In Part I of this topic, I discussed how Europe (generally speaking but not as a rule) has no desire and no intention of helping the refugees in the masses. One thing I failed to mention is that Europe due to its population density, cannot necessarily handle the brunt of the refugees. This however, isn’t an excuse to refuse the entry of as many refugees as they are denying. It is only to say that Europe cannot handle ALL of them.
And now should The United States of America enter world affairs. We have a vast expanse of uninhabited land, and so space isn’t an issue. The excuse most Americans use is that migrants will take away all business, plunging America into another Great Depression.
In actuality, migrants are the basis of American economy. Hispanics and other immigrants work all the jobs that Americans are too lazy to think about. For example, during the recession several years ago, there were plenty of dirty jobs to do, but the majority of Americans would rather starve themselves and their families rather than buckle down into the nitty gritty and get their little hands dirty. My conclusion is that migrant workers aren’t stealing any jobs, since Americans are too fat and lazy anyway.
Even if this wasn’t the case, if American Capitalists decided to BE American and bring all the industry stateside. Then not only would the number of jobs increase infinintly, but America would once again be self sufficient. Owing no country debt or allegiance.
America has a long tradition of receiving immigrants. I say “receiving” because I fail to remember a time when immigrants were welcome. In almost every case immigrants in the first few decades were either hated, feared, or in good times, tolerated. Eventually after several decades immigrants would finally be welcomed in the locality in which they settled.
In the 1800’s, Irishmen started flooding the continent as they fled from famine and because they had rubbed the English Authorities the wrong way. All these immigrations were greatly feared. The Protestant upper classes had inherited a vehement loathing of “Papism” or “Popery” and saw the great influx of Irish as a threat to society. The common view was that Catholicism was un-American because all Catholics were in a plot to take over America for the Vatican. In the 1928 Presidential campaign, Al Smith, the Catholic nominee, lost the race to Herbert Hoover due to the large anti-catholic sentiment.
It is true that the Irish wouldn’t Americanize the way the WASPs wanted them to, losing their religion and culture. But, they would prove that they were willing and patriotic American citizens. When the Civil War broke out, the Irish were among the first to take up arms to defend what they thought to be right. Both the North and South had Irish Brigadier Regiments who became greatly distinguished on the battlefield. If any “Rite” was ever needed to become American, I believe this Baptism of Blood would suffice.
Today 34.5 million Americans claim Irish descent. Some Irish customs are a legacy here. Even in the rural South where probably 95% of the population are Scotch/English, St. Paddy’s Day parades and “Irish” Highland Games are a big deal (Highland Games are really Sottish, but if people are under an impression it is hard to break). In a way, the Irish built modern day America.
This article is not about the Irish, however I see a direct correlation from them to the Hispanic and the Middle Eastern migrants of today. The Irish were escaping from certain death by the series of natural calamities that erupted in Ireland during the 19th Century and so too, are the Hispanics and Middle Easterns. Erin’s sons were trying to survive starvation by working hard, low paying, and even life threatening jobs, and so are the migrants of today. The Irish bled for their new country, and now many nationalities fight under our flag. And lastly, both the Irish and modern immigrants, were/are constantly experiencing hostility in their daily hardworking lives.
It may take another century, but the Hispanic and Middle Eastern ethnicities will, whether you like it or not, become an integral part of the United States’ population. The only thing that remains is to accept them and to welcome them like CHRISTIANS and in that way they will be proud to be American all the more.
We shouldn’t worry that immigrants will pollute American culture either, because we’ve got no culture. In fact the IMMIGRANTS are the ones losing their culture. New England, made up of Irish American immigrants, lost its culture to such an extent that they are the Liberal hotbed of the East!
As an American descended from immigrants, I believe that Immigration is not only a calling from God on the spiritual level, but also on the economic and social level, it is a chance for America to thrive and become a self sustained nation united in a mutual love of neighbor which inevitably will create a stronger patriotic generation to carry on our Founding Fathers’ work.
At the end of all arguments it would be good to remember a saying I found in an old Toast Master’s joke book: “I believe it would have been wise for the American Indian to have had a Customs Office”