Initially I wrote this as simply a response to an email from a friend.  It is one of those things that someone “cleverly” thought up, like “Joe the Plumber” was thought up and then it gets mindlessly passed by the thoughtless followers of the Rush Limbaugh ilk.  It is time, however, to call this crap out and see it for the hateful drivel it really is.

If you cross the north Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.

If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a drivers license, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington and in many instances you can vote!

I really hate to see this stuff.  But, OK, let’s really look at it.  At first glance it is establishing what occurs in countries that the United States considers to be poor examples of how people should be treated.  We have even called some of them “evil.”  Some of the others are full of our troops, ostensibly attempting to change the way they treat people.  However, to read the last sentence, we are made to think that we are the stupid ones and the countries listed above are doing things right.  So, is the author of this drivel aligning himself with all the countries that we consider despicable in their treatment of the less fortunate?  Never mind that these countries we consider despotic and/or also currently engaged in political battles wherein there are few “innocent” (immigrants) players.

Take, for example, the three “college students” who wandered into Iran.  Now, I like to hike, but who in their right minds would consider hiking in a war zone where “infidels” get beheaded?  I had occasion, 46 years ago, to be vacationing in an area of Germany adjacent to the east/west German border.  The unmarked beach, that I frequented, was split between East and West Germany.  EVERYONE knew exactly where the border was and they didn’t even go close.  I am sorry.  I find it hard to believe that these kids are innocent.  They had to know exactly what they were doing and where they were.

Am I then to believe that anyone forwarding this drivel is aligning him or her self with the philosophy espoused by the first seven countries?  It would seem so.  Now, let’s examine the last sentence.  “If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a drivers license, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington and in many instances you can vote!

What it says is true.  BUT, it is true for ONLY a select few “illegal” immigrants, namely the Cubans.  The treatment of these immigrants is fiercely defended by the Republican party— the same people whom I believe are pushing this hateful, despicable drivel.  I think if one wants to consider the crossing of borders, look at what Europe does— people with whom we really tend to align ourselves.  And please, stop the hate mongering.