Washington DC- Recent nationwide street demonstrations by illegal aliens and their supporters, demanding amnesty for 12 million or more illegal immigrants, have been portrayed in the media as representing the views of all Hispanics in the U.S. However, according to opinion polls, including one conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, Americans are divided on the issue with 53% saying that people who are in the U.S. illegally should be required to go home. According to the Pew Study, a growing number also believe that illegal immigrants are a burden to the country, taking jobs and housing and creating strains on the health care system. These facts reflect the position of many Hispanic-Americans -- citizens, legal immigrants and the children of immigrants -- who strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens and support enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. In response to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have been marching under the Mexican flag demanding to be rewarded for having violated U.S. immigration law, a new coalition has been formed to accurately represent Hispanics in the U.S. who work hard, play by the rules and want the opportunity to see their own kids get ahead. Known as "You Don't Speak for Me," the coalition aims to dispel the impression that the people out on the streets represent the views of all Hispanic-Americans.I'm pretty certain that the demonstrations do speak for the majority of illegal immigrants though. Why wouldn't they want amnesty after all? The good news about yesterdays demonstration is that it may have stirred the pot enough to force our "leaders" to actually do something about this issue before November. Operative word being may.
I have an interesting idea that I would like to se added to any immigration reform bill and thats this:
The creation of The American Foreign Legion. Whereby after serving this country for no less than 4 years a person is granted immediate US citizenship upon honourable discharge or death in combat. Admittedly it won't solve the problem but it will help and more importantly it will assist the military in meeting its recruitment goals in the long war on terrorism. Plus it'd come in really handy for those UN peacekeeping missions. Think about it. Anyone willing to die for this country should have the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is.
Besides it'd give the Army somebody to make fun of other than the Air Force.