To the editor:
Do we really "need" more immigrants at this time? What practical reason can justify it? It is true that allowing everyone who wants to come here that they be allowed gives some people a warm and fuzzy feeling. But there are considerations that should be investigated. The immigration of the late 1800s and mid 1900s was not a problem because there was work for everyone, the unskilled, as well as the skilled. Many jobs did not require much schooling and the abundant amount of factories working at full capacity easily absorbed the new arrivals. Cities operated well with the manual labor at hand. The streets were swept by a crew of 5 or 6 who wielded brooms and shovels and loaded the truck as it moved along the street. Today, one piece of equipment does the job of 6-7 more efficiently and quicker. The mills that once turned out textiles, shoes and wearing apparel are gone. There was a strong work ethic that today is mild at best.
On another thought, does anyone from another country have a "right" to emigrate here? Immigration should be allowed on an as needed basis not on a merely wanted desire. Who will employ these people who come here? I am not saying that they are lazy but what work will they do in light of the fact that we have such high unemployment numbers as we have? Are we to allow them entry merely to have more people to feed at the trough of government? Remember, it is the working people here who will pay for them. The government cannot give to those new arrivals without first taking away from those already here. Charity begins at home.
This can best be illustrated by the following question. If you have the money in your pocket is there anything in such short supply that you cannot buy it? What will the new arrivals do that will allow them to pay their bills? Housing and feeding and educating immense numbers of non- payers hurts us all. It provides little hope for them to succeed and it burdens those who are in the system and scraping to economically survive on their own.
We bear witness today to the chaos we experience by trying to become bilingual. Let's look at some commonalities of the being a citizen.
It is always in the best interest of the nation to have the common denominator or several common identifiers to profess what makes one belong to the nation. This belonging has several ways in which it is achieved.
One is by personal identity as a citizen of the country. This identity brings pride to the individual and provides a foundation for that person's place within the greater society of the nation. This identity is further enhanced by the citizen adopting the values of the country in the main. The citizen knows what it is "to be an American". There is a sense of belonging a "oneness".
Another "identifier" is the embracing of the common language. The language commonality is a requirement because within the language various nuances will not cause confusion, the way they might through translation. Additionally, quietly and without fanfare a bond forms between the speakers. If someone wishes to continue to live like they did in their old country why then did they come here?
So the question returns.
If we are going to have immigration reform, then let's start with a clean slate. Perhaps a period of little or no immigration will provide a time for reflection and decision making.
Joseph L. Kibitlewski, PhD.