When looking at immigration reform, you have a lot of opinions to consider.  It is a hot topic these days, as well it should.  Our country was built in immigrants, so immigration reform is a very important topic that we should all consider strongly.
Due to the hot topic that immigration reform is, and the many varied opinions on immigration reform and the immigration debate, there is a lot of material circulating via email these days.  Some is rubbish, but recently I recieved a well thought out, well presented view on the immigration debate that ties into the talks on immigration reform.  I’ve put together the information and some pictures, as it addresses issues that should be examined, and offers a point of view in the immigration debate that is well worth looking at.
This is not my complete view, and I by no means want to put all immigrants in the same pot as some bad apples.  It’s a shame that all the hard working individuals that work hard, live legally and are an attribute to this country get lumped together with the few that don’t.  This is simply an editorial type of post that I found to drum up some interesting ideas, and I hope you enjoy:
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people why today’s American is not willing to accept a new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States , people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented.
Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.
They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French American, the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  Nelson Henderson
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3 thoughts on “Immigration Reform – Stoking the Immigration Debate

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  2. Braley

    Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done. Good job, this really does stoke the immigration debate!

  3. Brittanicus

    Not one–SINGLE–word about E-Verify in the dialogue from Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano at her press interview in Washington today. E-Verify is by far the most important tool in immigration enforcement, that could disgorge illegal aliens from the workplace. Beginning with the 8.5 million illegal persons asserted by FAIR, in there analysis now physically hired in the labor pool nationwide. This is when millions of Americans don’t have full time jobs, which are grossly unfair and incomprehensible that both parties have not forced through E-Verify auditing. Every conceivable business must have E-verify established in human resources and a verification system in post offices and public buildings with this program to detect illegal workers. A Permanent E-Verify would now be enforced, with agonizing penalties for defiant business owners. THE FACT IS IF NO JOBS ARE AVAILABLE, THE ILLEGAL WORKERS WILL LEAVE AND GO HOME. Sen. Harry Reid incapacitated E-Verify a unique confirmation program, limiting it to the employers’ discretion of using the computer program or not? THAT’S WHY SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV) MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

    Billions of Dollars are spent on fighting foreigners wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but our protection is only $600.000 on trying to seal our border. Its a pretty good start but not enough. There wouldn’t have been any anxiety about border protection, if the government had built the–REAL–double fences as stipulated in the 2006 Secure fence Act. Instead it was compromised by Sen. Harry Reid and two Texas politicians, who purposely underfunded it through Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations bill and cut it back to only one fence. Upon analysis if the two individual barriers were built as guaranteed, Arizona would not be sued and illegal aliens would not be flooding through breeches on the nation border. Until the politicians in Washington, uphold a serious commitment to building the–REAL–fence(s), and not half-hearted attempt in misleading the American public. There will not be any form of immigration reform, if anti-amnesty organizations can stop its course? That first and foremost should be the REAL BORDER FENCE(S)

    Beyond the gap of a thousand yards a second chain-link fence, used typically in the prison system topped with razor wire for the whole 2000 miles with tracks between for the US Border Patrol and the absent federal troops. The majority of illegal expectant mothers would not reach our soil, demanding taxpayers to pay for her hospital stay, food stamps, Section 8 housing and other welfare entitlements. As your Senators and Congress people what happened to the 2nd border fence and vote out all the incumbent lawmakers in November.Watch carefully for irregularities in Nevada voting, as the state has a very large margin of illegal households.

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