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  • They should adapt and speak the language.
  • Immigrants who get jobs, work hard, pay taxes, and make a reasonable attempt to fit in, should be welcomed. I think it is reasonable to set the bar on good behaviour a bit higher for immigrants in their first few years than for natives. But I believe that you can work your way into a community, and after some period of being a good member of the community, they should be allowed full membership.
  • I have no problem with immigrants as long as they do two things: Pay taxes like everyone else and learn the language. Yes, I think they should be deported if they don't follow BOTH of these guidelines.
  • I dont think they should be deported but they should have to abide by all of the same rules and laws that we do.
  • If they are legal of course not. But if they are comming in here without permission then they should be deported right quick. As far as I'm concerned if you are comming into my country illegally you are doing the moral equivilant of breaking and entering into my house. Even if you arn't going to steal anything and you are just going to stay . . . you can get the hell out of my house.
  • This country is made up of immigrants. We should conntinue to allow immigration. I do believe that legal immigration is a must. Illegal immigrants are a drain on the system and take away from the tax paying people of America, so yes they should go home (extenuating circumstances should be taken into consideration). I also believe that they should learn to speak the language and have American pride. It really pains me to see illegals or otherwise bad mouthing America.
  • I doubt that Australia could have survived if it had refused immigrants. Immigrants usually do the jobs that long term residents do not want to do...what the convicts did originally. However, if they arrive illegally, they should be deported, unless they have a really good reason for running.
  • Most European countries would be very different (and probably worse) places if they hadn't received immigrants in the past. Now we have little choice because all citizens of EU countries have a right of abode in any other EU country. Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and others wouldn't even exist in their present form without immigration. However, I agree with others that illegal immigrants present problems and should often be deported, when they are found of course.
  • i think America has enjoyed a rich history of immigration. The "Melting Pot", where people from all over come together and offer a little bit of their culture to America and accept America's mixed culture are their own, is a lost concept. I think people would accept today's immigration if they, especially the latin and south american immigrants, would accept our culture more. There are too many "pockets" of immigrants where "their" culture is not only dominant, but the only culture. I believe anyone here illegally should be deported. I have too many friends from other countries that have jumped though hoops to get the right documentation in order to stay in the US. I know whole families that had to move back because the parent with the job lost it and the family's visas were through the work visa.
  • I'm ok with foreign cultures, foods and methods. I'm not so ok with someone who's not supposed to be here utilizing services they're not entitled to that my taxes pay for. Many folks come here to make money; not to learn English or pay taxes or become citizens. Many others follow rules and want to be American; they should be considered first.
  • I have a different perspective, since I have been a teacher of so-called "illegal" immigrant children. Not only do the children have no choice about coming here, but their parents really don't have a choice either. Put yourself in their place. If you and your family were living in the direst poverty through no fault of your own, and there was a country nearby where you could get a job, work hard, and save your family, wouldn't you do it? There are several other factors to consider. All the immigrant parents I knew (agricultural workers) did pay taxes, since they were on the payroll of agribusiness giants. They brought with them not only their children, but a very positive contribution to the culture of this country and also the kind of strong family values and work ethic that may very well be our salvation. And last but by no means least, they are considered "illegal" only because the United States broke the promises made in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo at the end of the war in which we basically stole half the territory of Mexico and made a paltry payment for it. The treaty provided that the citizens of both nations had the right to pass freely back and forth across the border "forever." A properly signed international treaty is the law of the land according to our Constitution, and yet our Congress had no hesitation in passing laws to declare that passage "illegal", thus violating the treaty. So in reality, it is the Mexican immigrants who are legal and our own government that is breaking the law.
  • I don't mind them at all as long as they contribute positively to society. I say the more the merrier.
  • It is obvious that we cannot deport all of the illegals from the United States but before we even consider deporting anybody we must stop the influx of illegals right now. Let's face facts and we all know that we are talking about millions and I hate to say that it's a little too late to plug the dam after it breaks and they know this.We at the very least need to identify who is here and if they have a crimminal record,If they do then they don't get to pass go and collect$200.00 but instead are returned to where they came from ot at least the vacinity,They walked here so let them walk back.If they are given residence then they should serve without incident in the United States Military for three years,Issue them a social security card and make them pay taxes just like every other American.Who knows?,Maybe they will decide not to stay long.
