Monday, August 23, 2010

Immigration -- The New Colossus

I have been pretty wrapped up in the immigration debate. Unfortunately, the tone from fellow Utahn's continues to disappoint. So I have decided to end my commentary on this issue with a poem:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus, 1883

My ancestors are all immigrants. They all came here seeking a better life for themselves and their posterity. Most of them came with the benefit of ZERO exclusionary immigration law -- they boarded a ship, sailed across the sea, and disembarked from that vessel. My grandmother was sponsored, met an American and attained permanent status when she got married in what some today may call an "anchor marriage".

Illegals are no different except that they have been given two bad options, one "legal" option that is financially and bureaucratically unfeasible for most people of poorer nations, and one illegal option that is as easy as the founders most likely intended.

I'm done.


Anonymous said...

I agree let everyone in that wants to come in. No restrictions unless they are criminals and/or have communicable diseases.

However, I wouldn't restrict immigration to unskilled or semi-skilled work. I'd bring in hundreds of thousands of engineers, programmers, and accountants from India and China.

Do you know how hard it is to find an accountant that will work for $7.25/hr? Americans won't do accounting work for $7.25 per hour, but we can train Indians and Chinese to do that.

Jeremy said...

Great post! I wonder why it is so hard for people to see that nearly all the societal problems blamed on illegal immigration could be solved simply by making the current immigrants legal and letting new ones come in without pointless barriers.

Anonymous said...

Taxpayers could save a lot of money if we could bring in educated, low cost labor from India to work for state and local governments. We can get educated Indians and Chinese to perform government services at the state, county, city and school district level.

Imagine how much we could reduce costs if we hired Indians to work at the DMV, county assessor, school district office and numerous other government facilities.

Anonymous said...

We could also reduce class sizes by bringing in low-cost teachers from poor countries. If we pay teachers less, we can hire more of them.

There are hundreds of thousands we could choose from. We could open up teacher academies in India where many people already speak English.

pramahaphil said...

It's snark, right?

I think I'll post on this.

First, let me see this about a 7.25 accountant. If you are only willing to pay 7.25/hour for an accountant you are either paying an accountant in India or your paying for an unqualified accountant.

pramahaphil said...

Thanks for commenting

Anonymous said...

I'm talking about bringing qualified Indian accountants to the US who would gladly work for $7.25 an hour. There's no reason why we could not train Indians to do accounting at Indian universities and then bring them over here to work for $7.25 an hour.