Do nothing Republicans have spent months spreading fear about the migrant children coming across our southern border. They’ve told their constituents that the kids may be carrying diseases, that terrorists are coming across the border and a host of other lies. Now that fear mongering is bubbling to the surface at town halls meetings across the country.
The Huffington Post reported that there has not been so much anger in town hall meetings since the healthcare debate.
Those summer town halls have provided lawmakers a first-hand glimpse of growing discontent among Americans over U.S. immigration policy. Seventy percent of Americans-including 86 percent of Republicans- believe undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July.
That fear is a direct result of Republicans and their anti-immigrant propaganda. That also proves that the right and their rabid base don’t care whether the immigrants do it ‘the right way’ or not. They do not want immigrants from south of the border coming here at all because they’re afraid that they will be outnumbered.
What traditional beliefs and customs do we have? Immigrants aren’t going to destroy Thanksgiving. Our nation is so full of immigrants from all over the world that the most traditional thing we do is celebrate all of them. It’s very obvious that this fear is just bullshit that has been fed to people with such frequency that they believe it. They have been conditioned to believe that the Spanish speaking immigrants are going to destroy ‘Murica.
As I’ve said before, my husband is an immigrant and I promise you he has no desire to change American customs. Well, except the one where a large portion of our population thinks it’s totally cool to discriminate. He does think that should be changed.
So lawmakers are now forced to talk to their constituents about immigration. The problem for the right is that they are doing a whole lot of talking and no acting. The problem for the rest of us is that those lawmakers, the lazy ones, represent districts where there is little chance of them being voted out thanks to extreme gerrymandering. This means until we can change the dialogue about immigrants, open some eyes and rid voters of their xenophobia, nothing is going to change.
Our immigration system will never, ever get fixed until we are forced to confront the real reason it’s broken in the first place.