There are millions of illegal aliens of all "races," nationalities, and faiths at large within the borders of the United States right now. No one knows how many. More are still coming here and staying here every day. They blend into our vast, tolerant, multiethnic society and disappear, insofar as usually no one is rude or nosy or diligent enough to challenge them, even when they happen to fall into local law enforcement's lap. Because that's what Americans are like when they're left alone to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness: they believe in live and let live.
Our government, bloated and inefficient, has no idea of who each and every one of these illegal residents are, or what each and every one of them wants here. Instead of limiting and monitoring their access, tracking their whereabouts and/or deporting them, as other countries do, our government and our people have for the last 20 years relied on the illegal aliens to exhibit basic human decency. We as a people have trusted them, since 1986 when we all but stopped policing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, to be peaceable people--as peaceable and tolerant and kind and trusting as we Americans ourselves are.
For the most part these illegal aliens have been peaceable. For the most part, they have been invisible, decent, quiet, trustworthy people, not to mention reliable, strong, and hardworking. It is true that in many cases the only laws they broke were crossing the border, staying here illegally, and then using forged or stolen papers to get work.
They were the lucky ones. They benefited from a vast, wonderful, wild and crazy free ride. It might not have been an easy life, not comfortable, or ideal, but it was their chosen path, an alternative adventure they sacrificed to grasp at, and they grabbed that brass ring and got their free ride, including being able to raise their children or sustain their extended families, all on the strong backs of the hitherto mostly oblivious American taxpayers.
That legendary free ride is slowly coming to an end.
If you are an illegal alien (of any race or nationality) who came to America to earn money, steal money, mooch services or an education, or to just jump ahead of the line of millions of foreigners who want to live the American dream, it's time for you to recognize the writing on the wall. The door is closing and if you don't leave voluntarily while you can, you will eventually be caught. You had a great deal while it lasted. Your time to "live in the shadows," come and go here beneath the legal radar, earn a bundle and send it home, have and raise your children on U.S. soil, without legal accountability or consequences is finally, if slowly, reaching its end.
Because you broke our nation's laws to get here or stay here, you will have to pay the penalties, whatever they will turn out to be. To expect there to be no penalties, no consequences, or an unlimited free ride forever is unrealistic and unfair to the American people who have sheltered and tolerated you. Yes, many of you may have worked hard and honestly for your money here. But many of you did not; many of you have damaged the people and the country that let you in. And so have the American taxpayers worked hard and, without consenting to do so, have been supporting you, your families, and your millions of fellow illegal immigrants in so many ways.
The fact that the "comprehensive immigration reform bill" was defeated in the Senate means that amnesty will not be coming your way anytime soon. But the fact that the bill was defeated does not mean that nothing will be done about illegal aliens. It is clear that the American citizens are finally clamoring for accountability now, and their government will have to listen to them. They want secure borders, and working immigration law enforcement. The open doors you found and came through will be inexorably closing now, one by one. The American people want and expect their government to provide the kind of efficient, thorough national security and immigration control that other modern countries provide without fuss for the protection of their own citizens and sovereignty.
And so your free ride will soon be over.
Now is the time to cash in your chips and make your plans for the next stage of your life. Begin to consolidate. Take your earnings, your savings, your acquired skills, your education, your accumulated wealth and investments, your human capital, and your friends' addresses and phone numbers back home with you. Use the smarts and the leg-up you got from America to look out and provide for yourselves and your families in the coming years.
Just remember this:
To the hardened illegal alien criminals--the murders, the rapists, the burglars, the terrorists, the child molesters, the gangsters, the drug runners, the reconquistas, the identity thieves, and all the lesser unassimilated, disrespectful ingrates, fanatics, and leeches--we say good riddance.
And to the lesser lawbreakers we wish you good luck with the rest of your lives, for which we do not feel responsible, having given you an extended helping hand for as long as you were uninvitedly among us. Good luck, and feel free to get in line with the legal immigrants waiting their turn. And whenever you should choose to feel sorry for yourselves and consider the glass of your circumstances half-empty instead of half-full, just remember who's really the one to blame for the end of your free ride
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