Negative impacts of mass migration aren't treated
fairly in the media and elsewhere. A
plethora of special interests promote mass migration through various
techniques designed to emphasize only the benefits. Far too frequently
the costs and consequences of mass migration are never mentioned.
Because of political
correctness, a form of bias, writers
distort the truth by promoting their agenda, typically liberal, and by
avoiding objective reporting. For example, newspaper writers
(using 'journalists' usually is a stretch
when it comes to immigration) overdose the columns with immigrant and
illegal alien 'heart-breakers.'
Politicians likewise distort the truth
(like this is a revelation) to pander for ethnic votes.
Race-biased groups, under the veil of
'immigrant rights,' distort the truth to gain advantages for their special
The basic techniques used to
distort mass migration, with possible counter arguments, are:
glorification needs a reality check! There are plenty
of lazy immigrants and illegal aliens. Our jails are over-flowing
with immigrants and illegal aliens. Lower their glorification to
the reality that foreign-born persons are neither inherently good nor
inherently bad. Making generalizations is generally inaccurate and
the issue is mass numbers.
Cheap labor benefits only a few and only over the short-run. The
wealthy benefit by cheap labor but the middle and especially lower class
suffer by having fewer and lower paying jobs. Taxpayers have to
pay for the infrastructure costs or face declining quality of services.
Competitors suffer too. Point out the unfairness and stress the long
Victimization. In order to
justify rewards, illegal alien advocates portray illegal aliens as victims
instead of law breakers. For example, many illegal alien 'rights'
groups want an amnesty because the illegal aliens have worked hard and are
just trying to improve their lot.
Agree that illegal aliens have indeed been shamefully exploited.
However, the solution is to garner the American will to end acceptance
of any underclass, not by rewarding those in the underclass and not by
condoning existence of an underclass. Importantly,
sanctions against employers of illegal aliens and protection of our
porous borders are desperately needed. For more, see
Solutions. Ask when and how the
opponent expects to end the victimization.
This is generally name calling of the messenger using direct or veiled
accusations of racist, xenophobe or other derogatory characterization in
an effort to avoid discussion of the negative impacts of mass
migration. For example, The Denver Post
tried to butcher the character of Rep. Tom Tancredo.
If anything, mass migration is an issue of nationalism, not racism.
If appropriate, point out that the opponent was the first to bring up
race, so is the opponent playing the 'race-card?' Ask for an
apology and then raise the discussion back to the issue of mass numbers.
While many of their claims of inequity may be true, the unconditional
right to violate America's borders is not the solution. Poor
people of the world can and should be helped where they are at.
America should overhaul foreign aid to emphasize sustainable
agriculture, libraries, and contraceptive access instead of giving cash
and military hardware to despots. America should refrain from
recruiting skilled people away from their homelands. With their
perverted sense of fairness mass migration advocates generally choose
immigrants and illegal aliens over the welfare of American citizens who
bear the consequences and costs. The real issue is to whom fairness is
due -- citizens or immigrants and illegal aliens. Immigration
is not the solution to global problems.
A humanist-centric person might use word distortion even though the issue
is acknowledged. Sometimes this humanist-centricity is called 'liberal
guilt.' For example, mass migration advocates and the
media call illegal aliens 'undocumented' to distance the reality of
illegality to a status of legitimacy.
Use realistic words. If appropriate, embarrass them with their
political correctness because 'undocumented'
means the foreign-born have the unconditional right to violate America's
borders and immigration laws.
In this more extreme type of Humanizing
Distancing (above) the issue is ignored because the problem is contrary to
the opponent's humanist philosophy. Admission that 'undocumented
workers' negatively impact health care, sprawl, environmental
degradation, traffic congestion,
and school overcrowding is not perceived as a
humane story to expose and consequently the negative impacts are not attributed to mass
migration. Typically the humanist holds a globalist perspective.
For example, school
overcrowding is due to mass migration but it is blamed on "The Baby Boomer
Echo". Arizona is a war zone of illegal invaders but we hear 'nary a
whisper' about it. Border Patrol agent Kris Eggle was murdered by
illegal alien drug smugglers but the story was ignored.
It is difficult to debate these rather abstract concepts, but we must
try. Stress that these major
impacts are due to mass migration and can no longer be avoided. Humanism is a worthy goal but to what
extent should Americans sacrifice for the benefit of others?
Despite injustices, illegality and invasion are not the solutions.
Americans should take care of their own first. Stress patriotism
and alternative solutions.
even shows up in
the way statistics are accumulated. For example, school districts
are by law prohibited from asking if children are illegal aliens.
Anchor babies (children born in the US of illegal aliens) are counted as
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