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Immigration Reform, Illegal Aliens, and Urban Legends

If you are like pretty much anyone else, you receive your daily dose of SPAM, unsolicited emails, well meaning jokes and laughs that have been passed on so many times that you may give up trying to open the email when you display the 17th forward window, and last but not least, you probably get the occasional urban legend in your email. The latter are usually hardest to spot, especially if you are politically active, since it is so easy to get behind a cause to such an extent that level-headedness soon gives way to rabid intent.

The immigration debate is no exception. It is no secret that America’s borders are about as porous as a sieve and border security is the laughing stock of coyotes, hyenas and mules alike. Yet while there is not one good answer to the immigration crisis that is facing our nation, the rise of malicious emails that are little more than scare tactics to get those sitting on the fence into the fold of one camp or another is cause for concern to those who hold the Constitution of the United States in high esteem. Not only do these malicious emails spread rumors and thus besmirch the reputations of a number of people, but they are in direct opposition to the tenets that have made this country great, chiefly among them honesty!

Yet to be quite honest, falsehood is being propagated by both sides of the aisle, and for those who truly want to know what it going on, it is important to understand that while some outrageous stories are true, others are contrived so as to be gut churners in the hope to elicit some reaction.

For a taste of the bizarre have a look at these treasures:

There is no shortage to the questionable junk you can find in your email inbox on a daily basis and politically savvy individuals will do well to research claims well before blindly believing them and passing them on ad nauseam. The online forums are filled to the brim with the ill considered battle cries and urban legends either side are buying into – be it out of laziness, bona fide gullibility, or simply because they are hoping to stir the sentiment in their favor.

Whether you favor illegal immigration or decry its negative effects, the truth of the matter dictates that civil rights of individuals as well as entire groups are becoming political soccer balls that are being kicked and head-butted all over the place.

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