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 Vermonter, been one all my life. That just about tells you all you need to know. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. There is a lot in the world I do not understand. My writing is my attempt to wrap my head around much that is swirling around me. Some time ago gasoline pumps changed to the way they look now. I had stopped to fill my Jeep and I could not get the gas to pump to save my life. I went inside and complained to the attendant. She knew me and said, "Ed, the whole world is changing and if you don't figure out the changes you are going to fall off the earth as it spins around." Well, I am not always successful figuring out the changes, but my writing is my way of working through some of them. I hope you enjoy.

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