Website illustrates impact of Trump’s immigration plan

A new website graphically shows the effects to our country should Donald Trump follow through with his campaign promises on immigration. It is one thing to make bombastic statements in order to get the attention of voters, but it’s another thing to destroy the country you pretend to want to “make great again.”

 

http://www.immigrationvoter.com/trump365

Todd Schulte on mass deportations

Unknown-1A great article on what mass deportations would do to our country by Todd Shulte, the president of FWD.US, an immigration reform advocacy group. This article goes into some good statistics and helps to visualize what Donald Trump’s immigration policy would really do to our country and the people who live in it.

It’s one thing to say something provocative and get lots of people’s attention. It’s another thing to actually do what you’re talking about, and if Trump does get elected and he actually tries to mass deport 11.5 million people, this will not be a pretty place to live.

I also suspect that foreign investment in this country would plummet. Who would want to build factories or buy companies in a country that treats foreigners with such disdain?

Zuckerberg vs Trump

UnknownDonald Trump wants to deport all undocumented immigrants in the US. He’s said it many times. That seems to be his platform. He says Mexicans love him because he employs so many.

Mark Zuckerberg employs a lot of immigrants, not necessarily Mexicans, specifically, but immigrants just the same. Mark wants to help immigrants get access to legal status so they can continue to contribute to society.

One Billionaire wants to help immigrants, the other wants to vilify them.

Mark was recently quoted in Inc magazine as saying, “[D]eporting 11.5 million people would cost U.S. taxpayers $400 to $600 billion dollars, and would take at least 20 years to complete. Even worse, this mass deportation would reduce our GDP by $1.7 trillion–over 5 percent. Many industries would be hit hard, others–like agriculture, construction and hospitality–would be devastated.”

These numbers would suggest that Donald Trump doesn’t particularly care about our economy. Either that, or he really hasn’t studied the problem at all, and like all good reality TV personalities, he’s just running  for the fame and publicity.

Mark Zuckerberg is younger, wealthier and obviously smarter. Too bad he’s not running for President.

Immigration Reform in 2014

We must ensure comprehensive immigration reform in 2014.

If we don’t make immigration reform a priority by December 1, 2014,we may not see another opportunity for years.

What will our country look like then?

It is no secret that the US immigration system is a mess. It is so out of touch with our society that even the people running it don’t know what to do. To deport or not to deport has become a heated argument all across America. The fact is, our immigration system has not been designed to achieve a unified strategic plan, so it doesn’t.  Instead, it has been cobbled together, one piece at a time, for over four hundred years. We have created laws that, at times, have been set up to achieve specific individual goals, such as keeping out people from specific nations, or allowing other European countries higher numbers of immigrants in order to keep our country light-skinned. We have never looked at our country and asked what it needs to grow and be healthy. We have only looked at our country with an eye towards protecting that with which we rightfully stole. Looking at the state of our country today and it is obvious very little has changed. We are still run by a paranoid minority that is trying to keep their hold on the country and keep “undesirables” out.  In a word, our immigration laws are “hateful,” and where hate is involved, the one thing our immigration laws don’t do is discriminate—they hate everyone.

  • They hate the schools and universities that try to strengthen our competitiveness in the face of global competition by limiting their access to bright young minds and deporting many graduates and pre-grads, who otherwise could have been high-value alumni donors.
  • They hate big business by limiting their access to the bright young people we educate so well. These corporations offer these students internships that train them with highly specialized skills, only to ship them back to their home countries where they become that same company’s chief competition.
  • They hate small businesses who need labor to flourish amidst the American obsession for ever cheaper goods and services in the aftermath of a national financial meltdown.
  • They hate the law’s enforcers who are confused as to whether or not to enforce the current laws on the books, or worse yet, are minimally trained in immigration law procedures but expected to perform immigration law enforcement duties.
  • They hate the politicians who must decide whether to submit to their party’s extremist policies to gain their support and watch their popularity among voters plummet, or give the voters what they ask for and risk the ire and abandonment of their party’s extremist kingmakers. Either way they stand to face almost certain failure in their next election cycle.
  • They hate American families who are already facing a high divorce rate by separating and deporting one or more parents from the family. Add to this a ban from re-entering the US for several years, and the family must struggle to survive more stress and endure more hardships than most successful families.
  • And let’s not forget the immigrants. It hates them by waving the jobs they seek in front of them and then criminalizing them for coming here and taking them.
  • It hates the migrant workers who normally return to their home country after harvest season, by increasing border security and forcing them to stay here, in a much more expensive society, all year round for fear of getting cut off from their livelihood.
  • It hates the solo worker who normally comes here for a year or two and sends money back home to raise and care for their family by forcing them to stay in the US indefinitely, forever cut off from their home and family, for fear they might not make it back to their jobs when they need to get back to work.
  • Most of all, our immigration system hates our children. It casts a shadow over their lives with the threat of ripping their parents, relatives, neighbors and classmates right out of their lives overnight, without warning. When this actually happens, it shocks and disrupts them so violently and completely, we are certain to see a new generation of rebellious young US citizens who hate our laws and authority figures. Expect to see them wreaking havoc on our society very soon.

