March 4, 2008

Something I don't understand

The lede of the lead editorial in the New York Times today was both poignant and disturbing, but ultimately true.

From San Diego on the Pacific to Brownsville on the Rio Grande, a steel curtain is descending across the continent. Behind it lies a nation so confused and conflicted by its immigration problems that it has decided to wall itself off and wait for things to fix themselves. This country once was a confident global magnet for an invigorating flow of immigrant workers and citizens-to-be. Now it is just hunkering.

The article goes on to say how the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is utterly ridiculous- which it is. I just don't understand the people who are in this odd group- Conservative Republicans- that is hell-bent on chasing down all the illegal immigrants in America, giving them a firm scolding, and then sending them off to wherever they came from, er, well, anywhere outside the U.S.

The idea of actually removing every illegal alien from this country is sort of amusing. People are missing the point that when they're gone, the country will be a lot less economically productive simply because they are doing jobs that most people don't want to.

Anyways check out the article. I strongly advocate reading the editorial section everyday.