What's Good for Pakistanis Is Good for Latinos
I found the recent “immigration” protests to be quite annoying for a variety of reasons.
People may or may not be aware but right after 9/11, the Government began cracking down on Arabs and South Asians. Those here illegally were deported, which means that many people were deported. Back in their countries of origin, they blamed American racism and anti-Muslim bias. I remember being in Pakistan and having to defend America. People said that Americans became very racist, and I told them that that was not true. No one ever said anything negative to me nor even looked at me weird - and this while I was going to college in a predominantly white and Jewish area. They said Muslims and/or South Asians were being deported for no reason, but I pointed out that they were simply cracking down on people here illegally. It wasn’t out of racism or anti-Muslim bias: the Government wanted to enforce its laws. One of my brother’s good friends left the US and could not come back because he forgot to fill out a certain form before leaving. He had to go to Canada. He’s back in the US now, a number of years later. So people who made innocent mistakes were dealt with without mercy. A cousin of mine did not have a valid visa, so he fled the US to Canada, claiming asylum. As such, he could not enter the US again, even to visit his sister and nephews and other relatives.
Where were the Latinos to protest these actions? There were no emotional and irrational marches by South Asians.
For the record, I wholeheartedly agreed with the Government’s actions. Before 9/11, our people commonly joked how Pakistanis would go to visit the US and never go back. Everyone knew about it; everyone accepted it. This all changed suddenly after 9/11.
So when people make such a big hue and cry that Latinos are being treated harshly, I have no sympathy. They are given preferrential treatment. Unlike what happened to my cousin and my brother’s good friend, the Government is not enforcing its laws against the Latinos.
If there is any racism, it’s on the part of the Latinos. Have you seen some of their signs and slogans? Abominable.
This is not their land. This is our land. This is the land of Pakistanis, Indians, Germans, Irish, French, English, Polish, Russians, Italians, Swedes, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Filipinos, Arabs, Africans, and so on and so forth. This is the land of legal immigrants. My parents immigrated here legally. I was born here legally after they became US citizens. My family have been good US citizens. These illegal aliens are an embarrassment and an affront to all good citizens. I was actually very offended to see their signs and slogans claiming the US as theirs. This is absolutely ridiculous. I, frankly, have no sympathy for such idiots or such racists. (Notice how sensitive minorities accuse people of racism, but no one calls the minorities on their racism? Ridiculous.)
They have no right to be here or to be given amnesty. We have done more than we should by tolerating them so far. The US is the only country in the world where anyone from any country can come and become an American. Israel comes close, but their immigration policy is usually applied to Jews. Nonetheless, their policy is remarkable in itself because of how different it is compared to other states. Why should Latinos then demand for us to grant them a right they do not have? No state is obligated to give citizenship or permit entry to everyone or, indeed, anyone.
One mark of a sovereign state is its ability to control its borders. An example: Azad Kashmir (to the north of Pakistan, and to the west of Jammu and Kashmir which is disputed between India and Pakistan) is proclaimed by Pakistan to be a sovereign state, but Azad Kashmir does not control its borders or its policies. Pakistan controls them. Thus, Azad Kashmir is not sovereign. (Which is funny, considering “Azad Kashmir” means “Liberated Kashmir.”) It is ever state’s right to control its borders. Why should the US be any exception?
We need to secure our borders, no matter what Mexico and its citizens who are illegally here may say. (By the way, Mexicans in the US constitute a significant amount of the money going into Mexico, which is why Mexico supports the illegal aliens.) This is a matter of national security and national sovereignty.