Wherever he is, I hope Allan Bakke is beating his head against the wall in frustration over California’s recent legislation discriminating against its own citizens.
For those in need of a refresher course, Bakke was the man who sued the University of California school system in an attempt to bring a color-blind process of admittance into the picture. Bakke, a white man, was kept out of medical school because the quota for whites had been filled.
The goal is noble, and I applaud and appreciate California’s role at leveling the playing field for all citizens. Emphasis on citizen.
I draw the line, however, at granting rights to illegal immigrants that even your everyday citizen isn’t privy to.
In the past few weeks, the California State Assembly has seen fit to pass several bills giving preferential treatment to undocumented illegals over its own legal residents. The bills, which allow for illegals to receive a driver’s license as well as free college tuition, are outrageous in that they grant benefits, at taxpayer expense, to those who by definition are living here illegally.
I believe, at heart, lawmakers in Sacramento think they’re doing something good for the state. The licenses, they argue, make people who are already driving on the road accountable for their actions; education, they might say, allows for people to better themselves and their training, making them better workers. Criticism to the plan was met with reassurance that strict measures were in place to make sure those who earn their free ride deserve it.
Guess what? Illegal immigrants deserve nothing in this country. Being in California does not make you a citizen.
Undocumented workers may toil and slave and even pay taxes on the wages they make, but at the end of the day they are not entitled to the same rights as people who, by nature of birth or by virtue of their patience of the immigration process, are citizens. It is why they are described as illegal immigrants. Simply being here is a crime.
Why should there be rewards for skirting the established system for residency? What benefit is there to applying for citizenship when it’s to your advantage not to? With government systems doling out money and programs to those who do not belong here. There is absolutely no incentive to play by the rules of society. California places the needs of its people behind those who would steal from it.
The provision of obtaining tuition waivers is rigorous but absurd. Illegal students would be required to have been schooled in California for three years and have received a diploma. Three years of education paid by the state. Schools are packed full enough as it is. Why are we admitting people who can’t document who they are?
Am I overreacting? Perhaps. But maybe I find it a little sickening when someone steals into this country and utilizes our declining public school system (declining because of resource-draining programs that exempt the students’ need to learn the English language), they can obtain a degree and then get a free college education.
Contrast that with an American citizen, who actually has to pay for any higher education he or she wants to embark upon. Does that sound reasonable to you? Is it really to our advantage to train and educate illegal immigrants over our own children? Likewise, is it fair and reasonable to extend photo identification services as well? It legitimizes their presence here and encourages more to migrate because it so easy to get established. Worst of all, it’s like stamping someone’s hand when they exit Disneyland. Border security is so lax that, if stopped crossing the border, the only cursory proof of citizenship required is a valid California ID.
No birth certificate. No passport. Just a stupid driver’s license.
If you are an illegal visitor to this state, you’re not entitled to be here. You’re not entitled to a damn thing except a trip back to your country of origin — at your expense.
Repealing the law will not solve immigration problems in California. The issue is large and multifaceted, but the ultimate truth is that there’s an overall lack of caring about protecting one’s own in this state. As shocking as this sounds, the state and this country have a duty to put the lives of its people ahead of those who aren’t American. That’s the entire meaning of borders. It’s not a discriminatory measure: it’s a way of maintaining a society without overburdening it with the woes of another.
If it’s such a struggle for kids in this state to get a license, and they’re from California, why should we bestow such an enormous privilege on people we’re not even culpable for?
If I snuck into France and bummed off their system for years at a time, should I be entitled to study at the Sorbonne? We have enough poorly-educated citizens as it is in California. We don’t need any more, particularly when they don’t belong here in the first place.