The Power of the Sun

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The warm, enriching rays of the sun create life. We all become noticeably more vibrant when the dreary winter paralysis gives way to the gentle, warm winds of spring.

In this awakening of the Earth, I will be making my first trip to Washington D.C.; I, along with an estimated 100,000 others, and my cohort Jamie, will descend upon the capital to demand a fulfillment of promises, promises made by Barack Obama.

In 2008, Mr. Obama swept up much of the nation through a whirlwind of inspirational speeches and get-it-done- facial expressions. One of the speeches touched on the issue of immigration, which is embodied in what he said to the League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC):

“We need a President who isn’t going to walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular

That’s the commitment I’m making to you. I marched with you in the streets of Chicago to meet our immigration challenge. I fought with you in the Senate for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will make it a top priority in my first year as President… because we have to finally bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. Yes, they broke the law. And they should have to pay a fine, and learn English, and go to the back of the line. That’s how we’ll put them on a pathway to citizenship. That’s how we’ll finally fix our broken immigration system and avoid creating a servant class in our midst. It’s time to reconcile our values and principles as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. That’s what this election is all about.”

Mr. Obama did not make immigration reform a top priority in his first year in office. In fact, when he took office, he made an almost immediate about-face: “he has also said he will not tackle the issue in 2009. Instead, immigration reform must get in line behind health care reform, financial regulations and a cap-and-trade plan on climate change.”

It is not unreasonable, from a strategic standpoint, for Obama to create a list of reform priorities. However, he must have known–when he promised to address comprehensive immigration reform and Health Care reform in his first year–that this task would have been near impossible given the deeply divisive political landscape of the United States. In essence, to obtain the Latino vote, Obama acted in the same manner of those who he so stridently criticized on the campaign trail: politicians that will say and promise anything to obtain the #1 commodity inherent to humans: Power.

Ride The Suns’ Rays

The time has come; let comprehensive immigration reform awake  in the midst of  the promise of what spring brings: a better place to live for all.

A notable omission glared in Obama’s original promise to bring about immigration reform; the same omission is present in the latest provisional plan by Senator Schumer(D) NY and Senator Graham(R) South Carolina. The Senators’ plan is as follows:

Our plan has four pillars: requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs; fulfilling and strengthening our commitments on border security and interior enforcement; creating a process for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a tough but fair path to legalization for those already here.

As presented, it is doubtful that these “four pillars” will “fix” the “broken immigration system”; pillar #3 is what will prevent the mending because it is an implicit admission that the core source–the chance for a better life, which draws and will continue to draw people to come here illegally–will not be addressed.

A temporary worker program will not be enough to dissuade people from coming here in contravention of the immigration laws. A permanent worker program needs to be proposed if there is any chance of seriously stemming the flow of illegal immigration. Said differently, the current number of offers for permanent immigration to the U.S. is so small that illegal immigration is inevitable. What that increase in permanent legal immigration should be is not clear, but it must be addressed or all of the other “pillars” will be one-time appeasements, leaving no lasting curative effects on the immigration system.

The legalization of all undocumented currently in the United States would temporarily create the appearance of a “fix”; however, after a time, illegal flow will continue and there will be another question of what to do to address yet another population of undocumented individuals.

Granted, the “border/internal enforcement” and the “crackdown on illegal workers” are meant to provide a permanent solution by: 1.Making it impossible for people to immigrate illegally and 2. even if people do get past the border, making it impossible for them to work and live. Given the entrenched inefficiency of the government in all things, and given the vastness of the U.S.-Mexico border, and given the intractable greed that causes so many current employers to undocumented workers, an enforcement-oriented long term immigration reform plan will likely implode into smithereens. A plan dependent on absolutes is a poor plan, if one at all. Little in this world is impossible. It’s deeply flawed, but the fight must go on.  And it will in just a few days.

This Sunday in Washington D.C. , 100,000 people, in hope for an invaluable improvement in our nation, as well as in that of the lives of millions of people,  will have our hope heard.

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3 Responses to “The Power of the Sun”

  1. Yolanda Guerra Says:

    Give ’em hell, Bryan! 🙂 Will be with you in spirit, dude!

  2. cookie Says:

    Deleted all of my posts I see, Bryan. Typical pro-illegal tactics. Can’t handle another viewpoint or the truth it seems.

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