Guest Writer By Susan Monday, Delaware 105.9 and 1150AM and 101.7FM WDEL
Everybody’s been talking about immigration in recent days. Many Americans did not like seeing children separated from their parents, but most acknowledge that something must be done to control what is happening at the U. S. border. It’s a complicated issue, one that past Presidents have tried to tackle with little to no success. Here is just a sampling of texts to “The Susan Monday Show.”
– “Coming to American is a privilege not a right, and this privilege should not be abused.” (G from Bethany)
– “Trump’s big plan is to get funding for his version of the Berlin Wall. Why aren’t his followers insisting that their tax dollars not be used for this?” (TDM)
– “Vietnam vets are living in the woods. Where are the bleeding hearts for them? We should not be allowing anybody in our country until we have no more homeless.” (C from New Castle)
– “I wish people would educate themselves and not be manipulated by the media.” (T from Lewes)
– “Any parent that could save their child from absolute poverty or death can’t call themselves a parents if they wouldn’t send their child here! Another case of spoiled Americans not being able to relate.” (G from Lewes)
I don’t pretend to know what the solution is, but I know what happened when my grandfathers came over to this country. John Moran came from Ireland and had to have a “sponsor,” which, in his case, was his already-employed sister. He had a place to live and to work. Joh Monday came from Hungary and ended up serving in the U.S Army during World War I.
What’s wrong with having those same expectations of today’s immigrants? I’m not interested in giving anyone a free “Get in Free” card.
And neither are many immigrants who came into this country legally. They are often the hardest on immigrants who cross the border illegally. Take, for instance, a caller to “The Susan Monday Show” who emigrated to the United States from Jordan. When asked by an immigration official whether he had a job and place to live, he had to tell him “no.” His application was rejected. Did he become bitter and decide to come into this country illegally? No. Listen to the caller explain his immigration journey.
Look, I get it, everyone one wants to come to the “Land of Opportunity,” but if it’s such a desirable place to live, then doesn’t the U.S. has the right to be selective? That leads me the idea of merit-based immigration.
Think about this: is it wrong to want people to come here who bring with them needed skills?