Here’s a Great comment by a long time international friend of mine who has seen it all as far as the immigration situation in the U.S.! We will be voting on this and many other important issues, but this is a key one! I couldn’t state it better in putting down what out history tells us and why we need to keep our country a melting pot. To read how one functions historically when you are not a melting pot, read “Astoria” by Peter Stark! We need diversity and we need acceptance and cooperation!
As we head into an election cycle in the USA, the issue of immigration will rightfully earn a great deal of attention. So let’s put it in historical perspective:
“During the 20th century, America recorded its highest percentage of foreign-born residents in 1910 — 14.7% of the population. A century later, about 40 million people, or nearly 13% of Americans today, are foreign-born citizens” (CNN).
Economic studies show that immigration works to the benefit of the receiving country. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty makes both moral and economic sense:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
Immigration always has been and always will be a good thing. E pluribus Unum.