My controversial topic post for this week is going to be about immigration. In America, the majority of us were descended from immigrants. Half of my great-grandparents immigrated from Sicily and the other half immigrated from Germany. Therefore, I have nothing against immigrants. I think it’s honorable to sacrifice your existing life in order to make a huge change and come to a totally different country, learn the language and customs, and build a new life for yourself and your progeny.
But there are right ways and wrong ways to come into a new country. If you’re going to sneak across the border and take advantage of everything the country has to offer while giving nothing in return, that’s wrong. If you legally immigrate, take the citizenship tests, learn the native language, and allow yourself to be checked for disease before you enter, that’s another thing. That’s the right way.
It’s not always as cut-and-dried as all that. I believe that the government needs to have a stronger hand in defending this country against undesirables who want to come in: those who will bring disease or weapons, and those who do not plan on working or following the laws of the country they’ve settled in.
Immigration can make a country’s population much stronger, if it is handled correctly. When immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada, China, Japan, etc. came into the United States in the 1800s and 1900s, they learned to get along. They kept all their cultural traditions, while also learning the language and customs of the United States. Like the immigrants of today, all they wanted was a better life for their families. Yes, it’s hard to obtain a better life. It’s incredibly hard to have to go through all that’s required to become a citizen. But is it worth it? I would say so. It may be idealistic of me, but I still believe that the American Dream is possible for everyone – if they come into America the right way and respect it.