Friday, May 19, 2006
Building a Wall
I had a conversation with some new friends in my ward. Yes, I have actually started going to more ward activities (and as lame as they sound on paper are actually kinda fun). This has allowed me to actually get to know my neighbors here in Provo a little more. I must say I was shocked at how conservative it really is here. I mean, I figured people had their ideologies, but didn't think they'd go beyond rational. I was wrong. I had this conversation about immigration with a few people I've found here who actually enjoy discussing politics (they actually exist out here - can you believe it?) and their take on immigration was to actually deport all 12 million of them back to Mexico and then build a 12 foot wall around the whole border. Were they joking? No. Not even a little? No, they were for real. I asked them if they had ties to the Utah Minutemen. They actually (all three of them) said they only wish they did. Not even kidding. So I've been thinking about this and trying to understand their rationale, but I can't. I mean, what are they so afraid of? They contend immigrants are taking our jobs and that the national day without an immigrant only proves we don't even need them to function. But the fact is that most immigrants went to work anyway for fear of losing their jobs. It was mostly students eager to skip school, or who'd just passed their final exams who were able to get out and protest. They say immigrants drain our healthcare and education system. Okay, that's actually fair. They do. And to be honest I'm more dissappointed that Vincente Fox just encourages all his poor to hop the border instead of taking care of them himself. I'm even surprised to find I actually like President Bush's plan for a guest worker program. It would cut down on human smuggling. Also, encouraging immigrants to learn english is not only fair, but will help them in the long run. Shoving them out and building a wall is not even a solution. It's an attempt to thrust angry feelings on a whole group of people because they are poor and different. That's just bigotry.