Rep. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, chairman of the Special Committee on Immigration Reform, no left doubt how he feels about those who have entered this country illegally, no matter what their purpose.
In his most recent column, posted on the Joplin Independent, Emery describes two types of illegal immigrants, those who come to do harm in this country (such as terrorists) and those who come for selfish purposes (such as to find a better way of life for themselves and their families):
"The alternate and ignoble purpose for invasion is plunder. Plunder violates the spirit of America and elevates personal gain above a sense of justice and fair play. It places self above community demonstrates a total absence of national loyalty or patriotic commitment. Plunder is usually associated with war, with the conqueror plundering the conquered. But that is not always the case; there are other types of invaders who enter a nation illegally and without loyalty or noble purpose toward that nation. These invade solely for personal gain without regard for the welfare or success of the country being invaded."
While we all agree that there is a serious illegal immigration problem in this country, limiting the scope of solving the problem to verbal attacks on those with so-called "selfish motives" is not going to do anything to solve the problem. America has always been a beacon of light to those who want to better their lives. Dealing with this issue by limiting the solution to the illegal immigrants is not going to solve the problem. Our big business-oriented legislators need to look at the companies that have thrived on illegal immigrants. Selfish motives abound in that area, too.