Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Changing America

A few weeks ago I was talking to one of the delivery drivers who come in the store and we got to talking about immigration. His children go to school in the city that is our county seat, into which there has been a large influx of immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala within the last ten years. A lot of them are illegal and most find employment in the nearby chicken farms. It seems the city is going out of their way to not only make these people feel welcome, but to cater to them by providing more assistance than is available to any longtime resident. The driver was saying that in his daughter's preschool class the children are being taught in Spanish as well as English in order to keep the immigrant children from feeling left out. He was furious that his child was being made to learn the language of foreigners to this country, instead of them having to learn ours. I can't say that I blame him.
The whole idea of people violating the law by sneaking into the country without going through the proper channels, then being treated like important guests instead of criminals is a slap in the face to people like my grandparents, who came here from another country, gained citizenship legally, and worked hard to provide for themselves without assistance from anyone in any government agency, all the while having to learn the language and customs of this country, and being thankful for the chance to do it. I'm not against immigration when the immigrants go through the legal processes to gain entry to the country, but I'm astounded at the number of people who are willing to let the illegals sneak in, then provide them with aid of all kinds while our own citizens cannot get help for themselves. The immigrants in our county seat comprise 1.33 % of the population of the city. Hardly enough to deserve changing the curriculum of the teaching classes and a black eye to our democratic principle of "majority rules".


Blogger Laura said...

I totally agree with you on this one. I believe in immigration of other nations to our country because that's the way this country was founded. But that being said, they should have to go through legal channels to do so. Otherwise, if our government helps out illegals and doesn't help out their own citizens, what does that say about our elected officials. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about things and supporting illegal immigrants is the wrong way. These people should be made to go through the proper channels just like the people who legally immigrate to our country. It's only fair.

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