Current Affairs, Politics

A Most Bogus Argument in the Immigration Debate

I have been following the debate over the proposed immigration “reforms” and find it incredibly difficult to decide which side(s) are right.

One of the things I love, and I think most people love, the most about this country has been its willingness to take in peoples from all over the world, to give them a home, to give them opportunities they might not otherwise have. But on the other hand, I’m also in agreement with the argument that there have to be limits, for any number of purely practical reasons.

I am sympathetic to the belief that there is a natural migration pattern between Central America, Mexico, and the United States, and that a guest worker provision will help to preserve and enable that migration pattern.
 But I agree with those who worry that allowing large numbers of unskilled workers to work in the country will depress the wages for many workers, particularly lower income laborers without a high school education or specific skills.

But the one thing I do know, pretty unequivocally, is that the condemnation of protesters carrying Mexican flags is bogus, a red-herring, and really pretty despicable.  Do we get upset when Italian Americans fly the Italian flag on Columbus Day? Or when Irish Americans fly their banners on St. Patrick’s Day? Or when Greeks display their flag in their neighborhoods? No, because we know that it’s a display of affection for their culture and their roots.

I think the same thing is going on here.