They are still coming…
“Gridlock” in Washington is often blamed for failure of “immigration reform.” The clamor for reform sometimes comes from those demanding the benefits of citizenship without the legal process. Anyone dissatisfied with immigration policy has to realize that the U.S. really doesn’t have one. Foreigners come to America with visas (or none) and simply stay as long as they can.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service simply doesn’t have the agents to check on people overstaying their visas or crossing the border illegally. The U.S. Border Patrol is busy chasing drug smugglers and “coyotes” bringing in illegal aliens. The Canadian border is also porous, and there are crossings with an honor system (sign a book and cross). Also, the Hong Kong criminal “Triad” is reputed to bring in Chinese in cargo ships. With well over a billion inhabitants China could easily send millions more immigrants to America.
Here we go again! It doesn’t take some type of engineering degree or especially a simple Bachelor of Business Administration degree to sort out what the biggest mistake that these people in Homeland Security are making. Oh! With this ultra-protective society in which we have created and live in, we believe, has created exponential problems for itself. If found in any one or more of the positions we know of no one who would come unglued at the prospect of NOT allowing those countries to even visit the U.S.
Just a short point to be made here about the mainstream media. There is no question whatsoever that the media is granted additional rights and liberties that are not enjoyed by others — outside of that industry. Therefore just maybe someone either a publisher or editor-in-chief begins to act with unmitigated fairness. Basically the mainstream media simply reports what it wants, regardless of the basic tenets of truth, the entire story, virtue, and/or ethics.
We at The Contemplative Thinker believe that there are questions that potentially new candidates – nominees should be required to answer before their bull squat clouds the judgment and forbid — they get elected!
Also long before Columbus, the Portuguese established ports in Asia and Africa, and on the hump of South America, where a sailing ship blown off course landed. People in Appalachia called “Melungeons” (a mélange of races) claim to be descended from shipwrecked Portuguese sailors.
The Spanish “Catholic Kings” were also eager to trade with Asia and financed the Italian Colombo’s voyage. The crews of adventurers that arrived in the New World on Spanish galleons were mainly interested in “El Dorado” — a mythical city of gold. They enslaved native peoples and put them to work in mines and plantations. Unfortunately, the natives died in droves from European diseases and were replaced by African slaves. This pattern of forced migration of thousands of African laborers was duplicated in the English colonies and eventually in the states of the Old South. Along the Canadian border, French fur traders set up trading posts while Russians worked Alaska and the Northwest.
In colonial times, migrants from the British Isles and northern Europe had a different mindset. Their system of “primogeniture” meant that landed estates passed to the eldest male heir. The younger sons of farmers were left landless, but there was plenty of land in the New World if one was willing to face a long ocean voyage and potentially hostile “Indians.” As for the Native Americans, the European settlers and later the federal government pursued a policy of removal and extermination. The buffalo herds on which the nomadic peoples depended were systematically decimated, and survivors of the Indian wars were herded into “reservations” and governed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In the 19th century after the Mexican American War and the Spanish American War, the U.S. had to assimilate millions of residents of the conquered territories. Those from the Philippines, Puerto Rico and some other islands entered the country legally, and those from south of the border continued to enter the country by any means possible just as their ancestors had for hundreds of years.
Over the years, some immigrants sought religious freedom; however, thousands were recruited by factories and construction projects (like the railroads). The Irish potato famine also swelled the ranks of migrants, but discovery of gold in California in 1849 did more to bring in migrants than any other event. Two world wars in the 20th century brought in refugees (including some Nazi war criminals), and there were more refugees provoked by U.S. participation in conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Central America, Africa and the Middle East. All these immigrants have come to America with their own customs and languages and yet never assimilated.
After a brief review of the history of migration to America it isn’t that hard to understand why the “melting pot” has not fully melted. This “nation of immigrants” has not yet reached the ideal of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” as envisioned in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dan Norvell spent 10 years in educational publishing and lived abroad for more than twenty years before retiring to Kentucky, who without question contributed to this article.