“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”(1)
These words resonate thru our history, the history of the United States of America. Our history also contains many examples where our citizens were not open and welcoming to immigrants, especially mass immigration. Do we have the “right” as a nation to say yes or no to anyone who might want to visit our shores? I think the answer to that lies with asking, do we have the right to exist as a nation, period?
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abe Lincoln.(2)
Do we have any “right” to have a nation of, by and for the people? To abstract? Lets ask instead, do you have a right to live in and keep your home? What gives you that right?
And the sign said, Anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight
So, I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
“Hey, what gives you the right?
To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in
If God was here, He’d tell you to your face, man, you’re some kinda sinner”(3)
I like the song, but do not agree with the reasoning. You can lock the doors on your house. Who you let in is & should be your choice. The Bruce Willis movie “Unbreakable” has a psycho killer that walks up to a front door, rings the bell, tells the man who answers, ” I like you house, can I come in?” He then forces his way in, kills the father, rape, torture, etc… You can lock your doors. You can put up a fence. You can do this because we as a society agreed on some laws. Follow certain rules & you “own” property. You can expect to be safe on that property, defended by police and an army. You pay taxes on that property to insure you are kept safe. You have the right to protect what is yours. By extension, does our government not have the right & responsibility to protect our nation? PreWW2, would Japan have not come and taken our oil without defended borders?
Consider how often during a dry spell, we wish for rain. Even during normal seasons, do we protest when rain comes? OK, let’s have the picnic next weekend instead. But do we ever wish for massive thunderstorms? For flash floods? For an overwhelming burst of water too great for the normal ditches, streams and rivers to contain? No, we don’t wish for so much rain as to wreak havoc, to destroy live and property. Sadly, this analogy falls short. We have seen normal floods and can respond, survive, rebuild. Most of the damage done by hurricanes Sandy & Katrina was by flooding. Getting closer, but still this falls short of our situation. Sandy, the hurricane flooded much of our East coast, but it ended. Measured in hours or days, there was an end.
The “flood” of immigrants, where & when does that end? Mexico has announced an agreement with two Central American countries on allowing & assisting immigrants, including young children, to enter the US, illegally.(4) Parts of our government seem to be assisting these immigrants while others parts are attempting to stop them. Our country is praised for being a nation of laws, where the law protects everyone’s rights. Here we have the federal government ignoring written laws, attempting to force the states to abide by illegal suppression of those laws, and some states are pushing back. We are taught a history where dishonest governments suppress & control the news. During wars & foreign conflicts, it is expected even the press will respect the need for some secrets. Why would that be applied to the housing of hundreds or thousands of immigrants? If they are our “guests”, why can we not see the conditions they are living under? What bedding, clothing, food & medical care are we extending? How many are families with an adult & how many are children traveling alone? How many are young males aged 15 to 25 with gang tat’s? I think the world watches & see’s here an example of how far America has fallen. Clearly our government is hiding from us, its citizens, information we have a legal right to expect & demand. At the same time, our world-renowned media seems content to allow this, sitting quietly like a well-trained, well fed dog.
Look at the numbers. The US has a population of 300 million, of which around 70 million work. China has 300 million people living in poverty. The US is the richest nation in the world, often referred to as the world breadbasket. We could support those 300 million and instantly improve their quality of life. It would likely have a negative effect on your and my quality of life. India has 400 million living in poverty. Can they come also? Also consider this helps both China & India as nations. The bulk of their non-productive population becomes someone else’s burden. Human rights advocates have been outspoken over China’s brutally enforced “one child” policy. They are an overcrowded nation with over a million citizens. In perspective, some good news. Central America only has around 40 million people in total. I think it’s unlikely more than 10 to 15 million will seek refuge in the US. And they qualify as “refugee’s”, fleeing poverty & violence. (5) And how many thousands have died in Sudan? What about Libya, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria & Iraq? Surely people fleeing war face a more urgent crisis than those living in poverty? In a civilized world, what is a civilized answer to all these crisis’?
My answer? A civilized nation & people help where they can in and at those nations in crisis. Not here. Bringing their problems here do not resolve the problem. It may provide temporary relief. But if the culture of a nation causes them to overpopulate, eventually they will breed past what the ecosystem can support. It’s funny if you study efforts to control the deer population in the US. They have tried nearly everything from sterilization to urban hunts. In every case, the deer breed to fill the habitat. Then over breed unless controlled by hunting. Perhaps wars are an equivalent? If there was plenty of food & space, would there be so much fighting in the Middle East & Africa? Outrageous thought? Offensive even?
The Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region has 500 million Arabs, Persians, North Africans and others living in an area with an agricultural system that can support half that number. (6)
Sorry but allowing them to come here in mass is bringing their problems to us, making their problems ours. It still will not solve their problems, be it poverty or war, it will just bring poverty and war here. While I think the US should always be open and welcoming to immigrants, we cannot allow a flood that is all but an invasion. Too many too soon means no assimilation. That will kill our culture. It will then be replaced with that of the invaders. If their culture was so successful, why did they flee their homeland? I can understand Mexico’s actions. They have struggled with too many immigrants. Much better for them to pass them on & up to us, make it our problem. Our only solution is to completely seal the border, including Canada should it prove necessary. Immigrants must come as guests, not invaders. You wish to live in your house, keep a home for your family? Have doors that lock. Put up a fence if needed or desired. You wish to live in a nation where all men are created equal? We must guard what is ours, or we are giving it away.
(1) excerpt from “The New Colossus”
(2) The Gettysburg Address
(3) Signs by Five Man Electrical Band