“I Pity the Poor Immigrant” is the title of a Bob Dylan song that I used to sing on the street. It also reflects my feeling with regard to immigrants in the current political climate. Certain people in this country—right wingers, Republicans, and now the Tea Partiers—are constantly seeking some outsider to hate. They thrive on it. I’ve seen this my whole life. Right now their preferred target seems to be the so-called illegal immigrants. The state of Arizona just passed a law that criminalizes them. People say, “But for god’s sake. They’re here illegally. That’s it. End of story.” But laws work only if they are just, and they are just only if they are in harmony with the law of Karma—also known as the law of cause and effect, also known as “as you sow, so shall you reap.”
We have a long history of undermining and overthrowing any government in the Americas that doesn’t cooperate with our way of doing business. We train their politicians, their military, their police. Then we extract their natural resources and their labor and bring the wealth up here, leaving the countries of Central and South America miserably poor and oppressed. Anybody who insists that this isn’t so doesn’t read. The evidence is well documented. The karma of the situation is that the people who have been exploited will follow the loot. No human law can overcome karma. They will keep coming until we stop exploiting them. We can’t have it both ways.
Most people prefer to live in the land in which they were born and raised. It’s a natural affinity. It’s only when conditions become intolerable that we leave our homelands. If we want America to be for Americans—whatever that means—then we have to leave those countries alone, stop trying to dictate how they run their affairs, stop installing our puppets in their governments. I’ve met a lot of “illegals” here in San Francisco, and I’ve rarely met any that I didn’t like. They’ve never struck me as criminals. The criminals are those who participate in the exploitation of these countries or who agitate against the people who come here after having been ripped off by us.