The Irony of Republican Opposition to Immigration Reform


First, I should point out-there are many republicans who DO want immigration reform. Indeed, possible Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have called for reforms. And Every republican president in my lifetime has forwarded some types of reforms. But back to my thoughts…

Several ironies strike me when we see Republcican opposition to immigration reform.

First- why many “illegal” immigrants are in the US in the first place. Jobs. The leading industries that employ illegals are agriculture/meat processing. The construction industry. And the hospitality industry (hotels/restaurants/etc). All of which are heavily republican dominated industries.

It is overwhelmingly republicans whose actions are directly responsible for creating the demand for these “illegals”. For flouting the laws in hiring them. I wasn’t quite sure whether to laugh or cry today when I saw so many on the right label Obama’s Executive Order on immigration the “emmancipation Proclomation”. The irony of comparing it to Lincolns freeing of the slaves from Republican industries is just too rich…

Another great irony is something that bridges the social and the political. The fact that most immigrants are from societies that are, heavily family oriented, heavily catholic/christian, and quite socially and politically conservative. If these people were welcomed with open arms by the right they would greatly swell their ranks. And yet they are abused and shunned- and pushed to supporting democrats. It if it weren’t for the underlying river of nationalism and racism in the republican party we would be having a much, much different debate.

And finally- which ties into the above- Cuba. For decades we have a “feet wet/feet dry” policy for Cubans. As soon as they touch land Cubans automatically gain US citizenship. And this has drastically changed the politics in FL for decades- greatly strengthing the GOP’s power there. I suppose the rights hatred of communism trumps their hatred of hispanics and foreigners. One would think the right would have learned a powerful lesson from FL, but I suppose they were so arrogant, or ignorant, they believed they could maintain power forever without having to embrace even more foreigners.

And I won’t even go into the irony of a political party that embraces the bible so fervently ignoring damn near every word their glrious christ said about treating ones fellow man…

 

Really, the only conclusion I can come to is this. Illegal immigrants are the modern version of the slave or indentured servant. People to be used- to be worked hard and underpaid in order to increase profits- and to keep down the costs of needed goods and services for the american population- which likewise serves to depress their wages/increase profits. And that giving these illegals rights threatens this whole system. It threatens the accumalation of wealth at the top.

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About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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