“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-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
It's on the Statue of Liberty and it's something that resonated for a lot of immigrants entering our country to contribute to the melting pot/salad bowl that is America. I don't think it's conditional on whether or not we share the same skin color or political philosophy. It doesn't matter what creed or lack of one a group of potential immigrants has. I think it's a beautiful symbol that we should all aspire to but have fallen short of as of late mostly due to ignorance and the fear that it breeds.
EIther we start living up to those standards or we tear it the fuck down and stop pretending that we are more morally upstanding than we really are. Hypocricy is an ugly thing regardless of what the subject is.
What are your opinions?
Most Helpful Girl
well here in japan where the population of foreigners (including koreans born in japan) is less than 3%, the people including young people in their teens and 20s are against immigration because as prime minister abe stated, it's harmful to our people and our first interest is to protect our people and culture. immigration leads to rising levels of crime especially terror. we don't want immigration.
aboriginals lived in japan before they got overtaken by hordes of people from what is now the korean peninsula and mainland china.
this goto excuse is overused but yes, if you strongly insist on keeping immigrants out for centuries, you will not be accustomed to foreigners which breeds xenophobia. of course countries like sweden and germany were not accustomed to the vastly different cultures of the millions of people who they let in either. they didn't get used to them until they were there living together. obviously.
western countries do not believe that they have people or cultures to protect.3
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Most Helpful Guy
Like all modern societies, the United States has immigration laws.
Having immigration laws does not betray that quote in my opinion, however I'll be the first to tell you that the way immigration is handled by the US is beyond stupid. We treat those who enter the country illegally better than we treat those who play by the rules, that's wrong on so many levels.
Our immigration laws need to he completely revamped, becoming a legal citizen of the United States should not take as long as it does and the process itself needs to be streamlined, I strongly support well-written legislation that would do this.
Those who have lived here illegally should be given the opportunity to do things the right way, however they should have to get at the back of the line just like everybody else. They should have to pay any income taxes they SHOULD have paid during any work they performed while here illegally plus reasonable penalties for breaking the law. They should also have to learn English and pass a citizenship test.
Doing these things does not betray that quote, but we have to face reality which includes a rapidly rising domestic population which is already outpacing our resources among other issues.1