If you live in Utah and watch the local news you've probably heard about "The List." Unless you watch the news on ksl 5 and Keith McCord happens to be anchoring, then I'm sure you have no idea what I'm talking about because you can't tear your eyes off Keith's dreamy mustache.
But if you watch the news on a mustache-free station, you must know what "The List" is. It's a list of names, phone numbers and addresses of alleged illegal immigrants living in Utah. It was sent to news stations and political leaders throughout Salt Lake City.
I don't usually have opinions about "important" stuff like this- ask me who should have won American Idol and I'll give you a detailed and intelligent response, but when it comes to immigration?
Shoulders get shrugged.
But as I read some of the comments about this story I started forming my own opinion, and my mind grapes began to ripen.
I've come to the conclusion that the majority of Utahns hate illegal immigrants and feel like they need to get kicked back to wherever they came from. They applaud and praise the people behind "The List" and think the law enforcement officials need to act fast in finding these aliens and encourage all other Utahns, if they are true Americans, to report anyone they think might be here illegally.
My opinion, just like the shape of my eyes and funny sounding last name, is definitely in the minority.
I know from experience how hard it is to come to this country legally. My husband is an immigrant (a legal one) and it took him over a year, and thousands of dollars to finally get his visa.
I also know several people with boat loads of money, clean backgrounds, and beautiful smiles who have tried over ten times to get visas, but get turned down each time, just because the visa interviewer wasn't in a good mood that day.
A lot of people say, we'll welcome you, just come here legally!
I don't think people realize just how difficult and expensive it is to come here legally.
You could save up your money for years and years and finally have enough for all the documents and paperwork, but then there's an interview process and most people get told no.
So if someone with great wealth can't even get into this country legally, how is someone with no worldly possessions at all supposed to get in?
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
What happened to that mentality? I guess liberty has an expiration date.
America no longer welcomes the poor. If they did, coming here legally would be free of charge.
Think back to when your ancestors came to this country. Were they wealthy diamond mine owners who wanted to come to America because they were so sick of living in their many castles and bored of riding their solid gold ponies?
They probably sold everything they owned to start their new life here in America.
The people who came here, your family who came here, just wanted a better life.
The same thing is happening today.
These immigrants just want a better life.
Who are we to say, too bad so sad, get lost!
If you were living in a country stricken with poverty and were watching your children starve to death wouldn't you do just about anything to try and make their lives better?
If you saw hope, freedom, success and happiness just over the fence wouldn't you want to hop it?
You know it's illegal, you know it's wrong, but it's the only way.
So, you just go. You take a risk for your family, and you go.
Does that make you a criminal?
When you read Les Miserables do you hate Jean Valjean for stealing that loaf of bread? Are you glad that he went to prison? He stole some bread to feed his family.
He ends up being the hero of the story, not the villain.
Yes, I know, it's against the law, it's illegal
But there are a lot of crazy laws out there that I don't think are such big deals and need to be changed.
Did you know in Alaska it's against the law to look at a moose from an airplane?
That's just ridiculous.
And so is not letting people come to America unless they pay their entire life savings to the government.
Frankly I'm flattered people are risking their lives and coming here illegally; it just shows what an awesome country this is.
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