A Nation of Immigrants

Two weeks ago there was a letter to the Hampton Chronicle pointing out
the negative consequences of the increasing Latino population. In
response, there were four letters to the editor and a short editorial
by the publisher.

The lady who wrote about the bad side of our immigrant population
mentioned several examples of programs they supposedly shouldn’t
qualify for: “SNAP, WIC, EBT, Obama phone, healthcare, free breakfast
and lunches during school and through the summer, heat and rental
assistance and Christmas gifts.” Christmas gifts?

Is the problem invaders from south of the border or entitlements? I
say it is the entitlements that are degrading our community. They are
the reason we can’t simply be neighborly and explain to new arrivals
that an orderly and neat neighborhood is more in tune with our
standards. The stinking entitlements take the place of neighbors and
even families. In fact entitlements have been linked to declining
populations in several socialistic countries because where children
cared for elderly parents there is now social security. Where parents
cared for their children there is now government schooling.

Where I grew up in California we had a big wall around the back yard.
Everyone did. When I moved to Dumont to help my grandpa I would visit
Willard Weibke, who lived next door, as we hoed our gardens together.
We could look up and down the whole block full of neighbors and wave
and smile as we went about our business. We could share without a
wall.

I thought it was rather odd when I read the article, that may have
set-off the lady letter writer, about the expert who came to speak on
assimilation of immigrants. The whole article was full of mindless
catch phrases about accepting each other through this or that
initiative or program. This is more evidence that we need to ditch
these barriers and be friendly.

Language and culture are surmountable walls. It wasn’t easy in days
past when this country was settled by people from different cultures.
But the children helped the parents communicate and the differences in
cultures were one reason we flourished like we did. Do we want to
limit our potential, as a nation, because some people don’t think they
are capable of competing in the job market? The focus on abuse of
entitlements is very telling. The quest for special favors is trumping
the offer of an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

People need to be happy with who they are and happy there are others
with that same situation, even if it happens to be that they are happy
for different reasons.

The part of this whole discussion that really hit me was where a child
was declared to be worth $6291.00 worth of state money for the school.
A child begets special favors from the state so we don’t have to
nurture them on our own dime. What a bizarre way to look at children
and how sad it is widely accepted as normal.

My solution: Bring all the troops home from foreign lands to screen
potential immigrants. Phase out all entitlements because they
evidently lure disreputable immigrants and we know they are abused by
natives. Let immigrants contribute and the entitled natives move to
the counties that have not yet discovered the destructive nature of
the welfare state.

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10 responses to “A Nation of Immigrants

  1. Seems to me the problem is the Democrat Party doing all they can to formulate policy that continues to provide them with a bonanza of new Democrat voters. And, a Republican Party too afraid of some bad media press to challenge the lack of enforcement of the immigration laws by the ruling party. Enforce the existing immigration laws and border stewardship, crack down on employers who hire the illegal aliens (oh, excuse me, I mean the “dreamers”), and stop the so-called “legal” immigration of one-million immigrants per year, 80% of whom have no marketable skills, can’t speak the language and have the equivalent of a U.S. 3rd-grade education, and the entitlement mess becomes a moot point. But the GOP would rather hide from the issue, and from their constituency, with a straw-man objective of claiming that they can win the hearts and minds of many of these immigrants with an appropriate immigration reform piece of legislation. We don’t need more immigration legislation. We need the GOP to get some gonads.

    The GOP accuses Obama of an appeasement foreign policy, but the GOP is quite guilty of their own media appeasement policies. We are essentially a one-political-party country with the elected representatives embracing the single philosophy of solipsism.

    • Or is it the other way around? Change this “entitlement mess” and who would want to come here? Then the people who decide to cross the boarder (whether it be South, North, etc.) don’t come here with the idea that we will take care of them and they will take the initiative to learn English, get an education past 3rd grade, and get a marketable skill to prove people like you wrong.

      Living in a city with a huge illegal immigrant population and in particular having a job where I am the minority has shown me what a difference it makes when hard workers with a tough past are given the opportunity to learn a new skill in a small business, and what they do with their lives from there.

      • I’m not of the opinion that America’s entitlement generosity is the enticement that makes folks cross the border into the U.S. illegally. No, I believe that the great majority come to America seeking jobs and improved wages. And most of those look on their occupancy in the U.S. as temporary, albeit a rather long-duration temporariness in some cases. It is my opinion that the motivation for working in America is to send money back to Mexico to assist in the support of their families. Once here, do they take advantage of our welfare State? You bet — they learn fast as to how the system works. But they can’t send that free medical care and other entitlements back to their families as cash contributions. The great majority are here, first and foremost, to seek employment. The welfare largesse is simply a sort of fringe benefit.

