By: Carolyn Hileman

Let’s get a few things straight shall we? Neither I nor anyone else who is fighting illegal immigration wishes for any citizen of this country to be profiled, harassed or bothered in any way. The sad fact of the matter is it is your own people who have done this to you and if you know of anyone in this country illegally and fail to report it, it is you too. We recognize the struggles you went through to become an American and we appreciate the fact that you fought the good fight, it is not you that the law is after it is those who did not do as you and refuse even now to follow our laws, they are the ones they are after and I am sorry but if you look like one until we clear them out and know for sure there are no more you will be inconvenienced, mistakes will be made and for that I am sorry but we simply cannot allow people to live in this country who do not believe in the rule of law and flaunt it daily.

Perhaps they have already hurt you by taking your name, your social security number; you will have no way of knowing until the social security office calls in that debt. Not a one of us want to see children separated from their parents but there again it was not us who came to this country illegally and then had a child knowing there would be a chance they would get caught and separated from that child. We did not do it, the immigrants who came here legally did not do it and we refuse to take the blame for something they did. Those who have had their children taken from them face what every other parent does in this country who participates in illegal activity and to say it is worse for them than anyone else is a slap in the face of every parent in this country.

It would be different if we were calling for all immigrants to leave but we are not, it would be different if we were lining them up putting a star on their chest and sending them to the gas chamber but we are not. If we were intentionally picking on one race it would be considered discrimination, however considering we are calling for anyone in this country illegally to be sent home, there is no discrimination there. No I do not know what it is like to be pulled over simply because of my skin color but I damn sure know what it feels like to be considered a racist simply because I am a white American. I know what it feels like to be branded a member of the KKK simply because I want my borders secure, even though I have never been, nor will ever be a member of that group I am still associated with them simply because I will not allow another culture, race or what ever degrade me and my family. So yes, I guess I know what it feels like to be a target and to be profiled.

The time to end this is now; the reason to end this is so that all American citizens can go back to being just American citizens. I know of very few Americans who really care where you came from as long as you came here legally and uphold our constitution and our values. We welcome you, your family and we want your life to go back to normal but first we must rid ourselves of those who would pretend to be like you, pretend to be you. When this is all over, I look forward to seeing you in the store, the movie, the coffee shops and my church and you and I can sit down and talk about what kind of sacrifices we made to save our country, my country, your country, America.

In the End,
we will remember
not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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