Just today, someone from Georgia commented on the post I wrote about the segregated prom in Wilcox County and was defending her state by declaring that all the other states were more segregated and racist than Georgia.
Funny how I came across this article about a billboard just recently erected in Georgia which is telling people that South Carolina welcomes undocumented workers.
“South Carolina Welcomes the Undocumented!
Sen. Lindsey Graham says His State has a Labor Shortage and Wants More Immigrants.*
For Job Tips, Call his office (864) 646-4090 Located in Pendleton, SC, Only 2 hours from Atlanta!
Courtesy of The Dustin Inman Society – Help us stop the RubiObamAmnesty!
“Dustin Inman was a sixteen-year-old American boy killed by an illegal alien in a senseless traffic collision on Father’s Day weekend in the year 2000.
He was on his way to a weekend of fishing in the North Georgia mountains with his parents.
Despite being in the United States illegally, the driver of the car that killed Dustin, Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez, was able to obtain a valid North Carolina driver’s license using his Mexican birth certificate and a Mexican Matricula Consular ID card….
Charged and indicted in the death of Dustin Inman, Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez is a fugitive after escaping from local police when taken to a local hospital after the crash. His whereabouts are unknown.”
It is not difficult to recognize and understand that the family is distraught after losing their son who was doing nothing more than spending time with his family. A horrible tragedy that no parent should have to endure. But to correlate that illegal aliens cause traffic accidents resulting in death is wrong. Completely wrong.
It would be like saying that since Gonzalo Harrell-Gonzalez is a male then all men should be banned from driving else they cause an accident and kill someone else.
And how many accidents are caused by people who are natural-born citizens of the US? Thousands upon thousands, but natural-born citizens cannot be targeted like illegal aliens.
The Inman’s are hurting from the loss of their son and desperately searching for a reason he was killed. But founding this Society is nothing more than finding a way to promote their racism, as this is what it is. Hate for another group of people solely based upon who they are as a whole.
As the vast majority of Americans agree, there needs to be some restructuring with our immigration laws. It is a fact – and everyone knows it – that people are going to enter our country without documentation…. yes, illegally. Regardless of the amount of border security. Although we still need to watch and protect our borders as best as we can, our country needs to accept the fact that thousands will still make it in illegally and focus on what can be done. For one, encourage these undocumented immigrants to become legally documented with a long-term goal of becoming a citizen. But primarily, first is to become legally documented… so they can pay taxes, for one.
I found The Dustin Inman Society’s Mission Statement to be diplomatic, yet does not seem to “match” the rest of the site.
“It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.” Barbara Jordan
This statement indicates that their members will follow along with what the majority of the people want, which is what a democratic society is about. A peaceful mission statement promoting working together for a common cause and positive outcome. Yet this site clearly promotes static changes without any thought of compromise, as well as having an underlying aura of hatred and finger-points racism when reading through the pages.
“America’s unsecured borders and the resulting illegal immigration represents a clear and present danger to our national security and public safety.”
Let’s take the recent Boston Bombing as an example. Although the entire immigration process by both boys is not entirely clear, they both did enter the US with documents and VISAs. Neither had a background within their own countries prior to moving to the States. There was no reason to deny their desire to move and become US citizens. Although their actions ended up being horribly tragic, they grossly contradict that undocumented equals “danger to national security.”
Besides, there are thousands more naturally born citizens who pose a threat to our national security and public safety on a daily basis – and on a much grander basis…. Timothy McVeigh, for one, sentenced for the Oklahoma City bombing. Another example, President Obama receives death threats daily and are primarily from racist, right-wing citizens. What’s more, innocent people are shot in our streets, in our homes. Women are raped. The vast majority of these crimes are committed by naturally-born citizens.
Then there is the issue about jobs, which this billboard so clearly provides the Society’s “assistance.” The Dustin Inman Society’s website explains the reason behind this billboard:
“We further recognize that the crime of illegal immigration severely reduces job opportunities for American workers and lowers wages for the poorest Americans. Also that state and local governments not only have the right, but the duty, to comply with all existing law and use all available legal tools to protect their citizens from the ravages of illegal immigration.”
Sadly, the Society members have put on their blinders as these items are symptoms of a much larger problem – not the problem itself. It goes much, much deeper than this. Employers of all sorts are moving jobs overseas thus taking away US jobs. If corporations were to be heavily fined and taxed for outsourcing with the result of moving jobs back into our country, I am confident that our job shortage would nearly cease to exist for all. In fact, jobs would once again become a choice based upon pay and benefits that the potential employers offered. When I left college a couple decades back, I was able to choose a job based upon the pay and the benefits which were offered to me. Not because “it’s a job.”
Think about the reality of the state of our country. We cry about “our jobs are being taken,” and they are – but not by those who have entered our country without documentation. They are being taken by millions of people in China, for one. Additionally, I live in a city that is only 5-hours from the border crossing in El Paso. Trust me, there are a lot of illegal people here. Yet I have never had a problem finding a job. I am not stupid enough to believe “just because I haven’t had a problem than no one else should,” but the lack of employment is solely not due to illegal aliens.
The Dustin Inman Society raises some very valid concerns, which is the motive they use to promote themselves and obtain donations and memberships. However, they point their fingers at the wrong group of people, and that will not solve anything. It will only promote hatred, bigotry, and racism, and assist the downfall of our economy and society. Imagine if the sign said, “Blond women, go up to South Carolina for jobs – there are plenty. We don’t want you here.” That is bigotry. Just because the sign is targeting a group of people with an enormous amount of controversy behind them does not change the fact it is still bigotry. Ignorant bigotry.
Wake up people. Ignorance is not bliss, especially when your ignorance interferes with my bliss.