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Date Posted: 10:15:05 08/12/05 Fri
Author: Bembix
Subject: Your thoughts?

I have a question . . .

Most everyone probably knows that one of the hottest of the hot potatoes in California is the issues of illegal aliens. In some ways, a person is better off being an illegal alien than they are being a legal struggling citizen. Medical treatment and education are made available to illegal aliens. There are all kinds of debates going on . . . for instance, it is being argued that cops canít ask for drivers licenses from IAís because itís discrimination. The same for picture IDís. And it goes on and on . . .

Iím personally struggling with the immigration issue. I think itís wrong how our government has gotten so perverted as to allow special rights to the IAís. But itís all a matter of money. Small time employers get strict fines for hiring IAís. Big companies pay the government to look the other way. The Patriot Act requires that banks not allow IAís to open accounts, but Wells Fargo openly disregards the rule and the government looks the other way. I donít understand why itís not okay for farmers to hire IAís to harvest their crops (it keeps costs down and profits up) but hospitals are not allowed to turn them away, i.e., the farmers are not allowed to profit from the IAís, but the hospitals are. Over $18 billion a year goes to Mexico from the USA via IAís. Mexicoís president threatens us that he wonít work to help solve the problem unless we give them hundreds of millions in aid.

On the other hand, I feel a moral obligation to help. Living conditions are so bad, and people are so oppressed by their government that they are willing to risk death to come to the USA. According to a report that I recently read, one in seven Mexicans become IAís. We have wards and branches which are filled with them. Many of them are good people, just looking for a way to improve their lives and live in relative safety. I often wonder what the Savior would do. Below, Chuck posted a great post about love. They are Godís children, our brothers and sisters. I feel a great love and compassion for them while at the same time torn about the free lunch that they get here . . . and in defiance of our laws.

The Nephites took in the Anti-Nephi-Lehis and provided them with food and shelter and protection from their Lamanite brothers. Many of them gave their lives in defense of those who by covenant were unable to help themselves.

I often think about the prophecy regarding the seed of Jacob coming among us like lions among sheep. It feels like we are on the verge of that prophecy being fulfilled.

Anyway, what do any of you think about this?

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