  • Let the great people IN!
  • To better understand the American infatuation with illegal aliens one must be familiar with the economic theory under which they are accepted as a natural component of the U.S. economy. Conservative economic thinkers have always maintained that the U.S. market can regulate itself with little or no government intervention. This includes the idea that a gernerous supply of illegal aliens willing and able to work does not harm a free market economy as long as there are employers willing to hire them. They believe that cheap labor, the next best thing to free labor, produces a higher return in investments. Any side effects to the social or cultural fabric of the U.S. is offset by the increased consumption of the U.S. goods and services by the illegal aliens. Some of you may recall the works of Adam Smith, the ecomomist that developed the theory that borders and tariffs are considered to be and impediment to an efficient economy. This way of thingking instigated by the powerful lobby of certain sectors of the economy has led to many of the politicians in congress avoiding passing any real or meaningful reform or approving any real or meaningful federal comitment to seal the border with Mexico. Instead these economic thinkers of the country found a listening ear in the White House under a couple of conservative republican administrations. Putting the theory into practice, a total of three consectutive amnesties were granted to illigals aliens who had been in the U.S. illegally for many years. Millions of illegals aliens were rewarded with green cards. This supply of cheap labor had always been relied upon and expected in the agricultural, construction, textiles, poultry and some manufacturing industries in the U.S. This reliance in turn created an intellectual expectation among the Mexican politicians that the U.S. has a moral obligation to not only treat illegal aliens fairly but to also make their entry into the U.S. easier. Mexican president Vicente Fox comunicated that expectation to the American president Bush. It is that expectation that epitomizes all that is wrong with this pervasive, conservative economic theory of labor supply and demand. It has proven that in a 25 year period of time it has caused a general decline in the standard of living of the working class Americans. Approximately 36 billion dollars leaves the U.S. annually in cash remittance to Mexico alone. The conservative approximation for the number of illegal aliens as 12 to 15 million with the average illegal alien from Mexico sending home at least 300 dollars per months. Deporting illegal aliens without sealing the U.S. border does nothing to prevent the influx of those who have not began their journey into America. Generations of Mexicans see crossing the border a rite of passage to a better life for their families back home, all to the detriment of the working class American. In closing I say also that deporting illegal aliens without any consequence or punishment of employers that hire them is akin to the police arresting a drug addict and giving a wink to the drug dealer standing next to him. It all comes down to the almighty dollar folks.
  • Only if they are illegal..aye!
  • Draft them and drop them with a parachte in iraq and let them invade that country
  • Just the nuke smuggleing kind, and anyone with overpriced and low grade drugs.
  • Just the nuke smuggleing kind, and anyone with overpriced and low grade drugs.
  • I have nothing against imigrants (I am one myself! Englishman living in Norway) but they do need to learn the language, follow the local laws/rules AND show no disrespect to the country they are living in!
  • If the immigrants come in legally and live their lives in a civil manner, I feel it is good for the country and the economy.
  • Australia has such a massive array of cultures in it, that I think I'm just sort of used to it. Obviously it would be nice if they all spoke our language etc but as for being deported, no. Then again, even though Australia is so multicultural, there are a lot of Australians who would like to see all immigrants deported (see: Cronulla Race Riots, Pauline Hanson).
  • I am descended from imigrants, don't forget the majority of Americans all are, unless you are a licensed native American, you are descended from immigrants. The problem I feel is that many immigrants don't feel welcome here and yearn for a peice of their own culture and are more homesick than anything, which is understandable why they are not willing to conform to American society, either that, or it's pure lazyness. We treat immigrants as second rate citizens until they conform or their children conform to our American ways and language, well as immigrants, that duty is upon you now, as it was upon my ancestors then. It is my personal belief, as it was handed down to me, that if you are going to be an American, as a citizen, guest, or otherwise, you must not just learn the American language, but, put it into practice to preserve the American culture, not just your own. The American culture is that of which, under any and all circumstances supercedes your own, while you are here. A country of diverse languages would be the spark to ignite civil unrest, and possibly war as it would divide social groups, not unite them. Many english speaking Americans find it insulting when you speak your native tounge to others of an uncommon social group, as it makes you appear coversive as to your intentions. It appears as if you are acting as a sepratist, which is unacceptable in American culture. The American culture is united, never divided. If you have America's best interest in mind, you will not have an issue with speaking our common language, if you don't like it, you can always go back where you came from. You are either one of U.S., or you are one of them. So sayeth Sunblynd.
