Today I did my civic duty. No, I didn't vote. Instead, I e-mailed my Congressmen and Senators, and the other idiots who came up with this new immigration bill about the fact that NO, I do not support this, nor do most clear thinking Americans, and many immigrants. It is an insult what they proposed as a "fix" to the problem.
I don't usually get political on this blog, but I'm telling you, I have become increasingly alarmed at where this whole thing is going.
Michigan is a border state, albeit bordered by Canada, one of our friendly neighbors, I hope! But the fact remains that we are just as vulnerable as our southwestern states, but probably in a more hidden way. What really irritates me is that if I want to cross the border into Canada, a very reasonable likelihood, I now need a passport to re-enter my own country. Yet the illegal population does not need this apparently, and is now even given a pass on the whole thing. Why should I have to spend my money to buy a passport because of the likes of the illegals who invade this country every day, steal from our resources, and provide no more in the way of "necessary" labor than anyone else, when I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen? Letting all of these people in is a slap in the face of every American and every legal immigrant in this country.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against immigration--if done legally. My own ancestors, as I'm sure many of your ancestors, were immigrants. They came to this country with a hope for a better life, often escaping political or religious oppression. My own Polish ancestors escaped from the Russian army because of their religious beliefs. They came here with the hope for a life. They had a strong work ethic, but were given no favors! Everything they wanted or needed, they worked for and earned. Same as with me. They didn't always speak the language. They were discriminated against. But no one ever suggested that they be given free services or even cash in on the Social Security system already in place. They had to EARN what they wanted; they had to EARN their citizenship.
I have worked since I was 15 years old to make a way for myself, rarely asking people for any favors or help. I supported 4 children and a deadbeat husband for over 25 years, and continue to help support my grandchildren, because of the death of their father. They aren't asking for any favors from the government, so why should these illegals, who think they need a better life? Don't we all want that for ourselves?
And don't get me wrong: I do sympathize with their plight, but I feel I am in the minority here, when I work every day, every week, long hours, and never get anything for free (not that I want it). So why do these people feel they are "entitled?"
I hope all of you are as outraged and insulted as I am today.