Column: Illegal hope


Ahmed Aedan

The presidential candidates rarely meddle with the sensitive issue of illegal immigration for the fear of slipping and saying something controversial or inappropriate.

Elaborate techniques for avoiding notorious topics such as these are apparent when watching the two candidates ram into each other in the presidential debates.

The new plan by President Barack Obama to grant illegal immigrants refuge if they were brought in as children and met certain criteria is commendable. Exemptions from deportation and work permits to those who apply are almost a certain ticket for economic growth.

But when reality dins, the future is always uncertain. If illegal immigrants get the chance to work freely in the United States, will it change the stars of this country?

Perhaps. Only, I’m not certain if that change is for good or bad.

The questions that remain, however, drive a certain canny, bitter-like character of reality: Can it really foster economic growth? Or is it going to give unnecessary hope for desperate people from who-knows-where to find illegal optimism in the dim-bright chance to change, perhaps, their stars?

Like usual, the questions are rhetorical, and the future, like usual, is uncertain.

Sometimes there comes a point when a people no longer know their right from their left and wander around, searching for plausible truth. The new plan of the president affects more than 800,000 lives.

But Homeland Security says this will not illuminate a path for citizenship. Then what is it going to do? Is it permissible to give hope to those 800,000 people and then tell them they can’t be citizens, they can’t vote, they don’t get the same privileges as other Americans do, and yet, still expect them to contribute honestly and earnestly for this country?

Mitt Romney partially stands by the president. If he’s elected to office, then he will not tamper with this plan.

However, he will not accept new applicants but will honor those who are already in it and promise he will put forth a plan before the permits expire. This was not his original stance behind immigration, and now, some people are criticizing him for changing his opinion.

Honestly, that doesn’t matter. If he supported self-deportation at start and now thinks the president is doing the right thing, all of that doesn’t matter.

What really matters are the contingent lives that are at stake with the new plan. It’s aspiring hope, but is it really what we want? No, is it really what’s best for the country and its people, including illegal immigrants to dream such a short hope that is uncertain when it might vanish?

The answers to these questions are always uncertain. Only through trial and error can comprehensive advancement be reached.

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