Since yesterday I have heard a few people call Marco Rubio’s bold immigration plan nothing more than shamnesty which both an unfair assessment and an unfair way to portray the man as a not conservative enough RINO.
Isn’t it enough that we have a Marxist president because conservative panties were wadded up to the point they stayed home on November 6 to send a message to the GoP establishment? Didn’t we learn our lesson?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U98HzM8B3Ks (h/t BIZPAC Review)
What bothers conservatives the most about any kind of immigration reform is the evilest of all words in the conservative lexicon, “amnesty”.
Surely we can’t reward criminal behavior with the gift of citizenship, right? Surely we can’t give career criminals who have been breaking the law most of their lives a pass, right?
Wrong, not only can we, we have to or the immigration problem will never be solved. And, Rubio is right we already have de facto amnesty and need to accept that assertion as an absolute FACT.
MARK LEVIN: “He’s right. We have de facto amnesty right now. When [Rubio] said it, it set a light bulb off. … I said, ‘Well he’s right, we do have de facto amnesty.’”
I worked at a large facility in East Texas where half the workforce was illegal, everyone knew it, and there was nothing, due to hiring laws that are ineffective at screening illegals out, anyone could do about it. Assuming this was not one isolated micro-chasm of America, what can a logical person call this situation but de facto amnesty? When mangers have to communicate in Spanglish to tell their employees when to take a lunch break and half the workforce takes off into the woods when someone wearing a blue windbreaker walks in the door, what exactly do we have?
I consider myself to be as conservative as anyone but the idea that we must lock down the border and round up every illegal in the country and escort them back to their homeland in the name of patriotism, obeying the law, and conservative moral high ground is every bit as absurd as a progressive gun grab.
Granted, conservatives are right in that the border must be locked down and secure or any talk or action on immigration is a complete waste of time. But, to give credence to the idea that we can expel all of the law breakers is delusional for two reasons; logistical impossibility and they are not law breakers, at least not in the traditional sense.
I believe people should obey the law and those who don’t should be held accountable but there are between 11 and 12 million illegals living in the U.S. right now making the mere idea that they can all be rounded up and sent packing nothing more than pure ideological fantasy. Yes, this sucks but we have to accept it and deal with it.
Call giving the people that are here now the “pass” Rubio is suggesting amnesty, shamnesty, a gross injustice, an affront to all things holy, or a moral kick in the junk, none of these silly words, labels, or slogans matters because it has to happen or the immigration problem will never get solved.
Decades of failure on both sides of the isle regarding immigration have escalated the problem to the point where the only solution has to necessarily involve pain, sacrifice, compromise, and hurt feelings from all Americans. Members of the military have taken bullets for freedom and the greater good for centuries and conservatives who parade around under the banner of patriot can’t compromise on an issue to solve a problem, really?
Another problem is that too many people are unfairly portraying the illegals as something they are not while disregarding the fact that they are only a symptom of a much greater problem that no one ever talks about. Someone I follow on Twitter, I don’t remember who or I would credit them here, tweeted something like this this morning.
“Rubio’s shamnesty plan assumes people who have been disregarding the e Constitution for years will all of the sudden start following it.”
This makes sense but only until you think about it. Granted, illegal aliens are criminals just for being here but, are they criminals because they have a criminal nature or because their hand is almost forced just in order to survive and have a chance at a better life for themselves and their kids? In order to buy into the concept of the above quote you must fully believe that 100 percent of the illegal immigrants in the U.S. are career criminals by choice rather than victims of an institutional problem that has existed for decades they are forced to do the best they can within. It not only makes sense to me that Mexican people would rather be born and raised in a country where they could prosper, make a decent living, and have hope for a future without having to flee and become life-long law breakers, common sense requires it to make sense for everyone.
I have thought about how inherently wrong it is to sneak into the United States, live under the radar of the law, dodge taxes, assume a fake identity, mooch off the system, ect. but, I honestly believe that if I were in the same situation I might (would) do exactly the same thing. Which brings me to the problem no one ever talks about, Mexico sucks. Sounds harsh right but it’s the truth.
Cabo San Lucas is cool, go have a blast in Cancun, and live it up for a week or so in Acapulco but, do so with the understanding that much of Mexico is a corrupt, poverty stricken, high crime, third world Hell that nearly everyone should want to leave, mkay?
Do people flee Canada by the millions to live in the U.S.? Do people flee Germany by the millions to live in France, Belgium, or the Netherlands? No, why? Because none of those countries are significantly worse than the other unlike the U.S. and our southern neighbor. This has to be addressed and fixed or again, no solution to the immigration problem, ever.
Why don’t we talk about this? Why do we spend billions of dollars forcing regime changes, fighting religious wars that have been going on for more than 2,000 years in countries 15, 000 miles away, where we aren’t even wanted, while our Mexican brothers and sisters exist in a drug cartel controlled ghetto? Why don’t we enforce the border and use our money, power, and influence to change what’s going on right next door instead of wasting time and effort in the Middle East where change is an epic pipe dream?
Going forward, conservatives need to understand that immigration is a complicated problem that requires a pragmatic and achievable solution. Disregarding what Rubio is suggesting and calling it “shamnesty” will only accomplish one thing. It will require conservative followers who are so stuck to their anti-amnesty ideology to henceforth consider one of the top Republican front runners for a 2016 presidential bid a RINO who is not conservative enough.
If we continue down this road it only means that the Republican Party is fractured beyond repair because not enough of us have the patriotism required to put the best interests of America above our own personal idea of what it means to be conservative enough to be president.
If conservatives are ready to hang shamnesty around Rubio’s neck like an albatross before giving his idea fair consideration then we all need to get used to saying President Clinton again.
Remember, the reason we have him for a president?
Instead of the obvious better choice for America.
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