  • No. It depends. I'm sick of all these American and New Zealand yuppies coming into Australian and polluting the city with their foul hair and consumerist mentality. We don't need these rich pricks! We have enough of our own!
  • Unless they are there illegally, they should not be deported. In the case of the US, the populace is 99% immigrant, anyway. I think anyone who believes immigrants should go home should take a good look at their family tree. If it doesn't trace back about 15,000 years to the peoples who walked across the Bering Strait land-bridge, they should purchase a ticket out (lest they be a hypocrite).
  • No not a all. We need to homogenize the planet more and then we will get rid of the race issue.
  • If they're legal and want to be real citizens by learning the language, getting a job, and paying taxes like the rest of the immigrants before them "No". If they come in here illegally and destroy property and bring drugs plus destroy our economy by taking jobs people would be willing to do for a living wage and draining our social structure by taking what they don't pay for "Hell yeah". And I think the people who hire them should be stripped of their citizenship and put right on the bus witht them. And I don't care what border they crossed to do it. What ticks me off is they come in here Illegally then start screaming about how they have Rights. No, you don't you're a criminal and a non-citizen you have no rights. Those are reserved for the citizens and legal immigrants only. I do feel bad for the children of these people. They were brought here not of their own free will and their lives were put at risk for it. And now they're pyrihas and pawns for something they had no control over. As for the conditions in their country, untill that country is forced by it's populace to clean up or get out of office the propblems won't go away. President Fox actually incourages people to enter our country illegally so he doesn't have to fix things. I would call that an act of bad faith.
  • IMMAGRATION IS GOOD..ILLEGAL IMMAGRATION IS A FKING CRIME AND ALL SHOULD BE DEPORTED..IMMEDIATLEY!!!!
  • The laws that are in place should be used to deal with the immigration situation. If this is not the way the situation is unfolding then the laws should be changed, by our elected representatives, such that the laws meet with the approval of the majority of citizens. There is no other logical answer to this question. We live in a democracy. We must follow the existing laws or change the laws via the process in place to do so. What on earth is so complicated about this?
  • Using the word immigrant, I only assume you mean those who immigrate legally and assimilate into the culture. This is the foundation of America and is still a good practice. If you meant the Criminal Aliens who are flooding across the border undocumented, yes they should be deported and the borders should be secured for security reasons. Allowing undocumented aliens into the country has also opened up epidemics of diseases that were nearly eradicated such as Tuberculosis, which is spreading like crazy in our cities and nobody wants to show that on the news, since it will not bode well for the criminal alien movement. Also, 30% of US prisons are filled with illegals, which shows that not ALL undocumented aliens are honest hard working people. there has to be some control of the borders or the country is doomed.
  • I feel that it is great! These people come to the US in search of freedom, opportunity, education, etc. And who are we to judge them for wanting to live a better life. They shouldnt be deported!
  • I am for immigrants to come to the US that do it the right way!But,if immigrants come illegally,they should be deported immediately!
  • i have to say that if they are here illegaly...then definately YES! Our little country is now over run by illegals and its such a big problem here, not enough land for more housing, we are stacked like sardines as it is, our NHS is stretched to the max with illegals and we can't cope, and i dont have a problem if immagrants respect our culture, but sadly we are finding thats not the case, we have no culture anymore :( England just isn't England anymore :(
  • Legal immigrants are okay of course. On the other hand, those who don't have the proper documents should be deported.
  • I immigrated to Canada in 1966 and have been a good citizen ever since. We are all immigrants. North America needs many, many more. How boring if we were all the same. They bring such diversity of culture which enriches us all.
