Sunday, March 11, 2018

How To Help Undocumented Immigrants

I have plenty of progressive friends who recoil in horror at the thought of building a wall on our southern border and deporting Dreamers and other illegal aliens. They feel a tremendous amount of sincere, Christian compassion for those immigrants. It's well-intentioned and based in love. I would like to see the wall built tomorrow and the illegals deported. Here's how we can both get what we want.

The progressives should move to Mexico, become Mexican citizens and spend their lives working to make Mexico better*.

I'm not being facetious here. I really mean it. By moving to Mexico and becoming citizens of that great country, all of their time and effort would make Mexico a better place and they would be serving the needs of poor Mexicans every hour of every day. No more half measures. Go all the way and do what you feel called to do, my brothers and sisters.

Putting an end to anti-immigrant racism

Those of us who remained in America would build the wall and strictly control our borders. The only people allowed in would be the ones we wanted. Every Dreamer a planned and wanted Dreamer, as it were. That would mean that every dark-skinned person we encountered in America would be the kind we redneck bigots wanted. Every interaction would be positive. All of our prejudices would melt away in the warm bath of national comity.

This seems like the ultimate win-win-win-win. The progressives would be able to help the disadvantaged from other countries, the right-wing bigots would get to control their borders, the citizens of Mexico would see vast improvements in their quality of life and American Hispanics would see an end to racism. I don't see a downside to this at all.

With 5 of the 10 most violent cities on Earth, Mexico is in need of dedicated, compassionate, progressive citizens so very, very much.
* - Note that this works with European progressives who want to help Muslim immigrants as well.


ligneus said...

Yep, brilliant!

Timothy Eisele said...

"Those of us who remained in America would build the wall and strictly control our borders"

OK, here's the thing. Ever since I was a little kid, I've been told that impenetrable border walls are something that only totalitarian countries build. That the Free World did not want or need them, and that our long, mostly open borders with Canada and Mexico were something to be proud of.

So, why am I supposed to suddenly want, now, to completely switch gears? To spend billions of dollars constructing something that, up until recently, I have always been told would be a great evil and a source of shame?

And before anyone comes back with, "But the Commies built their walls to keep their people from escaping, and we want to build one to keep bad people out!", isn't that what *they* told their people at the time? That it was to keep the Evil Capitalists from sending in their spies and saboteurs?

Foxfier said...

....if you can't tell a jail cell from a house with working door-locks, the problem isn't the country.

K T Cat said...

Tim, there are walls to keep people in and there are walls to force people to respect your property. It all depends which way the guard towers face, no?