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Monday, May 07, 2007
Drawing on immigration
Here’s how "Drawing On" works: three I-Report cartoonists offer their take on one politically charged issue. Then you decide which one hits closest to the mark. This week’s topic is immigration. (Check out the earlier rounds here: Gun control, Don Imus, Barry Bonds, "300" , U.S. attorneys, Gas prices, Walter Reed, Academy Awards, Iran and Iraq, Anna Nicole Smith.)

Scroll down to see them all, then let us know which one you like best -- and why -- by posting a comment. Better yet, send your own cartoon response.

Brixton Doyle Take 1: 'Borderline'
From cartoonist Brixton Doyle
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Jim Brenneman Take 2: 'Reaching the border'
From cartoonist Jim Brenneman
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Dean Turnbloom Take 3: 'Land of the free’
From cartoonist Dean Turnbloom
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Take 3: 'Land of the free' really captures the irony of current immigration discourse.
Le Corbusier:

Ironic how? Land of the free, as in people are free to break our laws? With our freedom, is there no responsibility to act in a lawful manner?

I should be free to not pay my taxes, and just spend my money on my family. If citizenship is so cheap and meaningless, then why be a citizen at all.
Looks like the cartoonist for #3 cannot tell the difference between illegal and legal.
In response to Le Corbusier, I would add that not shown in the cartoon are the hordes of criminals being kept out of the Land of the Free.
Context is everything and those hordes are an important part of the debate on illegal immigration. When one's first act upon arrival in the Land of the Free is a criminal act, then clearly the illegal immigrants have not only missed the point but are not deserving of the privelage of being allowed to stay here. Clever cartoons can not change the facts.
I don't like that "Immigration" is now used in place of "Illegal Immigration." They are two separate things and I think the media has been careless using them interchangeably. As far as the cartoons, artistically speaking, I like the first cartoon "Borderline" best. I also think it raises a good point. A new fence isn't going to do much without a change at the source. Why are we only talking about how to improve the border instead of talking about improving the conditions in Mexico? We don't have a wall on our northern border, yet we don't seem to have a problem with Canadian illegal immigrants.
I like the irony of "Land of the Free". People who get on their high horse to look down on new immigrants should remember that they too were children of immigrants--and if they looked hard, many of them would discover that their ancestors also came here without "documentation". A regular flow of new immigrant blood is what makes this country strong.
The wall in Berlin didn't work, the DMZ across the Koreas doesn't stop people from crossing, what makes anyone think a wall across the southern border will work?

If we place too much attention on one portion of our borders, the terrorists will just switch to another one.

With the pet food recall fresh in our minds, would you rather step up inspection of our food supply to make sure the next shipment doesn't contain something worse than melamine, or build a wall across some of the most inhospitable country the US has? There's only so much money to go around.
Bert said: "A regular flow of new immigrant blood is what makes this country strong."

Unfortunately, since the mid-sixties that "regular flow" has been a flood! Prior to 1965 immigration was capped at about 178,000 per year. Currently there are about 1,000,000 new immigrants coming to this country every year! Those are just the LEGAL immigrants. The problem isn't immigration, the problem is the NUMBER of immigrants. I invite you to watch a video called "Immigration by the numbers" with Roy Beck. As Rosie would say, Google it!
You need to change that caption to:
'Land of the Freebie'
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