How did “No Immigrants” day work out for all of you?
Not the news reports. You PERSONALLY.
My experience was as follows:
Thursday evening my legal immigrant former neighbor Illyana joked about getting to stay home from work. Then she clarified, saying in essence that she would be working, and she was angry at illegal immigrants who wanted a free ride into this country. Apparently Illyana worked hard for legitimate citizen status.
This morning I drove to the Keep, and saw people who were apparently immigrants (could be 5th-generation Americans, could be last week’s fence-jumpers, I didn’t ask) doing landscaping. I saw more landscapers, again apparently immigrants, in downtown Provo.
I saw no banners, no signs, no marching… nothing. Business at Dragon’s Keep was hopping, especially for a Monday, and there were apparent immigrants (oh how politically correct I am — yeesh!) among the shoppers. Shaggy’s comment (tongue-in-cheek) was along the lines of “If this is what happens, they should do this EVERY Monday.”
In summary, if it hadn’t been for the news, I wouldn’t have noticed a thing.
My personal opinion on immigration is that we have unenforceable (or at least unenforced) laws in place, and that such laws are always a bad thing. If you can’t enforce it, don’t pass it. If you pass it, plan to enforce it.
I have no fear whatsoever of this country being “taken over” by immigrants from south of the border, or from anywhere else. I believe very firmly that America’s strengths have grown out of it being a place where those seeking refuge from their broken homes can come and build a new one. I don’t think the English language is sacred, and I’m not afraid to learn at least a little Spanish, Portuguese, or even Chinese if that’s what it takes to make my nation a better place. This country has already been taken over by immigrants — my great-to-the-nth grandfather came over on the Mayflower. It’s an ongoing process.
I get a little uncomfortable when I’m surrounded by people who are conversing in a language I don’t understand, and I can see how some folks get upset and say that they feel like they are foreigners in their own country. But they’ll have to get over it, because there will ALWAYS be someplace you can travel in this nation where you’ll feel out of place. We’re too big to be homogenous. Me, I’m not upset about it. Just uncomfortable, because I like knowing what’s being said around me. I felt the same way when my signing girlfriend carried on conversations in ASL, and I KNEW her.
Do I have national security concerns? A few. Do I have a plan for solving them with regards to immigration? No. But I’m pretty sure that unenforced laws are the wrong answer.