Today is supposed to be the “Day Without Immigrants” in the United States. Millions of immigrant workers are apparently expected to not show up for work, to demonstrate how important they are to the country's economy. If it draws that kind of support, I am sure it will make some sort of an impact, but I think the motives behind the protest are very misguided.
The problem seems to be one of classification. There is a world of difference between an immigrant worker and an illegal alien. Almost 12 million illegal aliens are living in the United States at the moment, and while I sympathize with those who have come to this country to escape the harsher conditions of their own, it annoys and frustrates me that they have not had to go through the same immigration process as I have. I spent almost 2 years, and quite a bit of money, going through the process of getting a visa and then a greencard. It involved strict medical and security checks, and I was required to demonstrate my ability to guarantee I would not be a financial burden to the state. Although difficult and stressful (there was no guarantee of approval), it gave me the impression that America was making an effort to protect herself, and I found that comforting.
Well it seems that millions of illegal aliens have been able to “jump the line” that I was forced to wait in, and they are now looking for some sort of amnesty. That just isn't fair. These people have broken the law, and they should be deported. At the very least, they should be required to go through the same strict process that I had to go through before allowing them to remain in this country. Their employers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Immigrants made the United States the great nation that it is, but illegal aliens represent a drain on the country, and quite possibly a significant security risk.