I believe that my security is wrapped up in your security. and that we are only as secure as everyone else in the world. This means that I am only as secure and happy as someone in Haiti, Afghanistan or China, even though I have never met them. If they are not secure (and secure here means safe and healthy, and yes, happy too), then in some way, that will trickle over and affect my security. We are now more than ever a global society, and I can’t stand people saying “well I was born in America so I deserve x y z). You do not deserve it for being an American citizen, you deserve it for being HUMAN.
“All men are created equal and have the same inalienable rights.” This does not mean only people born in America have these rights. Especially since the Declaration of Independence was written before we were ‘America’. I do not believe in borders, either. We are citizens of the WORLD, and we all need to work TOGETHER, for EACH OTHER. I do not believe in borders, borders do not make people more secure. We are more connected as a global society than we ever have been, which means now more than ever before, what is happening in Mexico and Honduras and North Korea and even in Somalia and Egypt, affects us whether we are aware or not.
Something as arbitrary as where you happened to be born should not determine whether you have access to education, or whether you have the right to live in a peaceful society. 100 years ago, being born female and black meant you were automatically a second class citizen. So because someone was born at a geographically different location than me, they should be treated differently? Even after they fought much harder to get to, stay in, and become a citizen or refugee of this country? They worked harder than I ever have to be American.
If we are going to have this mentality, then forget citizenship by birth, why not make everyone work for their citizenship? Everyone has to pass a test once they graduate high school or turn 18 to determine whether or not they can become a citizen of the United States, born here or not. I know so many international students who work so much harder than American students.
Immigrants aren’t stealing your jobs. I would like one person to come show me a specific job that an undocumented immigrant stole. If you want to pick oranges and mend clothes for 25 cents and hour/piece, there is a job for you.
No human being is illegal, and I get really fired up about these things because I care about the world at large, and because I have experienced what it is like living in different countries.
If these makes me an idealistic hippie liberal, then so be it.