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Thursday, July 20, 2017


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." This phrase is taken from the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. A document that served as a notice to the monarchy of England that this melting pot of individuals in America were open to change. A change built upon the idea that all men have a right to chase their dreams. 

Fast forward to now and I believe that our world has forgotten that it is the collective we that triumphs over the individual. By we, I mean the people. Not one group of people, but everyone. Black, White, American, English, Mexican, Korean, you name it! It is our duty to share ideas and cultures so that true harmony might take place in our world.

Therefore, I believe that immigration should a topic of togetherness and not source of discontent. Where would the world be if Albert Einstein had not immigrated to the United States? What would the French entertainment scene look like without the arrival of Josephine Baker? More importantly, what would "The Wire" be without Idris Elba? 

Immigration fills the void of complacency in our individual cultures. We live in a world that was meant to be shared. A world that is shared is a world that thrives, a world that survives. Those who stand against immigration stand against progress and evolution. 


  1. Preach, Chap! The spirits of Darwin and Lincoln are with you (I've been reading "Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life")... and James Taylor ("there are ties between us, all men and women living on this earth...")

  2. Your essay on immigration with excerpts from the Declaration of Independence is right on. I love it! Truer words were never spoken, in my opinion. Immigration has been the backbone of the growth, progress and evolution of our country.
    The idea that there are lots of people against immigration is a red herring, however. Opponents of legalized immigration love to conflate the two and say that opposition to illegal immigration is tantamount to opposing legal immigration. They are not the same.

    I, personally, know of no one that is opposed to immigration. The United States takes more than a million immigrants each year. This one million figure does not count H1-B temporary workers, tourist visas or illegal immigrates. The one million immigrants are permanent residents only. No one in the world accepts more immigrants than the United States. That includes Canada, Australia and New Zealand who only take about 500,000 immigrants per year combined. As a matter of fact, most countries don’t want immigrants at all (their loss).
    I do, however, know lots of people that are opposed to illegal immigration. I am one of those and will continue to be so as long as we have laws governing immigration. There are those who want no limits or regulations on immigration (globalists). I am ok with that too, if and only if, open borders with no vetting becomes the law of the land. In other words, we cannot pick and choose the laws we want to inforce. If that were the case, none of us would pay federal income taxes. If open borders and uncontrolled immigration is best, then let’s change the laws to reflect that, and try that experiment. However, history seems to say it wouldn’t work so well. Unbridled immigration proved to be extremely detrimental for the Amerindians; I doubt it would work all that great for us either.

  3. If you're the child of illegal immigrants, brought to this country in infancy and having lived the entirety of your life here, should you be considered illegal? I say no. If immigration laws say yes, I say it's time to reform immigration law to better reflect the real lives of real Americans. Let's figure out what's right in human terms, and not use legal formalism as a pretext for punishing the children of people who came to this country for the same reason our legal forebears did, to improve their lives and give their children an advantage they didn't have.

  4. Anonymous5:06 PM CDT

    Although I am not a fan on the US's immigration's policies and regulations, I believe that these laws and policies were put into play for a reason if not they would not be necessary. As for an illegal immigrant whose parents brought them here as a child illegally, I don't believe that based on just that one particular reason would be enough reason for the government to deny a legal immigration status latter in life. I do sympathize but there is a long list of legal immigrants who are well off enough that they wouldn't be likely to become a recipient of tax paying citizens and prospective immigrants tax dollars. What issue I do think that should be addressed is teaching these illegal immigrants how to obtain language education, where and how to obtain proper and legal documentation. It is a felony just to be an illegal immigrant in the US but it is very rarely enforced. Some of the illegal immigrants that are already here working illegally should be applying for tax id's and paying taxes on there salaries until they are scheduled to return to their country of docile.
    I have posted a link for immigration laws in Mexico.

    Joshua Ledford

    1. I checked out you link, Joshua. That's pretty strict immigration laws. Canada laws are very similar. Anyone immigrating to Canada, even refugees, must have a sponsor that will provide food, shelter, clothing for as long as needed to the immigrant. Sponsorship has to be established before the immigrant/refugee can enter.