 

Our current immigration system works against every person in the United States. This situation has been like this for many, many years, and it gets worse with each passing day.

So why haven’t we fixed it already?

The answer is obvious—it’s right in front of us every time we read or watch a news cast about the deadlock in congress over immigration reform legislation.

Our political system has failed us.

What should our immigration and naturalization system do for our country?

  1. Allow our schools to train the best minds from around the world
  2. Allow our corporations access to recruit, train and retain the brightest minds from around the world.
  3. Allow our small businesses to access the labor pool they need in order to be competitive and give the American people access to the goods and services they need.
  4. Protect our families and prevent the breakup of otherwise peaceful and law-abiding citizens.
  5. Protect our children by not depriving them of the parents they need to raise them.
  6. Keep our politicians from sabotaging our efforts at establishing fair and successful immigration laws.
  7. Protect our families from Drugs and criminals who would do harm to our families and neighborhoods.
  8. Create an inviting and rewarding environment for workers from around the world to support their families as they see fit whether that be sending money home, seasonal work or bringing their families with them to create the life they desire.
  9. Incentivize immigrants who are already in our country to step forward and become a legal and welcome part of our society.
  10. Ensure for the safety and well being of immigrants who don’t wish to be citizens.
  11. Have this system be self-funding so as not to burden the American people with the problems of the world.
  12. Train people to support and carry out the laws that we create to do these things, and give them the tools and support to do this.
  13. Give citizenship to anyone who joins our military.

Can you think of anything else our immigration laws should do for our country and for the immigrant labor and brainpower we are going to need to compete in the 21st century?

WeBelongTogether teaches kids they matter too.

It has been said many times that children are our future, but the phrase seems to lose all meaning once it is said. WeBelongTogether.org gets it. This organization is getting kids to write to Congress and pleading with them to pass better immigration laws so they can keep their families together.  Teaching children how to participate in the political process is the first step in changing our nation. If we all do something to help our children learn how to use the political process and exercise free speech, then maybe the world can be changed. Check out their letter writing movement at www.webelongtogether.org/wish

The Dishwasher’s Son

A novel by Mike J Quinn

The Dishwasher's Son Book coverThis is a story that exemplifies the tragic circumstances faced by many Americans today. The border between America and Mexico and the laws that separate the two nations also divides millions of American families.

Frank, an American teenager and border guard volunteer accidentally gets deported when the restaurant he works in gets raided by ICE and the only ID he has in his wallet is a student body card.

After arriving in Mexico he is found by and Uncle and together they discover the truth behind his father’s disappearance. Shocked by his recent discover, he meets his estranged family and learns about the Mexican roots he has been denying his whole life.

When he gets back to the American border he is refused entry because of his recent deportation and is forced to sneak back into the US using the same methods the people he has been learning to defend against as a Minuteman volunteer.

Dedicated to the MexiQuinns

I have just finished writing, “The Dishwasher’s Son,” and I’m finishing up the dedication and forward. I thought I’d post this for my family now.

I love you guys, and I won’t stop shouting from the rooftops until American families no longer have to fear our own dysfunctional immigration laws. This story is about more than just our little family; it’s about all American families, and the struggles we face to stay together. American families already face enough threats and uncertainty, we don’t need to create even more just because we’re afraid to roll up our sleeves and do what needs to be done.

 

This book is dedicated to my family, the Mexiquinns, and all the other families around the world who are struggling to preserve their family bond in a rapidly changing, and often inhospitable political landscape. Hopefully, sometime in the future, no family will have to worry about becoming an outlawed group while the machinery of government learns what we the people already understand; only the people involved have a right to decide who is a part of their family, be it of any race, religion, sect, nationality, class, or sex.

 

“What God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Mark 10:9

The DREAM Act and our Military

The United States has had a long history of foreigners fighting with us in our conflicts both at home and abroad. There also has been a fair share of problems with this relationship. Instituting the DREAM Act is one thing we could do to prevent spies and saboteurs from infiltrating our ranks is to offer them citizenship. This is a highly valued prize in many nations around the globe, and could be more than others are willing to pay for their allegiance.

