Attention Democrat/Liberal readers of Leavenworth St.!
We have a basic question for you — to comment on in the comments section.
It gets to this:
Lately we see the constant stories (mainly sourced from Drudge) where Latin American immigrants are piling in over the border. Much of this seems to have been based on a belief that anyone who comes through now would get amnesty. Or maybe it’s just kids that came through now would get amnesty.
In any case, many are calling it a crisis(!) as immigrants are just pouring through the porous borders and are now being housed in military bases, health issues running rampant, kids being shipped all over the country, etc. etc. etc.
What we here at Leavenworth St. are interested in knowing:
What is the Democrat/Liberal position on all of this?
Is it that America should just take down the border fences and all that and let everyone in?
Or…well…er…eh…we’re trying to get past that one, because we don’t know what the other alternative is.
OK, we have established that you want anyone who entered the country as a child to at least get in-state aid (tuition, driver’s licenses, etc. etc.). But where does it stop?
Is there any point to that giant fence?
Or border guards?
Or guys who inspect cantaloupes and limes?
We’re just trying to figure out where you start and stop.
We’ve seen the VERY compelling CNN previews of the show where the guy is in front of Congress — who entered the US as a 12 year old — and gripes to the committee, “Just what do you call an American???!!!!” (or some such).
And we’re like, “Yah, sure he’s an American!”
Uh, but no.
Because if we say HE’S an American, well then what’s the difference between him and the gate crashers at the border now?
Zip? Nil? Nada?
It’s just not clear to us what it is you are hoping for — for illegal immigrants who run the border.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get the whole, “turning Texas purple/Blue with immigrants thing”, but we hope/guess it’s more than that. You do see ALL the implications of open borders, yeah?
So where are you?
And forget all the “Who will pick your oranges and mow your lawns???” arguments.
This is really beyond all that.
With Nancy Pelosi and the rest welcoming in the border crashers, your leadership is saying, “Let EVERYONE in! Drop the walls!”
Do you agree?
And do you understand the ultimate implications of that position?
We are really, honestly, curious.
(And is there another website in Nebraska where your voice gets a significant presence, read by every mover and shaker? No. No, is the answer.)
So dig in!
So here’s the thing:
We constantly hear that the country needs, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform!”
Conservatives/Republicans hear that as, “Amnesty!”
And maybe that’s true.
But the other side of that, generally, is “secure the border first!”
But as near as we can tell, Democrats/Liberals/Progressives have no real interest in securing the border.
Are we correct?
And we not to be too jingoistic, but frakin’ Joey Chestnut!
Kobayashi was the KING, and Chestnut just yanked it away!
And we’re going to say this to all the World Cup haters:
Are you a crazy hockey fan?
Do you live and die with hockey?
Can you tolerate the low scoring in hockey?
Or are you just an occasional fan?
And do you root on the USA hockey team when they play in the Olympics?
Such as, oh, we don’t know…1980????
Yeah, that’s what we do.
And we do the same with the soccer team in the World Cup.
And we can appreciate great athletes in a great sport.
So just root on the USA, would ya?
Nebraska minimum wage expansion?
Looks like it’s coming to a vote.
And we might agree that the min wage should be different between, say, New York and Nebraska.
But what about upstate New York and Manhatten?
And what about Omaha and, say, Beemer?
Does this make sense, that it’s a state issue?
Or should it be a municipal issue?
And would municipalities think a little more about that issue when they want to expand business for employees and companies?
We’re just asking.
Hope you’re having a grand weekend.