In the current immigration debate:
Peoples wanting to enter the USA from all corners of the planet say it’s just like hundreds of years ago when immigrants came to America from Europe, with a pittance in their pockets, so open your God-damned doors before we huff and puff and blow your doors down.
No it isn’t the same.
Those immigrants were coming into a wilderness – a massive area of undeveloped land not built for habitation yet. There is a world of difference. They came ready to build, not to tear down or game the system to only their benefit. There wasn’t a system to game.
Immigrants today come to a nation already made to order, already established – the suffering of making that nation done by the predecessors of those who live here, not by the ancestors of the new immigrant. That reality must be respected during all talks.
Simply to say it’s a big country, there’s enough room for everyone under this massive tent, is naive.
Try putting three hundred million plus people under one tent and see what happens. It didn’t work in your own country, don’t try to force it on the country you want to enter to call your own.
It’s not your tent. It’s a country. It’s not a boat nor a pot. People don’t melt. They haven’t melted yet, so what makes you think that you’re coming to a melting pot?
Are you going to assimilate? No. You won’t. That’s what melt means. It means assimilate into a new culture. You won’t leave your culture of abuse against women and children behind. You won’t leave your culture of prejudice against all other animals and all other ethnicities of humans, except your own, behind. You won’t leave your authoritarian politics behind. You won’t leave your resistance to anything American and anything White American behind.
You want only the money opportunity.
Are you ready to build a country, a better country? No. You’re ready to make a country bleed, so when the war is over you can call it yours.
It’s that war mentality that this country does not want nor need. Make a war in the country you want to leave if that’s your mindset – stay there and make war. Don’t come here and war against the country that you expect in advance to meet all the demands that your own country of origin failed to meet.
You need to contribute to the process of achieving your goals. If you’re not that kind of person, then free-load some place else. There’s a reason why your country doesn’t want you – you’re high maintenance.
Just because you can get on a plane, on a boat or jump a fence doesn’t make you tough. It doesn’t make you any more worthy than anybody else. In fact, it shows you don’t know how to plan ahead. You go to a foreign country with nothing and expect that country to take care of you without any thought of reciprocity. Any fool could do it. What’s your plan? Stay low so nobody knows you’re here? What kind of life is that? Always living outside the law. Always blaming everybody else for your woes: first you blame your country of origin then you blame the country you came to.
In my view, the law must apply equally to all those living or visiting within our borders, or to no one within our borders.
The law, all laws, must apply to everyone or to no one.
Get rid of the phrase cherry-picking. It’s old, worn out, tired. People aren’t cherries, ideas aren’t cherries. Get with it or don’t run for office next time around. You didn’t stay current, you didn’t seek solutions, you sought only to postpone forever. Pass a law, then let only certain people, certain populations, break it with impunity? Everybody else has to obey it? That’s just plain stupid. Lazy too. Ignorant.
The USA needs a new Naturalization Act.
Everybody (regardless of age, religion, handicap, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, language etc. and who is not currently in the judicial or penal system) who has lived in the United States for five years with the intent of staying in the United States becomes a United States citizen with all benefits afforded all other citizens, with one exception: dual citizenship to another country is not allowed – no matter the country.
You don’t need to speak the language, but you need to obey the laws like all other citizens. Not speaking English is not a viable defense.