|A few days ago I had the opportunity to witness a “discussion” (rather than calling it an argument) between two friends of different opinions about Immigration Reform.One was totally against the reform; the other one was stubbornly in favor, and her face was turning redder per second in anger. For a moment there, I thought she was going to have a heart attack or simply attack the other friend.I sat quietly, listening to their opinions.
The one against the reform was saying, “I was born and raised here and was denied financial aid to continue my education, while the illegals are taking advantage of everything, including free healthcare and food stamps, when many American senior citizens who worked in this country their entire lives are living on a lousy $80 a month, while the illegals are receiving as much as $400 for two children, and still they are holding jobs in the casinos. Hundreds if not thousands of American citizens are willing to lower their expectations in order to get a low wage job. Now they want 11 million people to continue robbing us.”
The one in favor stated: “ We are all human beings, with the same rights as everyone else. We deserve all the benefits you people have, including the American citizenship.”
They looked at me saying, “Well, don’t sit there without saying a word; which one of us do you believe is right?”
Normally, I don’t express an opinion unless I am asked, especially if there is a heated argument on the way.
I looked at both of them and told them: “I don’t believe either one of you is going to like my opinion and probably I will be the one hanged with the stronger rope. First, the question is not if there are 11 million waiting for the reform.
That number is only for now; next year there are going to be another 11 million – or more. It is true that financial aid has been denied to several American college students; at least I know a few of them. The ones without documents working in the casinos are not totally at fault; it is the Culinary Union brainwashing them with the intention to manipulate them when election time comes and they need more fraud committed at the voting polls.”
I was surprised that they allowed me to speak, so I continued: “The majority of the supposed ‘Dreamers’ are intelligent college students waiting for the opportunity to become successful professionals and I believe they should know the correct meaning of – and/or the difference between – a request and a demand.
A request is soliciting for a need respectfully; a demand implies that the speaker is very disrespectful and may be ruled by a false self. You can request to be able to stay here and continue your education and to be able to live a life more comfortable than in your own country, but for anyone to demand rights they don’t actually have will never go over big with the American people, regardless of what some politicians may like to set into law.”
I continued, “I always believe you can gain more with honey than vinegar. I still remember when I was working for a local attorney and the office manager was in great need of some documents from the court. She told me, ‘Since you are such a good beggar, you call that bit*h at the court and demand those documents.’ I had no choice but to laugh very loudly and explain to her that in no way was I a beggar; I was just one professional speaking to another professional, and since she had no manners, education, or tact, and apparently loved to offend others on top of that, that was the reason she had to wait for ages for her REQUEST – not her DEMAND – because court employees don’t work for outside attorneys and are not obligated to comply with demands. She is a very unhappy and frustrated person who loves to offend others when she realizes that she is much less than others; but some people are very happy being miserable.”
I believe that if those 11 million are already here, they probably deserve the opportunity to stay as permanent residents and wait the necessary period of time to become citizens of this great nation, as everybody else has done. The students speak perfect English, so there is no reason for them to be concerned. Those who are not students need to get involved and learn English, a little of the history of this country and principles of our government. It is about time they understand and realize that when we say government, we are not saying Obama.
Something else they need to learn is that if they want to become citizens after waiting their 5-year period from obtaining the permanent residence, it is perfectly OK, but they cannot pledge alliance to the flag of another country. You can never serve two gods.
The bottom line is if they are already here, allow them to stay. It would be impossible to pretend that 11 million people could be and would be forced to leave this country. But the border needs to be closed, otherwise this would be a never-ending nightmare, and next year we’d need to start again with all the protests. People cannot be so blind; at this time there are not just 11 million. I am willing to say there are closer to 20 million, because they continue coming in on a daily basis right in front of the noses of the border patrol agents.
If the border is in fact secured, as some politicians want us to believe, the border agents need to be replaced by others more competent.
I don’t know if my friends got tired of listening to me, but they both dropped the subject and forgot all about their senseless fight.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.