Thrawn Rickle 77
BRING ON THE IMMIGRANTS
© 2004 Williscroft
What is an
immigrant? Perhaps the definition
with the widest acceptance is one who leaves his or her native country in
order to settle permanently elsewhere.
definition, obviously, children of immigrants born in the new homeland are not
immigrants. Nations typically
establish mechanisms whereby immigrants can become citizens.
In the United States, naturalized citizenship carries with it nearly
all the rights and privileges of birth citizenship. The exceptions include such things as becoming President.
The children of immigrants, on the other hand, possess all the rights
and privileges of birth citizenship. It
is not too surprising, therefore, that would-be immigrants go to great lengths
to ensure their offspring are born on U.S. soil.
three hundred years after Columbus first set foot in the Americas half a
millennium ago, people immigrated here from all over the world. When our country’s founders put things into perspective,
they pointed out the self-evident idea that all people are created equal.
In declaring their independence from the British sovereign, they went
far beyond that simple declaration by insisting that the general human
condition should be in a free state. By
establishing a nation where this condition rules, they clearly implied an
open-door policy to anyone seeking freedom.
founding fathers did not allow for, probably because it never occurred to
them, was a restriction on immigration because there is no room at the inn.
Few of us would argue the wisdom of preventing too many people from
climbing aboard a full life boat, thereby jeopardizing everyone’s lives.
Many people now argue that the United States is in a similar position
with respect to immigration, and especially illegal immigration (defined as
immigration not sanctioned by the government).
Are these people correct? Does
their interpretation accurately reflect reality?
of the objections to immigration clearly does not involve living space.
America still has more livable open space than most nations.
The objections, at least for Hispanic immigrants, seem to center around
the amenities—primarily welfare and medical care, and loss of jobs.
From my own
investigation of the loss of jobs situation, most immigrants, at least those
who are Hispanic, take jobs no one else will take. The bottom line produced by this is a net increase in jobs
and an expanded tax base. This is
patently beneficial for everybody; the guy who needs the work done, the guy
who wants to work, and the government entity that gets the added taxes.
the welfare and health care situation? When
more than half the babies born in Los Angeles County Hospital belong to
illegal immigrants on welfare, this is a real problem by anybody’s
definition. But is this an
immigration problem? I think you
know the answer. It makes little
sense to quash immigration with the ensuing loss of jobs and tax base, when we
can save billions of dollars in welfare and medical expenditures, control
undesirable immigration by removing its welfare incentive, and generate
additional tax revenue by expanding the job-related tax base.
is how we handle welfare and medical care.
It has nothing to do with immigration.
The solution is obvious—it doesn’t take a rocket scientist.
Today we have
another “immigration problem.” America has been attacked by terrorist
forces that seem to have only two things in common with each other: (1) They
are Muslim of the Wahhabi variety, and (2) they hate Americans, Jews, and most
non-Muslims. America’s response has been to remove permanently the
illegitimate rulers of Afghanistan, who were radically Wahhabi and direct
sponsors of the attacks against America, to remove the Iraqi dictatorship and
the threats it posed, and to set up a vigilant system designed to prevent
terrorists from entering our country in the first place.
understandable response of the general public has been to look askance at any
individual who even looks Arabic. Since we have officially abandoned the
practice of profiling, many people are at a loss when dealing with this
I had a
tenant in one of my apartments who was from the Middle East. He was an
American citizen attending dental school. He and I were talking several weeks
after 9/11 about how he was being treated under the circumstances. He was
dressed in normal “American” attire, jeans and shirt, had a typical
student haircut, and could have been an American with some Hispanic or other
“Southern” heritage. In effect, here in Los Angeles, he was
indistinguishable from hundreds of thousands of other individuals.
Consequently, he reported to me that he had experienced no discrimination.
On the other
hand, I have observed women and men walking down the street dressed in
traditional Arab attire who are being avoided by everyone. This is even true
for non-Arabs such as Sikhs and others who wear distinctive clothing that has
elements in common with Arab attire. Without evidence to the contrary, no one
should discriminate against these people, but the only “evidence” most
citizens have is the apparent fact that the terrorists who threaten us are
Muslim, which equates in most people’s minds to this kind of attire.
There is an
obvious solution to this potentially explosive situation, a solution my tenant
discovered by himself. There really is no reason for American Muslims to wear
such distinctive dress. If American Imams were to address this situation in
their Mosques, and more specifically, if they were to issue appropriate Fatwas,
directing their congregations to dress in normal American attire, for the most
part, the problem would simply go away. Fatwas
are Islamic religious directives that are mandatory for all Muslims. Thus the
people who currently feel compelled to dress so distinctively, would be
required to blend in instead of stand out. End of problem.
Eastern immigrants would become just another group of people who would simply
blend in with all the Hispanics who make up the largest group of current
immigrants in America. They will be able to follow their dreams just like our
forefathers followed theirs, whether they did this two hundred years or just
one generation ago.
So bring on the immigrants. We still need their brains and their brawn; and we still need the world to know that we remain the land of the free.