Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Welcome to America

This was the scene outside the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium this morning, where new citizens were being sworn in:

Normally I leave posts like this to Rob Dawg, but I was truly moved by what I saw. Some thoughts came to mind:

- Despite all the problems this country has, people are still beating a path to our door.
- People place a high value on things gained through adversity. These people overcame huge obstacles to reach this point.
- As our native population gentrifies, we'll rely on new immigrants more and more to fund social security and bail us out of our mistakes.
- Ignore or mistreat these people at your peril. We need them more than they need us.


Anonymous said...

Scenes like this truly make me proud to be an American and have faith and hope for the future. There is literally nothing better than a group of fresh immigrants being sworn is as citizens of this great nation and it shows the dream of Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Founders is still alive.

Conversely, there is nothing more disheartening and despicable as the hordes of illegal aliens that are flooding across our southern border, cheapening the dream of citizenship and making a mockery of our laws and national security. I'm sure if you asked any of these new citizens about this issue after the hardships and adversity they have had to endure to make it this far in the process, they would say the same.

Obviously, there is much work to be done to preserve the dream on both ends of the spectrum. Thanks for the great blog Max, you're one of the good guys.

Anonymous said...

darth you are absolutelly right.I spent four years and tons of money on legal procedures, not counting new business i established here just to have green card.
I'm paying for medical insurance and I'm pissed off when last time I was at ER with my kid (he broke arm) and wait three hours because of all illegals using ER like everyday medical service room. I'm sorry for my english:)

AgentBubble said...

Well stated darth...Excellent post.

Anonymous said...

I'm ambivalent about scenes like this. I think they need us more than we need them, and increasing immigration allows us to neglect structural problems in our society, like education and an adequate minimum wage. These days, immigration is controlled more by corporations than by the federal government.

Anonymous said...

In fact, I think its reasonable to go as far as to say that the corporations *are* the government. If we could deport the corporations and keep the immigrants we'd be fine.

head.attached said...

I immigrated to the States in 2005 and still don't know if I did the right thing. However I have been heartened many times by the friendship extended to me here and by the openness of the society at large. Here if you have skills you can use them: America wants them. This is the essence of hope and of progress.

I share the concern that immigration may be helping America cushion itself against the gathering storm caused by structural problems. However, being a magnet for talent will never ever be bad for this country.

Rob Dawg said...

Welcome all of you through the front door. Thanks for coming.

Anonymous said...

When people speak poorly of immigrants, I ask these people to visualize what it would be like for them to leave their homeland, for whatever reason, and move to a new country.

Imagine, speaking a new language, learning a new culture, many times foregoing the supporting benefit of lifelong friends and family.

That usually shuts them up.

Anonymous said...

Bubble sitter I'm immigrant from Europe I'm learning english can you tell it about Hispanic comunities.
It's a joke !? In 10-15years you will be forced to learn spanish thease guys dont have American tolerance,different mentality!