Whooo. I'd hate to be an undocumented immigrant walking into Mr. Murray's office. Sounds like he would personally drag them back to where they came from.
The fact is, like it or not, undocumented workers are the backbone of many industries in the US, and it is too late to do anything about it. At least in big cities like the one I am in. Maybe in Orange county all they do is gardening work and sell oranges on the highway. I find conversations about undocumented people being "illegal" interesting and a bit distressing. I also find the fixation on people from Mexico interesting but not a surprise. I have hope that one day intelligent people will evolve beyond the type of thinking and feeling that is behind this talk. But not yet I guess. I see more of it in the previous generation than in mine. So perhaps it will just die off someday. Anyway, where I am, we have tons of undocumented people from all over the world, including Europe but I never hear anyone speak ill of them. But Caucasian immigrants have always had an easier time of it, haven't they? The venom from some people makes it seem like these undocumented folks are murderers or rapists. In many cases, they are merely people looking for a better life. That is as basic a human instinct as you can have. There seems to be something inhuman about the people who hold so much hatred inside themselves that they would begrudge another person the opportunity for a better life. Or maybe it's very human, but it isn't very healthy. It reminds me of the reaction of people during the civil rights movement who were opposed to equal rights for minorities. There was (and is) so much hate based on nothing at all other than a physical difference. This is a true failure of logic.
Another failure of logic is to say that humans, who have migrated across the globe for tens of thousands of years, should stop this natural behavior because a line was drawn on a map. You know what, maps change all the time, and as much as some people would like, lines on paper can not change human nature. And as much as I'd like, probably nothing I will say will change the natural tendency to hate those that are different from you.
As far as the whole "bleeding heart liberal" talk goes. I am one, and as far as I can tell, all that means is that I, and people like me, are nicer people than those who use the term in a derogatory manner.
Justin Randolph, Esq.
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