Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Immigration, updated

For obvious reasons, I have much interest in this nation's current struggle with immigration and its laws. For some time, I struggled with the issue of the morality of open immigration and the problem of national security - I thought, like much of the rest of this country, those two issues were in conflict with each other. However, with my more recent exposure to ARI scholars like Dr. Brook and Dr. Ghate, with whom I had personal conversations regarding this issue, and also my earlier discussions of this matter on Noodlefood, I am able to see clearly that we do not need to compromise on security for our liberty - but that pre-emptive and proactive measures must be taken to provide full security *for* our liberties. I decided to link to some of my earlier posts (the ones I wrote before I spoke to the ARI scholars or at Noodlefood) because my position still remains the same, and hopefully, this nation can move towards a more enlightened immigration system that respects human rights with providing full security for people to freely exercise those rights. 1) Immigration: Private Property or Freedom of Movement 2) Immigration, contd. 3) Import Workers of Export Jobs Breaking an immoral law is not an illegal act. Immoral laws should be broken. The immigrants who broke the immoral laws of this country and have arrived here - some arriving more than 20 years ago - have done nothing illegal, but infact have acted bravely, ruthlessly in the pursuit of their human rights, and have refused to morally sanction the oppressiveness of the current laws. They have acted in the same spirit as the first members of the black civil-rights movement - the people who dared to break the immorality of segregationist and racist laws and stood up to forge a groundwork for the establishment of proper, ethical and moral laws consistent with the value of human life as the standard, and the exercise of human rights as a guarantee, without regard for accidental qualities of birth, race, or ethnicity. America is the only country by far that understands what a human being truly is, respects it, and protects it with a body of laws that guarantees rights proper to the living of a human being. Therefore, attaining American citizenship is not a permission to belong to an ethnic or national identity called "American", but to enjoy the status of the ideological and intellectual identity afforded by "Americanism" - the ideology that humans are guaranteed fundamental rights consistent with their nature as rational, conceptual, and volitional beings - an ideology that forms the foundation of this country. To be an American citizen is not to say "I am an American", but to say "I am human" and to fully know and understand what "human" means and what its implications are in living life. Therefore, attaining American citizenship is to gain the opportunity to live among people who accept the fundamentality of individual human rights and to avail the services of a representative government borne out of rational principles, to protect rational human beings who are engaged in the pursuit of their own rational human happiness - an American government for an American people. The American identity is a body of principles that form an integrated concept called "Americanism". American citizenship is the proud public statement of one's voluntary acceptance of that body of principles, required to be recognized and respected by everyone else. American citizenship should not be merely considered an accidental identity thrust upon every new individual born into this country. Americanism is primarily an intellectual, philosophical identity, which must be accepted voluntarily. An accidental birth in America does not guarantee that the individual will accept and value the American values that his citizenship allows him to enjoy (take the eg. of the young American-born citizen who went to fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan against the very values and virtues of Americanism that he was priviledged to enjoy due to the accidental incident of his birth in America). I admire and applaud the hundreds of thousands of mostly hispanic/latino immigrants (and every other individual) who marched out on the streets in peaceful protest to demand what should rightfully belong to them. At the same time, I am saddened by the lack of similar courage among most of the members of other ethnic immigrants in this country, many of whom are similarly undocumented. Many of the non-hispanic immigrants seem to furtively exploit the possible advantages that might be brought about due to the efforts of the hispanic immigrants, while still trying to hide in the shadows of anonymity, and perpetuating the prejudicial association of "illegal" predominantly with "latino/hispanic" immigrants.

2 Comments:

Blogger JohnJEnright said...

Ergo, if you go, please come back.

3/30/2006 11:33:00 PM  
Blogger Ergo Sum said...

John, thank you for your kind words. I am leaving on Saturday, April 1. I'm in the midst of collecting my life up right now.

I hope to be able to come back... but I have to prepare for this as if I will not, because I don't honestly know.

Take care... I'll still be reading your blog with great delight.

3/31/2006 12:58:00 AM  

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