Immigration Response

A few people have posted comments on my article on immigration amnesties. So I felt that i should make a response, the key thing that we need to remember is that these people may be illegal but they are still people created in Gods image.

They may also be illegal but they still should have all their human rights observed and upheld.  We also see a lot of inflammatory language used when addressing the immigration issue, such as invaders, stealing or the one that really cracks me up that immigrants will erode American values and culture. But there would be no illegal immigrants here if there was not Americans wanting and willing to employ them, also what is this American culture that would be eroded if the doors were opened wider? Is this the same culture that was built on the backs of immigrants and slaves? Modern America, i.e. post Native American America, has been built, dreamt, created by people fleeing poverty, injustice, hunger, disease and persecution.

These are the very same driving forces that bring people illegally, and to some extent legally, so it seems rich to complain about people coming to America when most of America is of immigrant descent. Yes they are illegal, and yes that is a crime and I do think that they should be sent home but at the same time lets remember that a lot of Americans came here and  got lucky because when they came there was no Customs and Border Control. I wonder how many of the Irish, Italians, Germans, Spanish, English, Scottish or Jewish who came here on ships would have been allowed in today? Many would have failed many of the very basic criteria such as not having a criminal record or passing a basic medical test or having a job offer or a passport…

The world is different today, the world is much flatter and people have so much more access to everything and the danger for America is higher now than it was but this of all countries needs to remember what it says on the statue of Liberty –

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Speaking from immigration experience, the doors are open (and I Love this country and love the life I have here) but there are opened with what can seem like scowling reluctance. What has made this country great is an openness to immigrants, and the cultural diversity that they bring. When America becomes afraid of immigrants, the American dream dies with that fear.

One last thing to remember is that the Israelite people and Jesus in the Bible were refugees at one stage in their lives and story…


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the post

  2. Thanks and spot on. This is the same struggle as the struggle to end slavery. When the abolitionists started their work they used the slogan “Am I not a man, and a brother?” to argue for equality for all human beings including slaves. The slavers tried to make slaves less human. It’s a little more sophisticated today but its the same thing. They’re foreigners – they don’t have the same human rights. They’re slaves they don’t have a right to be free. Of course irrational, self serving and ultimately immoral.

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