The Letter I wrote to my Senator today
Dear Senator Feinstein
While I am sure that I am not considered by you as a constituent who will vote for you or the Democrat Party in this coming election or any other in the near future I would like to give you the perspective of somebody who has to live under the rules you help create.
I am an independent who left the Republican Party for their lack of honesty and integrity. I vote my conscience which is always Conservative. I believe in God (Christian) and I believe we are held as a Nation to a certain standard. So I vote accordingly.
The topic of illegal Immigration is near and dear to my heart, because I am in direct competition with them for my livelihood on a daily basis. I am a construction contractor in CA and have been for 5 1/2 years now. I have never had an employee and do all work myself or in partnerships with other contractors. We see the deterioration of our ability to get a living wage on a daily basis competing with unscrupulous contractors who hire illegals and pay substandard and below the ability for a person to pay all bills required by our society. Some homeowners hire the illegal aliens directly as I am certain you all are aware of at any Home Depot parking lot there are dozens who try to work for cash and solicit to the patrons right there in the parking lot. I am certain no taxes workers comp or insurances are paid on these deals and I am certain that most all those laborers are Illegal Immigrants.
My question is why would my Government, that taxes me to where I can barely afford any upward mobility, prefer an Illegal alien to a 5th generation Californian with ancestors who fought and died in Wars to protect our great country? It makes no sense and I regretted President Bush for doing this and every President before him all the way to Reagan whose amnesty program was supposed to be the last.
I have a few suggestions that if you are going to grant amnesty, and I think that is selling out all present and any future citizen that has followed the law. First, the generation that broke the Law to get here is never allowed to vote, or at least must wait 10 years so they know what is really going on within their new country. Second the border gets closed and we train our soldiers who go to other countries to fight by securing the deserts and wastelands and the ways we are being invaded. I have crossed the Northern border legally and it is not so easy. It is the Southern Border that is porous, and really a joke. No services should be afforded for these lawbreakers either. If they think our Country is so grand and they can become Americans do it by the sweat of their brow, just like I had to do. My Government has never helped me to achieve any level of success, and now I am being driven backwards right back to poverty. Last, why not use all the criteria that past Immigrants had to follow? Like being sponsored or self sufficient, have a job first, know the Language (English) and pass a test on our History and Laws. Is it too much to ask that if I am being sold out that I at least get someone who will play by the same rules as are expected of me and were of my forefathers?
I attest that if our elected representatives or their staffers who are reading these letters had to compete with and have their standard of living degraded by the presence of illegal aliens we would not be talking amnesty or comprehensive immigration reform. We would instead be talking about how really secure our borders and our ability to feed our families really was. It is that double standard that drives me to write this letter to you, causes me to grieve for my Country, and causes me to despair. For I realize everything weighing in the scales and the insulated and the ones who benefit from our ridiculous broken system are the ones who can change it and that is why they resist fixing the problem. I have the power of my vote and I eagerly await the chance to exercise it.
Come November the politicians will know just how bad they have disgraced themselves and will see what was created in this leaderless vacuum.
Thank you for reading this, if you do...
Taxpaying citizen of the US and the State of California
UpDate July 22, 2010
Senator Feinstein actually does respond and while this is so generic it would probably answer any letter on any topic at least they received my plea and just may think about it...
Oops somehow I lost the email reply the Senators office sent me back :(