One of our current political obsessions in the USA is focused on immigrants entering the country without obtaining documentation beforehand. This is not a new issue, nor has it not been addressed and enforced in the past with mixed outcomes. Attempts to curtailing these immigrant entries today are creating the exact opposite effect intended. More immigrants are now here.
Immigration in the USA has always been a mixed bag of successes and fears. A new nationality is fleeing from persecution, war, famine or just trying to have a better quality of life. What is the citizen response, typically it has always been the same. Fear. Taking our jobs. Foreign language. Foreign customs. Leaching off the government. Citizens yell, immigrants fear too; but in time everything settles and the fears subside. Until the next wave of immigrants.
The United States of American has consistently been compassionate in its responses and most typically attempt to aid the inclusion of the new immigrants. Immigration laws have changed as the country has grown, quotas being set and longer waiting periods to be nationalized. There was a time when you could be nationalized in a day. Now, it typically is 10-15 years.
Insulation is the current reaction to the fear of those fleeing their countries and hoping for a better life in the USA. In their desperation, and because they do not understand a democracy and how it works, their fear drives them to drastic behavior which is not only dangerous for them (remember the father and his child drowned in the river), it gives Americans a reason to fear.
Under the current administration which is ran by a fear and bullying politics, they have convinced Americans that only by Building a Wall can we stop this invasion. It is my opinion that by the time the wall is built, the ‘invasion’ will long be over and the money will have been spent in vain. That is why diplomacy first and drastic measures only if absolutely necessary.
During The United States of Americas history of immigration, immigrants tend to cling to each other and typically end up living in the same areas and building communities based on a mix of their culture with the added shine of Americas opportunities.
Integration is one of the most important components of our ‘melting pot’. Integration works well on an individual immigrant basis. Those that are here on student visas, work visas or have been accepted to apply for citizenship before leaving their country. These immigrants come alone and experience the immersion of American culture.
Historically there has always been lesser integration when large groups come together. Even as citizens, we push them into corners by name calling and disassociation. The exact opposite of what our Constitution desires its citizenry to be. And, likewise, from the immigrant view there is safety in numbers, so they move in numbers until they settle in a place where they can build community.
This process is repeated over and over and our current influx from Central and South America is no different than Jews, Poles, Italians, Europeans, Persians, Armenians etc.. Mexico is a part of North America as the USA and Canada. Diplomacy with Mexico has been crucial in slowing the tide, but lack the resources.
Instead of Insulation from Immigration, lets take the money from the wall and spend the billions on humanitarian efforts across the border. Instead of chaos and fear, this would aid in a steady Integration.