers to easily and legally enter the USofA. I think the immigrants; whether Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadorian, Korean, or whatever provide valuable services and that the USofA would suffer tremendously without them.

Well enough of this for now, I could go on for quite a bit longer as I do have opinions, but this is enough to give us all something to ponder isn’t it?


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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2 Responses to Immigration and Understanding

  1. Steve Cotton says:

    Debi — My libertarian principles have always railed at the existence of borders. I know they have purpose, but most of those purposes strike me as being almost exclusively negative. If we could look at the immigration issue as the mere portability of labor, I suspect we could strip out a lot of the hatred. I was saddened by the Democrats’ insistence of including a “Buy America” clause in the economic stimulus bill. Not only will that type of thinking worsen the recession, it will give cover for those people who hate others because of their country of origin. Jonna is correct. It is a very tough issue.

  2. Jonna says:

    This is very tough, I agree with you and La Gringa. I’m disheartened by the hateful opinions I see in the US now. There is no easy answer but for sure having a face and a name and a relationship with those effected changes how you see it.

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