If someone is willing to put their life on the line to defend this country, then not offering them citizenship and not allowing them to be a part of the democratic process for which they made that sacrifice is a crime of the highest magnitude. Their sacrifice is a demonstration of their commitment to us, and our good faith return of appreciation for this should demonstrate the respect of a grateful nation. No one who has served in the armed services of the United States of America should be denied any of the benefits and responsibilities of this country. Ask any veteran.

But respect and gratitude is not all there is to this subject. If we are not willing to follow through with our commitment to them, what would prevent them from reneging on their commitment to us? A half-committed soldier is not the person anyone would want to be out on patrol with. Our men and women need to trust 100% that the person next to them is going to be there when the stuff hits the fan.

Having non-citizens in our military at all seems like a direct conflict of interest with our national security. Which country will that person side with if we should go to war in their home country? We have only to look toward Iraq and Afghanistan to see current examples of how our military is attacked while working with soldiers of “friendly” countries.

Will they be effective in their mission knowing that soon they will be sent home as civilians and have to face their neighbors for the actions they performed while their allegiances were given to a foreign country?

Will they be able to kill if needed, knowing they might be related to, or grew up with the person in the vehicle they just blew up?

Will they be able to go back home and forget all the things we made them do to their fellow countrymen?

Will their friends and neighbors understand and forgive them?

It is because of these possible conflicts of interest, and more, that all military personnel should be citizens on the day they graduate basic training. Anything less does neither the US, nor our citizen soldiers any good. It does even less for the immigrant.

The DREAM Act, if designed better than our Republican politicians would like, could help us correct this problem, and ensure a stronger, more secure military defense.

America without the DREAM Act

The DREAM Act will help us grow as a nation much faster than choking off the supply of fresh new talent into our workforce. Americans are being sold a line of baloney that says America would be better off with less immigrants. The problem with that argument is there is centuries of proof that shows the opposite. This video demonstrates that point perfectly. Click on the following link if you cannot see the CNN Video with Fareed Zakaria

Illegal immigrants won’t assimilate into our culture

Hate speech often shows up in the form of a supposedly logical argument. Sometimes, like the following, it is just plain racist.

 

illegal immigrants arriving in this country in large numbers won’t be unable to effectively assimilate into our society-  

There are many variants to this theme such as, “they make us conform to them instead of them conforming to us” and “why should we have to learn their language, they should have to learn english” and “if I went to their country they’d make me learn spanish” and on and on.

 

This is really code for- “So many foreigners will come here they will take over our country.”

This has been an ongoing theme in the United States for well over a hundred years and is a driving force in the argument against immigration. Although a majority of white’s do not subscribe to this belief, this is a purely white myth, used to stir up other white’s into taking action in order to keep this country a white ruled U.S.A. It’s called protectionism and the white people who use this phrase are trying to protect our nation from the threat of mongrelization that they feel will occur once the throngs of immigrants get here, breed and take over their country. Then it won’t be the good ol’ white United States of America any more. Paranoid much?

 

How to combat this-  Whenever you read or hear this, you will know the people communicating this are acting out of fear of people who are not like them. This is a wholly racist argument and talking rationally with these people is pointless. You can point out that this hasn’t happened throughout the entire history of the United States, even after several rounds of immigrant recruitment drives* in our past, but it won’t stop them from continuing to say or write it. The only good you can do when you confront someone like this is purely for the benefit of anyone else who hears it. Giving other listeners a more intelligent and rational point of view so they won’t be left with just that one misguided opinion is a worthy cause. It also counters the effect of not saying anything and making it appear that that phrase is unchallenged and therefore correct by default.

 

For more information see the report on assimilation of immigrants.

 

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/11/assimilation_tomorrow.html

 

* Immigrant recruitment in U.S. history

Americans from the industrializing Northeast pursued their recruitment policy even more vigorously after independence in 1776, seeking to lift European barriers to exit that were commonplace at that time. After independence, the new republic campaigned vigorously in the name of freedom to bring about an “exit revolution” throughout Europe.

 

From the 1830s on, railroad and shipping companies actively promoted emigration from northern Europe, and, in many cases, the multiplying US consulates functioned in effect as labor-recruiting and land-selling agencies, eventually reaching all the way to remote Norway. Simultaneously, American entrepreneurs enticed newcomers from across Western Europe by way of private missions.

 

These are just a couple of examples of the U.S. aggressively recruiting immigrants in our history.

 

Source: http://www.migrationinformation.org/Feature/display.cfm?ID=401