        Now, I by no means intended to suggest that the folks who come here to work and seek a higher wage are somehow a drag on society, or that they are the people who are responsible for the overly generous entitlement system currently afflicting America. Quite the contrary. It has been my experience (and that is almost 40-years of food manufacturing management) that the legal (green card) and/or illegal border crossovers who find employment are very excellent workers, who want to learn, are mostly dependable, and are overall good contributors to a business’s profitability.

        It just isn’t the entitlement offerings that are the prime attraction that entices folks to come illegally to the U.S.

    • WE ARE in fact a nation of immigrants – and should continue to be so. Your ancestors came here unable to speak the language. Almost none of us have ever learned to speak any of the native languages. Fortunately for us, our nation does not have a national language. We should provide opportunities, not entitlements. That should be the reform made to immigration policy.

      • Providing opportunities looks like government being out of the way. There are plenty of people who need stuff and plenty who can provide that stuff. Great concept, too easily corrupted with good intentions and disrespect for property rights. What we have left of it works good, compared to the rest of the world.

      • Sorry Stephen, I beg to differ. Every country has its mythology. America’s is that we are a “nation of immigrants.” The Statue of Liberty, the country’s most iconic monument, stands tall in New York Harbor, welcoming, “. . . your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” If the United States had been true to these ideals, its history would have been a simple tale of openness and acceptance. The real story is far more complex and has segued into something quite different.

        “We’re a nation of immigrants” is an accurate description as far as it goes, but it leaves out several facts whose omission renders the phrase extremely misleading, and totally meaningless. We “were” a nation of “legal” immigrants, almost all of whom arrived as part of a planned legal process, many via Ellis Island. We are a nation of immigrants who, in the past, didn’t depend on the welfare state — even if for no better reason than that there was not much of a welfare state in the past. The welfare state wasn’t needed and why is it needed now? We were once a nation of immigrants who assimilated instead of maintaining multicultural divisions, as modern immigrants tend to do. There are serious differences between the immigrants who arrived to America in the 19th and early 20th centuries and those who are arriving today, Hispanics in particular.

        To state the trite axiom that “we are a nation of immigrants” is, today, a non sequitur expression, a meaningless phrase intended to shut-down any and all immigration policy discussion. For those who want a cheap and easy way to avoid critical discussion of illegal immigration, “we’re a nation of immigrants” is the go-to response. From the vapid college liberal to the compassionate conservative who wants to make a dog and pony show of magnanimity, the phrase is a quick fix of atonement. After being browbeaten for maintaining a racist society even today, many white conservatives are itching for an opportunity to appear to make amends by groveling. As a result, people who are not racist are supporting self-destructive amnesty in a vain effort to show that they aren’t racist. And what better way to show racial open-mindedness than with an open border? Too many Republicans gripe about the welfare state while cheer-leading the immigration that guarantees a larger welfare state.

        The “nation of immigrants” rhetoric is rarely part of a fully formed thought or constructive observation or discussion; it’s more of a pleasant-sounding noise. In that way, the “nation of immigrants” claptrap rhymes along with the “diversity is a strength” mantra of B.S. Like many clichés, these phrases are repeated so often that their meaning is totally lost, if there ever was any. They are used as a device to shut-down and productive discussion regarding the US immigration mess.

        Our essential retort to immigration mantras should be that we are a nation of laws, and amnesty rewards people who disrespect our laws, and only legal immigration is welcome.

        The nation of immigrants that we once were has been changed, and changed quite dramatically and significantly. The nation we once were has been dis-united by multiculturalism, racial grievances, and class warfare. In response, we need to stop admitting people to this nation who will contribute to tribalism and the welfare state.

  2. In the column I was refering to the letter in the paper. I didn’t infer the Mexicans come here for the benefits. But assuming they do it is a problem, exactly like natives doing the same thing.

    I don’t think “sealing the border” is possible with people any more than with dope. So there is no point in saying that is a solution to a problem.

    What is the problem anyway? If it is competition for jobs so be it. Most of these kids coming out of government schools and going to college to keep from growing up ought to starve a little so they are hungry enough to work.

    If I had to choose one class or another I’ll take the Mexicans over the spoiled brats that think citizenship is a ticket to prosperity because the border is blocked to people better than themselves.

  3. Well, I am at a disadvantage since I don’t receive copies of the Hampton Chronicle. For those of us who don’t have access to this publication, perhaps you should preface your comments with background information. Just a suggestion.

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