2012 politics: Immigration, power and fear


The majority of Americans living in this country have no legitimate right to be here. We took this country by force, Armed to the teeth, annihilating anyone who opposed us, making false concessions, And then finally confining the natives to camps – – I’m sorry–-Reservations– When we were done with them.

We then took slaves from overseas to serve us. Apparently the subjugation of one race by force was not enough for us.

All of that aside, from a personal standpoint, my family were immigrants, arriving far after this new normal was established. I am a Sicilian German-American. My grandparents came in via Ellis Island and my grandfather fought in World War II to protect freedom in this country.

His parents came to America through Ellis Island because of the promise of the American dream. And the dream it was. One that he lived out successfully becoming the vice president of a paper company. If those gates had been closed to Sicilians, that dream would’ve been lost. But, the new ruling order in America was European. Familiar. More respected.

Similarly on the other side of my family, the Germans, hard-working hard-nosed, Immigrated here because of the promise of freedom and finding their own way. Again, European.

Now that we’re established here, for some reason we feel that we have the right to deprive that privilege from others. This is because power corrupts. This is because people don’t want to lose what they have, especially if it was gained through sweat and tears. And war. And murder.

So what of Mexicans that want to pursue similar dreams? Typically people only do illegal things if they are given few or no other choices.

The Mexicans I know Are religious, family orientated, and hard-working. Hardly the stereotypes that you see perpetuated by those that would keep them out of our country.

Fundamentally, I know why this is happening. Americans are thinking about the Indian Nations and other subjugated minorities. When America freed the slaves, we released a People deprived of identity, filled with self-hatred, and bitterness. And yet we wonder why these people distrust us today and wonder why our combined culture has fundamental psychological problems?

Who would want additional Americans that feel subjugated and distrust the government? That I feel is the main argument, the underlying psychosis that prevents the borders from being open. But in reality, it’s actually probably a legitimate threat. Emotions run high when it comes to freedom, Power, status, access to resources. This is what everyone wants. Men, women, boys, girls, white, black – – And when you grant these things to anyone, it is an inherent risk. It’s a risk because they might turn on you.

An America, attacked by terrorists, on the verge of economic collapse, is risk-averse. Adding new immigrants to the mix creates too many variables for the current populace to be comfortable with.

I believe in democracy. And I don’t believe that the borders will be open anytime soon because of the psychology I outlined above.

I think in order to establish healthy immigration practices between Mexico and America the relationship between the two countries would have to be fundamentally rewritten.

It’s very much like having a psychology patient, caught in a very negative beliefs system, and telling them to have faith in themselves and others. And I’m talking about both countries when I say this.

Emancipation, women’s rights, these were all steps in the right direction. But what really needs to happen is therapy. Healing. Reconciliation. Trust. And it’s accompanying vulnerability.

A vulnerability that most Americans, fearing the retribution of the less powerful, or the belligerent uneducated, are not willing to risk.


  1. sean talbot
    13 August 12, 11:33am

    If one wants to be technical, even Europeans are not Europeans. Back when it was the tribes of people in Europe they fought each other. Then you had the Persians come in and took lands and enslaved people…..followed eventually by the Roman empire. It was basic survival of the fittest and what ever group had better technology and organizational ability, survived and battled out weaker groups. We were still doing this when Europeans came here. It isn’t nice, pretty, or politically correct, but it is what happened….and what happened here was just like when Romans encountered the Germanic and Celtic tribes. So, one could talk about any legitamacy of anyone to be anywhere. Even Native American tribes fought each other over resources. So I have no problem with the idea that if you faught for it, or bought it like we did with much of North America, it is ours. Now, countries everywhere have reserved the right to decide who comes into their borders. You can decide who can come in and out of your house, it is part of what makes it your house. Part of what gives a country legitimacy for existence is the ability to maintain and regulate their own borders. It isn’t corruption, it is part of what traditionally has made a country a legitimate country. If you can’t have a say who comes into your home, is it really your home? No. It is a tradition created for the protection of the people, of the culture, of the nations resources. That does not mean that countries don’t set up ways of legal and socially acceptable ways for people to come in. We have those ways and policies in place. I just expect people to do it legally. In the past, a huge number of people came across your border without the countries permission, they were expelled or killed. Mexico killed a number of Americans that fled the US law and went south back in the 1800s. Now I am not advocating we do that. I don’t have a problem with asking them to come in by legal means.

  2. Dick Feyrer
    16 January 13, 8:18pm

    As I see it, immigration should be based on potential value to our nation rather than geographical proximity.

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