The American flag can be a beacon for those seeking political asylum, refuge from war, or better economic prospects. But, it can also be a giant KEEP OUT sign. Activists, for example, place American flags along the U.S.-Mexico barrier fence to symbolize their opposition to illegal immigration.
Should Old Glory be used this way?
Immigration is a huge issue. Last month in El Paso, Obama said, “there is a consensus around fixing what’s broken.” This consensus includes 4 points, the president said in remarks transcribed on the White House website.
A Secure Border: The “government has a threshold responsibility to secure our borders and enforce the law,” the president said.
Holding business accountable: Those who hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable.
Holding illegal immigrants accountable: “They broke the law, and that means they’ve got to pay their taxes, they’ve got to pay a fine, they’ve got to learn English. And they’ve got to undergo background checks and a lengthy process before they get in line for legalization,” Obama said.
Immigration reform: The current system is dysfunctional. For example, many bright students are educated here, but are forced to return home—where they use their education to create businesses that compete against U.S. companies. That sort of dysfunction has to stop, Obama said, and new ways must be found to encourage foreign students to remain and open businesses here in the U.S.
Do you agree with Obama’s four points?
Is it appropriate that, at times, the flag should be a giant KEEP OUT sign?
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.