“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!”
Okay—I am weighing in the immigration challenge America is now facing from President Trump. Whenever I hear or read that “Immigrants built America,” or “Love Trumps Hate,” or such things to show that President Trump is mean-spirited or hate immigrants because he is trying to slow down immigration to America, I understand many of those protesting don’t understand history. The dream of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island welcoming ALL immigrants is now passé due to the age of aggressive terrorism. America has had “sleeper spies,” and others using the weak immigration laws to come and live in America and gradually undermine the real freedoms for those who want the best for America, and willing to do the hard work to make America better. Those who REALLY know history understand that America is NOT Heaven! Thus, our Founding Fathers has given us lofty ideals that only work for those willing to do the hard work of bringing such ideals into reality without constantly complaining about our weak humanity and/or the faults that past and present American leaders have that are clearly seen because they and their policies are so much in the eye of critical others doing very little to make life better for all, especially for the suffering native-born Americans.
American jobs for native-born Americans have been in trouble ever since the 1940s, when little by little, gains for African Americans have been eroded whenever laws were made to help them were gradually covered up by new laws and court rulings that water down the opportunities for African Americans. For example, take the history of Civil Rights. Initially, those laws were made to strike down the evil and negative laws made to keep African Americans “in their place.” When you look at the numbers of immigrants who have come to American shores and have found success, often based on Civil Rights’ laws, you see the numbers of the masses of working African Americans declining. In fact, some of the first drafts of the 1960 Civil Rights laws had Negroes crossed out, and “minority” added. Dr. King and others were “encouraged” to make changes that would help ALL people, including poor white people, and NOT just for African Americans, aka “Negroes.”
After the terrible earthquake in Oakland, California some years ago, people, including unemployed and underemployed African American men risked their lives to rescue people. Some of those were promised employment; many companies got involved and promised to hire “minorities,” but when I checked, almost of those “minorities” were newer immigrants, and NOT one African American was hired. However, if you looked at skin color, you could assume that those with darker skin WERE African American. But when I got some of them to talk to me, I discovered they WERE NOT African Americans (descendants from African and African American slaves created in America to make America great!). When I asked one of the supervisors why they had not hired African Americans, he told me that he didn’t have to do because he HAD HIRED “minorities”!
When an acquaintance told me that African Americans were fighting a losing battle in trying to get the government to make things right for them by making employers hire African Americans, I was taken aback. Then he showed me his federal records of how many “minorities” were hired every quarter. When I saw a lot of Hispanic names and nodded by head, he said, “Do you think those Hispanics are REAL Hispanics?” I nodded my head and he laughed! He then explained that most of those were really Anglo Americans who either was married to an Hispanic, or somewhere in their history they may have had an Hispanic great-grandfather, but that they were really more Anglo American than Hispanic with blonde hair and blue eyes, but used their connection to Hispanics which helped him and others from having to hire African Americans! Another employer told me that for almost every law passed by Congress to help African Americans, Anglo Americans could bring law suits and/or write new laws to either excuse them from having to hire African Americans, or find ways to not be forced to hire African Americans! This was proven when the government tried to force contractors to give more contracts to African Americans. However, many Anglo American businesses suddenly sprung up and often wound up with more contracts which kept dollars within the Anglo American communities. When African American men complained, they were told that women were ALSO minorities based on recent changes in laws that had been written to help African Americans. Some women companies were actually companies owned by their husbands who become a minor partner and put their wives in as presidents and CEOs. Others trained women and gave them resources so that they could “legally” outbid African American companies run by African American men!
From the 1960s to the present, many of us see the constant immigration of millions of immigrants as just another racist ploy to make sure that the masses of African Americans, especially men, NEVER get the opportunity to hope to achieve their part of the American Dream. When one compares the millions of immigrants allowed in America to the millions of lost jobs for African Americans to the increase of crime by African American men to the rise of unwed African American girls and women, there is quite a correlation. Some African Americans discuss such problems around others who look like them, but are often silent about their thoughts on immigration unless they are in the Democratic Party. As more immigrants, legal and illegal, come to America, the numbers of registered voters rise in the Democratic Party. And, such immigrants don’t even have to prove that they have the right to vote! For those “successful” African Americans, they tend to be very quiet when others are discussing the immigration issues for fear that what they really think may be used to hinder their progress, so they “go along to get along.”
