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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topper01

“…..we have so much money and so many resources we can do anything we want to do.”


IF, and only if, this is the case;


Why do we have so many homeless vets? Shouldn’t we care for them with the same compassion?


Why do we borrow from China every year just to meet the demands of the socialists’ agenda?


Just asking….


AmericaBeautiful

because….racism….Bush…duh!


JohnnyBoy

We are obligated by various UN treaties to take in a certain number of immigrants/refugees each year. But how about this idea: Let’s take in voluntarily the best of the best, i.e., Physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers and well educated persons, or those who come with lots of cash.


As to the others, let the UN process their applications, then parcel them out worldwide on a random basis. Any immigrant who wants to leave their own country would take pot luck as to where they end up.


My guess is that if the USA is not a sure thing, a lot would stay at home. It is interesting that one doesn’t see people flocking to Africa, Japan, China, Russia, etc. Even the Muslims don’t want to immigrate to other Muslim countries.


joseywales

just the way the peeps in charge want it…..divided and conquered


AmericaBeautiful

…or overrun and destroyed.


r0y

Whatever happened to the “ONE IS TOO MANY!!” mentality of the left, Pete?


Whenever one child is harmed/killed, one can almost guarantee that there will be cries of “even if just ONE child is killed by a gun, then that is one too many!”


However, we get a couple bad apples with a massive immigration influx, and no one is crying out, “even if ONE immigrant goes on a killing spree in the name of allah, then that is one too mant!”


Haven’t heard that from the usual suspects, though, have we?


Gordo

Legal immigration with a thorough vetting process is good for America.


What is not good is the system we have in place now. We do a lousy job of vetting immigrants, San Bernardino is the example of how it can go wrong.


What is also wrong is all the catering that is done for immigrants today. All of our tax dollars that go to promote culteral diversity are actually promoting factionalism in our country. Why would immigrant group A assimilate into American life, when there is no incentive or requirement to do so.


Throw into this the extreme cultural differences that religion can play and you can have a veritable Balkanization in your own backyard.


Finally, we need to focus on securing the borders, rounding up criminal illegal aliens for deportation, fixing our vetting process and stop the multicultural nonsense.


There is one culture in America, just as their is one flag, one Constitution and one language that should bind us together.


If you don’t want to learn the language, swear allegiance to the flag, follow our laws, and engage in the fabric of American life, then you are an invader not an immigrant..


Pelican1

“Immigrants strengthen and enrich our culture” Yes, they can strengthen OUR culture. That means the assimilate American cultural values and principles and we NOT theirs.

Multiculturalism is a monumental failure in Europe. We must not allow that to take happen here. We must insure that any refugees that come here are wanting to become Americans.


Slowerfaster

If we really wanted to be civilized and improve our ‘melting pot’ culture, we could make it a zero-sum equation: welcoming the tired, poor, huddled-masses and at the same time, exiling the racist, xenophobe, ignorant and violent dregs of society that infect the body politic.


Rich in MB

So we can trade you for 3-4 Syrian Refugees.

Done deal…and be sure to report back from the freedom living middle East to let us know how you like it.


isoslo

When are you leaving?


Black_Copter_Pilot

Please take Mkaney with you


Thanks in advance


ToHellinaHandBasket

Which means that you and all progressives would have to leave. You don’t beleive in what you preach to the mindless americans that continue to vote in imposters.


However, you and your ilk have done quite well. I’ll give you that. Plus, the indoctrination of our children K-12 and onto higher education. The Saul Alinsky model.


AmericaBeautiful

Absolutely.

And whoever down-voted your comment is willfully & woefully ignorant.


itneverends

isislo’s point was exactly the first one that came into my head. Couldn’t agree more.


BeenThereDoneThat

Every time I think I’ve heard all the drivel one can hear, someone comes along to surprise me.