Immigrants strengthen and enrich our culture

December 18, 2015
Refugees trapped between Greece and Macedonia

Refugees trapped between Greece and Macedonia

OPINION by PETE EVANS

There is much talk about immigration these days, especially concerning the plight of the multitudes of Syrians fleeing their country due to war and terror.

I believe we have in place a method of investigation and vetting of new immigrants. No one wants to welcome anyone with ill feelings for our country. The issues are fairly simple in concept and number.

First off, can we even afford to take in refugees? If not then we should not. But of course we can, we have so much money and so many resources we can do anything we want to do. Do refugees cost us anything in the long run? Read the Cato report below, they actually add to our GNP.

Secondly, and more importantly, should we take in refugees? Well, what is our moral compass? Do we have one? I feel some responsibility to help out those in need, don’t you?

I could cite many cases where we created crises and then took in refugees from those locales (Central America, SE Asia and Iraq for example). Of course the few we took in hardly made up for the mayhem we caused. Our corrupt and mismanaged foreign policy is not the issue in this essay, but rather the aftermath is. I am shamed by some of our historical behavior regarding immigration and refugees.

Sometimes these two categories are lumped into one of Displaced Persons. We pretty much ignored the plight of European Jews in WW2. Only near the end did we step up immigration; due to Congressional inaction Harry Truman had to issue an executive order to increase relief for displaced persons.

We outright banned Chinese for many years, after they slaved building our railroads. Japanese in the early ’30s had a tough time landing here. During WW2, after we had imprisoned many Americans of Japanese descent, the 442nd Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare-all were Japanese American soldiers! So much for questioning their allegiance.

In recent history little Jordan has put up 672,000 displaced persons. Germany (with 1/4 our population) has taken one million refugees. We plan to take in a mere 10,000 next year. And now there is much talk about choking off that paltry number. Sweden and other Scandinavian countries have taken many more per capita than we have. France has long been a bastion for those displaced by strife or war. And at times, so have we.

Our European allies are taking in many displaced persons. We owe them some relief from the burden of this flood of refugees. We can easily handle the cost and inconvenience. It seems we have to see if we can handle the irrational fear that certain politicians have attempted to instill in us.

There is never any lack of scapegoating of our Mexican neighbors, especially those who come here for a better life. For a time I had a couple rental houses in another city. Without a shred of hesitation, I tell you my best tenants were always Mexicans. They outshone anyone born here by a magnitude of kindness, honesty and integrity.

Whenever I see or hear Americans (usually white ones) denigrating Mexicans, I am reminded how ignorant and spoiled the complainers are.

Without a doubt all Americans are concerned with security, imposing overly restrictive limitations on compassion for displaced persons will not achieve the safety we crave. In fact our very souls will be diminished by such selfish and shameful action. Those who were born here should thank the heavens for such frightfully good luck. Many others were not so lucky. We can even the score somewhat by helping out.

From the Cato Institute (a respected libertarian think tank):

“The overriding impact of immigrants is to strengthen and enrich American culture, increase the total output of the economy, and raise the standard of living of American citizens. Immigrants are advantageous to the United States for several reasons: (1) Since they are willing to take a chance in a new land, they are self-selected on the basis on motivation, risk taking, work ethic, and other attributes beneficial to a nation. (2) They tend to come to the United States during their prime working years (the average age is 28), and they contribute to the workforce and make huge net contributions to old-age entitlement programs, primarily Social Security. (3) Immigrants tend to fill niches in the labor market where demand is highest relative to supply, complementing rather than directly competing with American workers. (4) Many immigrants arrive with extremely high skill levels, and virtually all, regardless of skill level, bring a strong desire to work. (5) Their children tend to reach high levels of achievement in American schools and in society at large.”

Pete Evans is a resident of San Luis Obispo.


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Rich in MB

Sharia Law is Not Compatible with the US Constitution, therefore any Muslim Immigrant that would hold up Sharia Law above the US Constitution, by the very definition of our Immigration laws, should be denied entry.


This isn’t that hard folks, but you have to open your eyes to the reality vs the fantasy world that the Liberals live in on a daily basis.


There…someone had to speak the Truth to Power.


shelworth

Watch this video, it will really open your eyes.


AmericaBeautiful

This should be played by the mainstream media on an hourly basis.


Robert1

This should be mandatory viewing in all schools for 2016 and beyond.


Structure

We may sometimes need to take in immigrants. When we do so it should be because they are the “best” we can get. Not because of geography or politics. However, the United States and, California in particular, are already overcrowded. So when the population begins to decline, then we can consider increasing immigration. Populating the US like China is a bad idea.


What we can do in other parts of the word is fund sex education, women’s education, and economic development. Birth rates will decline as women are empowered.


AmericaBeautiful

NO more foreign aid. Period. Help our Veterans, our Disabled, our Seniors first. First!


bsdetective007

#PeteEvans, with every inch of my soul I disagree with you. If America has so much to give, lets start with the American People, #Veterans who fought wars to give us the freedom we have and free enterprise. My husband needed a heart and lung transplant at one point, at the time our insurance did not cover such procedures, therefore I needed to raise $150,000.00 to get him on the transplant list, then was facing the remaining expenses if it happened. We tried to get help from our government, but because I paid about $40,000.00 dollars a year in taxes, we could not get assistance.

The Japanese blind sided America, at that time our government made the right choice to house the Japanese until they could get America straight. They didn’t want the risk of “Terrorism”.

Donald Trump is Right! We need to close the borders till our government workers can get their ac together and start doing their JOB, #NewYorkPrisonEscape.


Make the prisoners farm the lands. Pay them minimum wage, but make them pay back for their housing (prison).


Put facial recognition or finer print recognition time clocks in Hospitals, government institutions and monitor key strokes to make sure people are actually working instead of having the state, County and federal governments pay them for not working.


Oh and I better get off my soap box.


AmericaBeautiful

Must have been a prisoner who downvoted your sensible input….except for the last paragraph. You gotta be kidding about that.


mej

No, we cannot afford to take in more until we fix ourselves. When the system is overloaded, more dependents drag it further down.


How about:


Bringing our infrastructure up to the 21st century. Well, how about just repairing it to the mid 20th century.


Providing shelters for all Americans. Rebuilding the uninhabitable shelters that proliferate parts of America.


Putting enough money into education to give those who need more get enough to be successful. (That’s how you fix the ghettos…a regular education won’t work for some.)


Funding state of the art drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers.


There’s too much to write about. The only purpose to bring in more refugees is to transform America by bringing it down.


shelworth

Ask the average German how they like the influx of “Refugees”.


Robert1

This is what is getting SHOVED down our throats.


Our tax dollars hard at work for King Obama,


Budget compromise includes $1.6 billion to resettle latest undocumented minors.


goo.gl/x7kKlb


isoslo

Pete,


Some immigrants come to US with the hope of becoming American, maybe with a few cultural twists but American in general . Today we live in a new era where many, in particular most muslims, come to America with a desire to transform America into a place more in line with their beliefs. America does not want people who come here to change us, we want immigrants who come here to join us.


mazin

I am sure that overtime additional population has a beneficial effect on economic growth. But at this juncture, middle class wages have been stagnant over the past … what … 33 YEARS??? We need income and wage growth not more cheap labor. As for studies, you get what you pay for. Pete, the Left needs to get a clue as to what is happening in this society. The Koch Brother love cheap labor.