I’ve been troubled by the 55,000-plus Central American children who came into this country illegally. I’m troubled that they came and were disturbed by the angry crowds with their often-misspelled signs screaming at them. It’s not that I think we should have wide-open borders. No, the thing that really troubles me was crystallized in the case of admitted Travis Dairy killer Dezmon Frazier.
Frazier admitted causing the death of Travis Dairy owner Ho Kim and, while awaiting sentencing, was busted for allegedly carrying a concealed handgun. After posting $50,000 bail, he vanished – before being apprehended Wednesday.
But first, back to the undocumented immigrants. We used to accuse them of coming here and taking our jobs. But most of those jobs are entry-level service jobs or jobs calling for hard physical labor that citizens generally avoid.
So the new argument is that they’re coming here to get welfare, food stamps, housing and free health care. Never mind that legal status is a requirement for these benefits. But most of those kids are escaping lawlessness in their home countries. In Honduras, with gang violence and drug cartels flourishing, the murder rate is 90 per 100,000. By contrast, in the United States the murder rate is under 5 per 100,000.
By far, most undocumented immigrants from Central America come here to work. For evidence that the majority are coming for work and not a handout all one has to do is look at illegal immigration over the past 10 years. As the job situation worsened in America and the safety net grew, illegal immigration plummeted.
This may not be politically correct, but when I pull up to a stoplight and there’s a panhandler on the corner, I don’t believe I’ve seen too many Hispanic ones.
You can drive by a Home Depot or other hardware store in most cities and see a group of Hispanic men standing there waiting to be picked up for day jobs. I don’t see many whites or blacks out there waiting for that hard physical labor.
Of course, no one should be allowed to illegally enter the country, whether it’s coming over the border or overstaying a visa, which 40 percent of illegal immigrants do. To deal with the problem, our do-nothing Congress and president need to pass reform. CCentral American governments need to do more as well on their end.
So what does illegal immigration have to do with the killer of the Travis Dairy owner? There’s probably a guy the same age as Dezmon Frazier being detained along the border. This Hispanic guy maybe fled Guatemala or Honduras and wants to be safe, go to school and get a job. I wish we could bring in a kid like that while shipping our local American-born admitted killer to Honduras. I worry more about the Dezmon Fraziers than the Juan Valdez’s.
I’m far more concerned about judges setting bail too low, killers roaming free, parolees released to our streets and gang activity. There are many undocumented immigrants that believe in the American dream, while too many fellow citizens squander their birthright and create an American nightmare for the rest of us. Peace.
Kelvin Wade, a former Fairfield resident, is the author of “Morsels” Vols. I and II and lives in Sacramento. Email him at [email protected]