There was a period where this poem really meant what it said. Immigrants from all over the world came o the US for that which no other country could provide: A chance for a better life. They risked everything, their lives, their money, some spending everything they had just to get here, to the land of the FREE. They were not guaranteed happiness and wealth, they were only looking for the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
What would happen if the US Government decided that from 1-1-2011 until 1-1-2012 that the United States would allow anybody that wanted to immigrate to the United States to do so? Pass a background check and "poof" you are a legal resident of the United States. After 3 years, if you can pass an English proficiency test and a citizenship test, "poof" you are a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.
I understand that many of you do not like these illegal immigrants. The state controlled media would have us believe that it is because we are all racists that do not like people of different races and ethnicities. That's bullshit. What we do not like is that people break laws and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Why is it when I am caught without a proper helmet on my motorcycle, I am given a ticket for breaking the law, and have to pay a fine to the state, when there was no victem to my crime, yet these "illegal aliens" can come here and steal public services, and nothing is done to them. No fine, no deportation. This is why we are angry. I have a lot of Latino, and Hispanic friends, who are here legally, and if you want to see who is most opposed to the "illegal aliens" I suggest you take a look at them. I do not like that they are here illegally, but trust me, if i were in their shoes, I would do the exact same thing. If I could not take care of my family or myself, and I lived in a 3rd world country , you can bet your ass that I would do whatever it took to get the opportunity to do so. Having said that, I still think we should round up the illegal immigrants and carry them back to where they came from, and build a giant fence 20 feet tall, and electrified with 10,000 volts, along the entire southern and northern borders of the country. 25 feet behind that one, place another fence also electrified. I do not think that they should be given amnesty, nor citizenship, only a free ride back to their home country.
I believe that the United States is the last best hope for freedom in the world. We are the most diverse country in the world, and that makes us stronger not weaker. There is no place on this planet where you will find 1/2 of the religions that are open practiced here without prosecution. Women, minorities, and those people of all walks of life have the exact opportunities as a white male born to John D Rockefeller IV, well except to become President of the United States, but some would argue that even that has been breeched now. I am not one of those folks, as there are plenty of other issues about this socialist that can be used against him and concentrating on a birth certificate is just silly, but that's just me.
So I say open the borders to everyone that will submit to a medical screening (sorry but non treatable and communicable diseases have to stay out) and background check at their expense (for those really poor folks, there can be funds by private citizens that want to help out the poor folks of Chad for example) come on in to the land of milk and honey. Here's the catch (you knew there had to be a catch right?). Nobody that comes to the United States under this program would ever be eligible for any government assistance. Also, I believe that some sort of replacement of the income tax like the FairTax would have to be implemented, so that everyone would contribute the same.
My prediction? Our population would double in that one year. Hell it may even triple.