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Submitted by Sidda (United States), Apr 1, 2006 at 10:46

JustMe, I don't want to stray too far off the topic, but I couldn't help but respond to your post.

Yes, I see a correlation between the illegal immigration issue in the U.S. and that of Europe. To be sure, there are differences. The most important feature is that the Mexicans/OTM's are largely Christian where the immigrants to Europe have been Muslims. That said, I think we can learn a great deal from the mistakes the Europeans made, especially in the area of assimilation (or lack thereof). I am, of course, acknowleging the unique challenges of trying to integrate a vastly different Muslim culture into liberal democracies. Having said that......

Allowing little "enclaves" of "Muslims only" to exist has turned out to be a disaster for them. Is the same thing happening here with the Mexicans? In some areas, yes. Some extremist Muslims openly state, especially in the UK, that they want to establish Sharia Law. We have separatist Mexican groups (MECHA and LaRaza for two) who believe that the entire Southwest belongs to Mexico (Aztlan) and that they are not breaking our law by coming in illegally because the land is already theirs. A very informational site which sheds light on this ideology would be www.Ihategringos.com.

When you have mass immigration, particularly illegal immigration, that contains elements of those who are hostile to the host country, it is only a matter of time before that element begins to cause trouble and the host country is forced to deal with it. It is disconcerting to say the least to notice that so many have been forced to flee their homelands because those lands are in such a sorry state that they cannot provide jobs and basic services for their people. It is even more troubling to see those immigrants who come illegally then demand their "rights" while flying the Mexican flag and attempting to intimidate the host country. I just can't help but see some eerie parallels to the European situation, although as I stated at the outset there are some important differences also.

We need to put in place a pragmatic, efficient system by which immigrants can come in LEGALLY if they benefit our economy, then have a process by which they will be required to assimilate and not become isolated. Failure to assimilate will lead to disenfranchisement and unrest and we will encounter some of the same problems that Europe is now experiencing with their own immigrants.
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