Writing On Spec

An award caliber procrastinator discovers a new and dangerous pursuit to keep him from actually writing another script. Why another Blog? I love to talk screenwriting. I love to talk story. I live in Richmond, VA. It's almost easier to get produced than find another screenwriter here. We are the anti-LA.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

WTF?

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20060502/D8HBJ5QG7.html

Illegal immigrants stepped out of the shadows and poured into the streets, marching in waves of red, white and blue as part of a nationwide show of economic clout designed to prove their value to their adopted homeland and pressure Congress for reforms.

Damn. I'm all for proper treatment of workers and such, but you can't enter a country illegally and then bitch about how you're treated. If it's so bad, go back to your home country - the place where you are a citizen.

But they won't, because as shitty as it might be here, it's worse there. Do American citizens just up and move to other countries illegally? I don't know. What I do know is that by entering the USA illegally, it skews everything. 1 out of 4 students in LA is an illegal immigrant - no wonder the school system is overburdened. Are they paying for that education? Nope.

You might say, "Make 'em citizens and then they'd pay taxes like everybody else." Or would they? While it's possible some might, might not many of them fall below the poverty line with their current positions and therefore just sign up for welfare?

How about they go home. Take a set of applications for US citizenship and file 'em like everybody else did.

To me, these people are all folks who are essentially cutting in line. They're breaking the rules and then complaining. The US has already shown an overabundance of enthusiasm when countries complain about wanting democracy or a change of government. Why not improve your home country instead of just leaving?

If there are over a million "unhappy" illegal immigrants in the USA, imagine how many unhappy citizens there must be in other countries? How about putting on a show of force at home? Would that make a difference?

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