  • We are all immigrants and if we aren't our parents, grand parents and so on are. The world such as how we know it today has been made by immigrants. A different matter is how immigrants behave but this is not only a problem of immigrants, also our citizens do not respect the law, escape taxes, etc. Immigrants should respect the country they visit and be respected by the country that hosts them, it's as simple as when you visit somebody elses home.
  • The problem is not with immigrants.....it's with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS If you want to come here legally for a chance at a better life, I welcome you with open arms. I love that our country has such a diverse blend of ethnicities. The amalgam of such cultures is envigorating for our national cultural ethos. But when you enter this country illegally and under false pretenses, that is a CRIME. There is a reason why such laws are in place and immigration laws are not restricted to just the United States. When illegal immigrants blatantly circumvent the immigration system and sneak into the US, they are making it that much more difficult for those people who are legally trying to enter the country to do so. Illegal immigrants should be deported.They violated a law. But those who work within the system and come here with all their proper documentaion, Welcome. We are so pleased to call you an American. YOU EARNED IT.
  • i think they should be able to come here they are people just like us yea they might not know how to speak english but we go to their country and some of us cant speak their language whats the diffference
  • If Immigrants come to the U.S. legally, I have no problem with them being here.
  • I believe in a moderate immigration policy but this wave of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. and our government paying out of our taxes so much for benefits for them instead of needful citizens is unbelievable. Yes, I would deport them.
  • I'm from Canada and my bf is an immigrant From Mexico and he is one of the best most hardworking men i have ever met. Immigrants are important in our society, They are people and deserve to be treated as such. They immigrate to other cultures so they can have a better life and who are we to deny them the life they want, The life we have and have taken for granted. Most of them are good hardworking people who only want to live without worry and to be able to support themselves or their family's. Isn't that what everyone wants. Deporting them because of race is only another form of racism
  • i think immigrants do the jobs many of us do not want to do. Most work pay their way and live a normal life in the uk. They do get bad reps because of the minority spoiling it for the majority! I know many immigrants/refugees who only want to live their lives pay their own way and live without fear or destitution. I say we are all humans we need to help each other.
  • If you are from the US, Canada or Australia, then ask the original inhabitants what they thought of immigrants coming from Great Britain and Europe...they had no say. Our countries were built on immigration and have done okay up till now.
  • People who struggle to come here are the same kind of people as most of our parents and grandparents; the kind of people who make America great! We are the greatest, richest country in the world and we can afford to welcome the hard-working peoples of the world, which is what the vast majority of immigrants are. We need a better way of bringing all into America's civic life and making them welcome as our neighbors and friends.
  • most contribute to this country unlike some that are allready here
  • no... America is a melting pot for everyone. They should only be deported if they try to go on welfare right away.
  • I have no issue with immigrants and I would welcome them, although I do have a big problem with illegals aliens.
  • Nope, if so i would not be here. i DO think they should do it legally
  • There will always be a history of illegal immigrants coming to the good old USA. There is no way they can be stopped and they shouldn't be. They need us and we need them. Who in the US wants to pick our crops and clean our commerical toilets? Can you imagine how many Immigrant law attorneys would go broke if they were not allowed to come here. They make money off of these people and alot of it. They would go broke and then what would we have on our hands. An attorney bail out.
  • I am happy for them to come provided they are legal, as it has always happened. I remember having an argument with some friends about immigration a while ago, and one who was totally against it was at that time looking into moving to Australia.....
  • I so don't give a damn about immigrants coming here. Politicians use xenophobia and sometimes outright racism to distract idiots into hating "illegal" aliens instead of looking at more serious issues. Most immigrants are hard working people who add to our economy. Even if there are so,e that are lazy and sponging off of public services, that money is a drop in the bucket compared to all the money our government wastes. If we could cut one chunk of taxpayer supported waste, I am 100% sure that money that goes towards illegal aliens would not even make the top 100 of things that would save us the most money. It's all distraction.
  • I think all that have dual US/israeli citizenship should be deported immediately! Because they are only serving israel not the US! They can only serve one!
  • Mexican Gov. will detain and arrest you for being Illegal but here in the Good Ole USA we are nice we let them have our jobs. I say deport.

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