The Santa Ana Sentinel

Obama’s Immigration Plan: Tired Rhetoric

Posted in Civics, Editorial, Immigration Reform by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on January 29, 2013

Obama’s words at Del Sol High School in Nevada today amount to nothing more than recycled rhetoric. The main points within the flowery speech are what is expected to be done in this so-called bipartisan immigration reform proposal.

Obama took pages from G.W. Bush, and outright admitted to using Bush-influenced ideas in the beginning of the speech. Where’s the thought put into this proposed reform? Nowhere. Nothing new since Bush.

There is still verbiage about “having people go to the back of the line” after passing background checks, paying back taxes if necessary, and paying penalties as if these things aren’t enough punishment already.

Why should these people applying for legal status not have to make way for others applying?

Undocumented immigrants, whether Americans in general like it or not, or whether they choose to admit it or not, contribute to the American economy every single day in more ways than one. Undocumented immigrants fuel the private and public sectors with billions of dollars in sales taxes. Are people that blissfully ignorant or are they just willfully ignorant of this fact? It is strictly political to deny that this undocumented segment of the population contributes economically.

And where does that put those that apply to come here “legally?” I’ll put it bluntly for them, or you, if the jacket fits you.

If you don’t have the nerve to risk your life in an Arizona desert or in a cargo ship overseas to try to get to this country, then how bad do you really want to be here? While you were waiting for your papers to get to you so that could you fly over nice and neat, others risked or gave their lives to get here and once they did, they contributed in more ways than you did. Many of which have been here for decades. All that is denied to them is “Uncle Sam’s” stamp of approval.

You know who else risks or gives their lives to give something back to this country? Soldiers.

Sidenote: Anyone who tries to twist my argument or even think that soldiers are there to protect this country from undocumented immigrants is a bonehead. Immigrants are not combatants nor invaders as some dolts think. Many fail to comprehend the positive impacts on this country due to as I said, them contributing big bucks to the private and public sectors.

Public and private companies go after that “undocumented” dollar all the live long day. Who? AT&T, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Coke, Pepsi, Major League Baseball. The list is endless. Um, ever watch Univision? You should. And become enlightened to what goes on in your own country.

Oh but “Uncle Sam” gets a nice chunk of that private sector dollar too. Doesn’t he? You bet he does.

So why the double standard? When you realize that the dollar generated and contributed by an undocumented person is as green as that of the mogul snob or the valley girl, then there is no logical reason not to reward those that contribute.

What’s left to argue? They’re not white enough? Their surname isn’t Anglo enough? It’s pure hypocrisy to take someone’s dollar and in turn be an ingrate. What is that if not robbery?

That is the history of the relations between this country and its undocumented immigrants.

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  1. Dan Chmielewski. said, on February 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Just curious if you plan to speak out about the letter written by Paul Walters brother-in- law that warned against making Santa Ana a sanctuary city for ” illegals” that Walters forwarded to his supporters? Surely you have an opinion on this.

    • Omar Ávalos Gallegos said, on February 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      If it’s true that Paul Walters thinks like his brother then of course I’m going to disagree on that. This about him being against making Santa Ana a sanctuary city or Pulido’s comments about undocumented persons from 18 years ago came as surprises to me and after I supported them. I’ve supported them based on the positive results that I’ve seen with the crime rate, which plummeted, and the development around town. Remember, I’ve been here all of my life. I have seen progress. It’s easy for newcomers to talk when they haven’t been around to see progress. When Pulido’s comments from 18 years ago were made, I wasn’t even of voting age, much less interested in opining about politics.


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