Friday, May 16, 2008

Immigration policy in the United States

While the focus of the current debate on immigration revolves around poor, indigenous, laborers from Mexico the question of who exactly gets in legally now and if that's just or not goes unanswered. Immigration policy in the United States is biased against poorer people from non-white developing countries coming here. I think that with European immigration they're more flexible. But if you're from India or from Korea or from Taiwan or Japan you're much more likely to be welcomed in if you were on the top of the economic heap in your home country and are aspiring to be part of an elite profession here. The consequences of this for American society are potentially serious, not because of some threat of non-European people taking jobs but because of the ideology that many of these folks bring with them.

What I've noticed is that the people we bring over are anywhere from very conservative to pro-fascist conservative, that they not only believe in class and in the class system but believe that they're on the top and that they have the right to treat people that they perceive as being lower in the status system than they are like dirt. They support the Republican party, they support unregulated capitalism, they generally don't care that much about civil liberties, with many of them seeing advocates of civil liberties as being Communists in disguise and therefore as their enemies.

We're importing the conservative, rich, feudal scum of the third world, the people who supported right wing military dictators in Asia, while poorer people from these countries don't have as much of a chance to emigrate to the United States as before.

That, in my mind, is the problem with immigration today, along with the disproportionate number of people from Europe who get in fairly easily, much easier than their third world counterparts. People coming here from Mexico aren't on my radar screen as being any kind of a threat.

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