Not Just for the Border
Illegal immigration isn't just an issue for border States anymore
Illegal immigration isn't just a border issue anymore. As many as a third of children who are new public school registrants in some East Tennessee counties are entering school speaking no English, and must learn it as a second language. This is the case in places like Hamblen County, where there is as much Spanish spoken as English in Morristown's South Cumberland neighborhood. Some might say "now Oatney, aren't you just being bigoted because the presence of so many Hispanics in your community makes you uncomfortable..." Actually, I have no problem with a general increase in the Hispanic population so long as it is a legal increase, as I generally believe that this trend is good to reform people's attitudes, enhance our part of the country, and enrich our lives as members of society.
The problem lies not with the Hispanic community as a whole, but with the flood of illegal aliens (many of which are coming across the Mexican border) who are in the country, some of which are in East Tennessee. There is a reason that we have immigration laws, and that is to insure that our country is not overrun with people it cannot support and who sponge off of the taxes of citizens and legal resident aliens of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. When the number of illegals becomes so great that States cannot support them, and the federal government refuses to take the necessary action to secure our borders and protect both citizens and legal residents from the flood of illegals, the States are forced to act to protect their own people.
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