I Do Not Understand Our Immigration Behavior or Policies

There is something I do not understand with the treatment of undocumented migrants finding their way to the U.S. border. Why are these folks coming under the control of the states and not Homeland Security/Immigrant Control (ICE)? Why are the migrants not being held in federal (ICE) holding/refugee camps until their requests for asylum can be processed or denied? Why is the State of Texas or Florida taking these migrants and using them for political stunts? If we need to appropriate more money for immigration control, then do it. I do not understand how these governors can short cut around immigration control and take the migrants out of the state. I think Florida and Texas are facilitating illegal immigration with their stunts. It seems any migrants captured by a state would need to be turned over to ICE. I know this is what happens here in Vermont. Why not in Texas or Florida? I also have never understood how migrants can travel through Mexico freely, also without documentation, and get to the U.S. border. Apparently walls do not stop the migration of people.

Another piece to this story is that a great deal of this migration is due to climate change and drought. This is the same reason for much of the migration out of Africa to Europe, and also out of places in the Mideast like Syria (remember all the boat poeple in the news in the last few years). As climate change gets worse, human migration will be a bigger problem. Humans have always migrated when the needs for survival have made migration imperative. Now, we will find out just how good a bunch of Christians we really are. I think I know the answer already – not very good. What about some of those “evangelical religious theater churches down south – why are they not helping with this?

Something else that gets conveniently forgotten in all of this, we are a nation of immigrants. Maybe the native Americans should have bussed the Pilgrims down to Mexico. I keep reading where we have worker shortages and the forecast is for the labor shortage to only get worse as Americans have continued to have smaller families and our population ages. I know for years, the large agricultural and food processing companies would actually recruit migrants for work on the farms and food processing plants. I think we still eat so we must also still need these folks.

If you peel away the layers of the onion here, this is really about skin color and white supremacy, nothing else.

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Published by Ed Pirie

I am a native Vermonter. I am a child of the 50s, 1951 to be exact. For much of my youth Vermont had one foot in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. The old ways coexisted with a world that was changing. We were sort of insulated in Vermont from much that was happening outside our state, but our little protective bubble was shrinking. My understanding of today has been greatly influenced by the past as the past was always part of our present in the Vermont of the 1950s and even the 60s. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. You will find my thoughts on many topics here. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. I try to write clearly and simply. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my site. Take care.

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