Immigration Ethics

Discussion in 'Ethics, Morality, & Justice' started by lixluke, May 30, 2007.

  1. starpink365 Registered Member

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    i don't think ethics have any thing to do with it. Its the people think and how they use the ability to do so.So in that state it depends on the person
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Please don't paint all of us with the same brush. I love immigrants because I can practice foreign languages with them, and I like learning about their cultures. Because I spent most of my life in southern California working for government agencies, most of the people I accumulated as acquaintances were left-liberals and none of them hate immigrants, legal or illegal.

    Most illegal immigrants come from Latin America, primarily Mexico. Most of the people who hate illegal immigrants don't really like any Latino immigrants very much. They can't get away saying that in public, so they focus their anger at the illegals.

    The last large immigrant group is always the one people hate most. First it was the Irish, then the Chinese, then the Italians, now it's the Mexicans. Be patient, it will soon be Muslims. Last time I was in L.A., a Redneck looked around and said to me, "Ah guess it's about tahm we gonna have to accept Messicans as honorary what people."

    Union workers, the good ol' boys who charge you three times what a job is worth and take three times as long as it should, they're the ones who truly hate illegal immigrants because they charge a fair wage for their labor. I'm sure I've posted this before, but a friend of mine wanted to finish his basement to use it as a recreation room. He called a licensed contractor who said it would take several weeks and cost him about $30K. So he rented a truck, went to Home Depot and picked up four guys standing at the "temporary worker collection site who had experience with drywall, bought the materials, which they loaded, took them home and put them to work. They finished the job in one day! He gave them $1000 and they wanted to give half of it back because they thought they were cheating him. They were going to walk home until he explained that he had to take the truck back anyway. (If you've seen this anecdote before I'm sure the numbers keep changing a little. Just take the average.)

    At home in northwestern California, a rural area with no really high-paying jobs, we can't get teenagers to mow the lawn and do yard work for ten dollars an hour. That's more than some of their parents make for really hard work!

    The other reason people don't like illegals is that because they're poor, they usually cram a dozen people into a house so it tends to look pretty bad. Cars parked everywhere and everybody's too busy working double shifts to take care of the yard.

    People also claim that illegal immigrants are increasing the costs of our social service programs. But nobody cheats those organizations as badly as the civil "servants" who work there, with twelve people always doing the job of one--and not doing it very well.
     
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  5. lixluke Refined Reinvention Valued Senior Member

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    They are cheaper and more competent with superior service. But shouldn't we just kick out the Americans, and let the illegal immigrants stay?

    They don't form the backbone of the economy. And whether or not we "need" them is irrelevant. They are here, so anybody that doesn't like it can leave.
     
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  7. lixluke Refined Reinvention Valued Senior Member

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    How much exactly is a job worth? The problem is that people tend to measure things in dollars. The real question is about buying power. What is the minimum that a person should be able to afford after a 20 hour work week? Can a person afford to provide his family with a decent life, education, and health after making $1,000 working 20 hours?

    The majority of the working class, and even moreso illegal immigrants get far far far less than what their labor is worth.

    I think Americans hate illegal immigrants because of racism and some sort of warped delusion of entitlement.
     
  8. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    The answer to the first question is yes. Unfortunately the Indians no longer control the land and they have no government.

    Are you really sure it is fair to others to have unregulated immigration? What would you do with all the poor unskilled labor that cannot find work? How would that population affect those who live in the States? It would mean lowered wages. Basically you would have allowed so many people in the country that you would lower everyone's standard of living.

    The US has the right to say who comes and who goes like every other nation on earth, nothing special there. Do you think you would have free reign in other nations? No. The history of american indians is irrelevant. They do not represent the US but a group of separate nations.

    Rights are acquired, created or taken. No one need 'give' you the right you create the right.

    Who gave blacks the right to vote? They created that right along with others who agreed on this freedom. Who gave Florida Cuban americans? They didn't ask for anything they just took it!
     
  9. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Okay, say you were god for the day and could give the land back to the American Indians. What would you do with the 250 million inhabitants of the land? Where would you send someone who has been here for generations and has invested in the land? What if the natives don't want to share the land? What would you do with the base population?

    Remember that the base population wouldn't leave willingly and they wouldn't tolerate an influx of immigrants. Do you hate foreigners so much that you would prefer violence to a system of accepting immigrants as they are needed?
     
  10. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Really? Then why did some of the natives actually attack settlers if they didn't believe in ownership?
     
  11. lixluke Refined Reinvention Valued Senior Member

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    USA doesn't own this land. They stole it, occupied it, and placed borders around. They have no ethical say in anything that goes on with this land above any other person on the planet. Lower wages and unskilled labor etc. are not immigration issues. They are systematic issues of a slave economy. As for what to do with the land and population, I have a city design organization that can well take care of 10 times as many people without the need for slave labor, and open up landspace for nature/environment. It's what my website is for.
     
  12. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    Possession is 9/10ths of the law.

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    Lowered wages BECAUSE of unskilled labor ARE immigration issues, to deny this is just being childish or simply uninformed.

    Well good for you and your city design.

    I'm sure it's all hobbity and smurfy.

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    What that has to do with immigration policies I have no idea.
     
  13. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Whose law? That sounds like a law a squatter might make up
     
  14. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    US law of course which is all that really counts here isn't it.
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    So if you have a house in the US and someone moves into it while you're on vacation, it no longer belongs to you?
     
  16. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    This question has nothing to do with what is being posited in the OP. The US didn't move into anyone's teepee they conquered the whole land, which was a very long time ago. Notice that lixluke couldn't give a solution of what would become of the 250 million people who have been living on the land for generations, nor does he know how unlimited immigration would affect the standard of living in a society.
     
  17. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    But the US is still moving into other peoples teepee even as we speak. So the "US law" is not all encompassing? It only applies to white people?
     
  18. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    U.S. law only applies to U.S. citizens... made and enforced by them.
     
  19. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    And its the US who unethically occupied native American land, who decides what US citizens are.

    Correct?
     
  20. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Ethics don't objectively exist. And yes the US decides what US citizens are.
     
  21. Mrs.Lucysnow Valued Senior Member

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    The US isn't exclusively 'white' and neither is Europe.

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  22. birch Valued Senior Member

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    Actually ethics do objectively exist. the problem or issue is that it's usually only applied self-servingly so everyone has to fight for thiers, demand it or get others to be reasonable and consider thier side, needs, boundaries etc or revolt or cause some sort of backlash. unfortunately that's how balance is achieved the hard and painful way because people have a tendency to think they can get thier way without consideration that they live amongst others who also have feelings, desires, feel pain and suffering etc.

    ethics is derived from what produces a state of well-being and anything that violates that well-being by actions of others is considered unethical. everyone has that dilemma just by being alive.
     
  23. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Incorrect. If they did then you would be able to point out their existence in the absence of humans and answer explicitly what they are made of as well as point out their physical location. You can't obviously; therefore, the are subjective human creations.

    That's competition that you are describing.

    Closer. Ethics are derived through survival evaluations:

    1) Are you mean?
    2) Are you valuable.

    combined with cultural value influences.
     

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