Millions of African Americans are quietly smoldering under the burden of subtle racism, high unemployment, inability to move up to better-paying jobs, constantly being overlooked for better because they have not profited from open doors have been closed for eons that are now open. Millions of African Americans are fighting the shadows of racism while the descendants of those who has caused our lingering sin of racism don’t have a clue as to why the masses of African Americans can’t be successful like the “wonderful immigrants who come here with nothing, but through hard work achieve the American Dream without crying about low wages or facing some sort of discrimination!” Most Anglo Americans know more about the history of the Jews, or the Russians, or the Japanese, or about the French Revolution, or about almost every other ethnic group coming to America from foreign soil than they do about the African Americans who were created here and live right in their community. Of course, if too many African Americans move into Anglo American communities, or get laws passed to get into predominately prestigious Anglo American neighborhoods and schools, Anglo Americans just move away and start a new suburb with higher real estate costs with better schools, parks, and family amenities rather than having to deal with learning how African Americans fare. So, the smoldering of anger of millions of the masses of African Americans continues without most Anglo Americans and other ethnic groups understand that the powder keg of anger is growing. Such growth will hurt all Americans when someone, some circumstance, some issue, or some explosive leader drops the match that will light such a powder keg—one that was built upon ignorance, inability to understand, fear, frustration, and/or greed.
When I see signs that say “Immigrants Built America,” I think about how such immigrants built America. First, a lot of what was handed to immigrants to build America was stolen, plainly taken, or cheated from the owners of all of the resources in America—the Native Peoples! Of course, some politicians, preachers, organizations, and thoughtful business people used their resources to try to make up from what the Native Peoples have lost. These kind-hearted people endeavored to give Native People a good “white man’s education. Or, give them better treaties to replace the over 4,000 treaties earlier immigrants broke with the Native People. Or, some Americans helped some “reasonable” Native People have a share of money made from casinos or tobacco sales, while the masses of Native People suffered from health issues, mental challenges, poverty, despair, and a broken spirit.
When I see signs that say “Immigrants Built America,” I think about the billions created by African slaves and African American slaves, and low-paid African Americans who created the early wealth of early immigrants who passed on their wealth to their heirs and to later-arriving immigrants. Or, later arriving immigrants were helped by earlier immigrants and others who sponsored them, trained them for business, and helped them create wealth by helping them open businesses where the children of later arriving immigrants could attend school, go to college, learn American economics, help their immigrant parents and grandparents run a family-owned business while at the same time, such children could create more wealth by obtaining higher-paying jobs in engineering, technology, business, or become corporate executives and help bring to America their family immigrants who want to come to America, while native-born people continued to struggle to figure out how to survive a little better. Millions of native-born Americans are STILL trying to figure out how to survive while millions of immigrants have gotten help to learn how to strive even more so that they could send billions of American-made dollars to their home countries, and/or pay to bring in family immigrants and their friends.
I shudder to think what will happen to the millions of disenfranchised native-born Americans who may never achieve a small piece of the American Piece of Pie of wealth. At the same time, they are watching thousands of other well-to-do native-born Americans, with hundreds of immigrants march against some Americans (not just President Trump!) supporting better immigration laws, stop immigration from certain Muslim countries, or even build a wall between America and Mexico. Those marching share their signs and do their chants going against President Trump and others who are holding up on so many immigrants coming to America until America can figure out how to do better for the native-born Americans who watch recent (since the 1960s to date) immigrants continue to do well, clamoring, demanding, and appealing for those making newer (and stiffer) American immigration policies to go easy on immigration as they don’t plan to pay the higher taxes for the cost of supporting perhaps millions of immigrants who will be putting an added burden on our schools, on our social services, and adding to the unemployment of native-born Americans. However, many immigrants DO pay taxes, spend some of their dollars locally, and try to be good American citizens. Some have served, and are even now serving, in the military. Others are serving in government and run corporations that employ millions.
So, what is the answer to reasonable immigration flow into America? Become educated on just how much more America can afford to take with more immigrants coming to America while being unable even to balance the federal deficit; without being able to see that every able-bodied native-born person (legal and otherwise) have the education, training, and resources to support their families in a fashion whereby their children will believe that through hard work and perseverance that they, too, can enjoy a portion of the American Dream that millions of immigrants suffer through just to get to America and become successful. Will President Trump’s hard stand on immigration solve all of the problems in America? Probably not. Will such policies help weed out sleeper spy terrorists riding on America’s weak immigration laws? Maybe. Will a hard line against new immigrants from certain Muslim countries for a short time get the support of enough Americans make Muslims here and abroad understand the rationale? Just look at the negative response here and around the world. Will a $25 million (or $25 billion!) wall built with deep sensors, wall depth, lights, cameras, surrounded by sophisticated barriers, and hundreds of new border guards severely stop the flow of illegal drugs and illegal immigrants solve all of our problems by not having such a wall work? Only time will tell!