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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Email forwarded to The Snipet. Comments? "Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the U.S. might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house)." According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family's insurance plan and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my right to be there. It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm hard-working and honest ... um, except for ... well, you know. And what a deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being anti-housebreaker.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 6/08/2006 08:02:00 AM  
9 Comments:
  • At 6/08/2006 08:28:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Your analogy (which is not original) is ridculous. We paid for our house; thus, we own it. We decide who lives in it. But we were born on this side of a border, decided by war. Therefore, as citizens, we pay our dues (taxes,etc.) and reap our rewards. If the border were open and all who earned money in the US paid taxes in the US, relationships would be better and NO ONE would be getting that quasi-fictional "free ride" that folks are so worried about. No one would care what language folks chose to speak, and no one would feel the need to be disrespectful enough to fly a flag upside down. Love is more than hard work and honesty.

     
  • At 6/08/2006 08:35:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Helen!

    Not particularly my analogy, but I was interested in comments! :)

    I guess as Americans living in a democracy we own this country also--is it not a government "for the people, by the people"? Don't we, as Americans decide who comes here and who can't? Just a thought...

    Looking forward to see what others think.

    -Jack

     
  • At 6/08/2006 08:49:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    And where does "the earth is the Lord's" come in? oops. wrong blog!

     
  • At 6/08/2006 08:54:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Heeeleen!! ha!

    Know what you mean...

    Of course didn't those Israelites destroy city after city in the conquest of the Holy Land? :) And...since the earth is the Lords, plan to invite an illegal to live in your back yard?

    Trying to be funny again--don't take me seriously. :)

    Actually, Helen, we take ALL comments, religious or otherwise, on the Snipet!

    -Jack

     
  • At 6/08/2006 09:08:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    Yep. Right after we set up teepees on the White House lawn! That Dubya needs to teach by example! :)

     
  • At 6/08/2006 09:11:00 AM, Blogger Helen Losse said…

    BTW, who is Stanley Truelove? Folks have tried unsuccessfully to find that out 239 times.

     
  • At 6/08/2006 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Stanley is the pen name of a friend who guest writes on the occasion. Been some time since he has posted though.

    Wonder who was here before the continental shift isolated those Indians? :)

    -Jack

     
  • At 9/28/2006 10:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In response to your recent inquiry "Let's say I Break Into Your House", I am pleased to inform you that your request for temporary residency has been approved. This is due in no small part to your impressive work ethic - it's not everyday I find someone willing to make the beds, wash the dishes, do the laundry, and sweep the floors with such efficiency and attention to detail. And to think you're willing to do all of this for minimum wage!

    Unfortunately, I must also inform you that it is not my policy to provide the requested health insurance, education, or related benefits, as this would cut into my profit margin. I sincerely hope you understand...no, I know you understand, as being an undocumented worker places you in such a position that you'd be unlikely to find such benefits anywhere in my country. Nor are you likely to find them in your native land; in fact, you'd be lucky to find any work at all. Don't expect this to change any time soon, because so many of the politicians in your own country have been corrupted by wealthy drug dealers - drug dealers whom the citizens of my nation subsidize quite generously.

    You will, however, be allowed to stay and work in my home in exchange for the low-wage-no-benefits arrangement outlined above. You see, I fully appreciate the economic advantages of cheap labor, especially without the added burdens having to pay for health benefits, social security taxes, and all those other pesky expenses.

    In conclusion, I am pleased to offer you the position of live-in housekeeper. I hope you enjoy your stay, and believe me, as long as there are poor, desperate, un-educated people like you, greedy unscrupulous individuals such as myself will be more than willing to take you in.

     
  • At 9/28/2006 10:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In response to your recent inquiry "Let's say I Break Into Your House", I am pleased to inform you that your request for temporary residency has been approved. This is due in no small part to your impressive work ethic - it's not everyday I find someone willing to make the beds, wash the dishes, do the laundry, and sweep the floors with such efficiency and attention to detail. And to think you're willing to do all of this for minimum wage!

    Unfortunately, I must also inform you that it is not my policy to provide the requested health insurance, education, or related benefits, as this would cut into my profit margin. I sincerely hope you understand...no, I know you understand, as being an undocumented worker places you in such a position that you'd be unlikely to find such benefits anywhere in my country. Nor are you likely to find them in your native land; in fact, you'd be lucky to find any work at all. Don't expect this to change any time soon, because so many of the politicians in your own country have been corrupted by wealthy drug dealers - drug dealers whom the citizens of my nation subsidize quite generously.

    You will, however, be allowed to stay and work in my home in exchange for the low-wage-no-benefits arrangement outlined above. You see, I fully appreciate the economic advantages of cheap labor, especially without the added burdens having to pay for health benefits, social security taxes, and all those other pesky expenses.

    In conclusion, I am pleased to offer you the position of live-in housekeeper. I hope you enjoy your stay, and believe me, as long as there are poor, desperate, un-educated people like you, greedy unscrupulous individuals such as myself will be more than willing to take you in.

     
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