Ok, they fled Syrian because of persecution, they ran because their lives were threatened. The daily News shows pictures of teaming masses begging for help and pleading shelter. Every sex, every age, every size was hungry and desperate. And now, all the pundits are saying, ‘Not in my backyard!’ Now, wait a minute!
First of all, this beloved United States of mine (and yours) was founded on the idea of religious freedom (‘member those Pilgrims?), and a democratic government (Take That King George!). Based on that, I happen to think it would be ok if we didn’t slam our door shut.
Alright, I know, it costs money, effort and time but how many of you are Irish? Italian? Cuban? Ellis Island handled things with an X-Ray (base on that whole TB epidemic, etc.) and some paperwork. Florida, no idea how they handled it but things seem to have worked ok. The point is, given the chase to make your own success, to raise your children without fear of war, to conduct your life as you see fit within the parameters of Society, couldn’t we at least try?
This Melting Pot of ours is based on Emigration. My family hit the shores on New Jersey before it even was New Jersey (1700) and everyone I know is the child of an emigrant (as side from my Native America buddies…). What has changed? On the other hand, there is something else to consider too.
Fran (short for Frances) Townsend was on Face the Nation this morning and put forth an idea which made a lot of sense to me. Paraphrased, she said, the longer the refugees are in limbo, the more likely they will be come disenchanted with the States and the more likely they’ll fall victim to the intensive marketing campaign of Al Qaeda and/or ISIS. My point is, Congress, CUT IT OUT.
Let them come (another discussion on how is one I haven’t thought about yet) and go through the same process the rest do. Welcome them here and tell them ‘we understand.’ Remind them that we are all ONE nation and collaboration is the key to our success and let them give the US a try.
Am I wrong to think it won’t work?
I know most of my posts are about cooking (will post a few recipes really soon) but I can’t help but state my opinion on the current crisis. First of all, I married an emigrant.
The process was arduous but not hard. It cost money but not a huge sum. There was some bureaucracy to be dealt with but nothing surprising. Oh, and that test? Think 7th grade Social Studies, and no, you don’t have to memorize the Capital of North Dakota (Bismark for all you East Coasters…). It took my husband 6 years, while holding down a steady job, and a couple of trips to various agencies but he did it. Sound impossible?
Because I went through the process with him, I have given a lot of thought to the idea of solving a slightly different problem. Most of what I’ve heard about farm laborers is that they don’t speak English or they didn’t register. What if the farmers took 10% of their profits and each working gave 10% of their wages to a fund that would pay for their citizenship application? Beside that, loop in the Churches and communities to help them learn passable English. That’s been done with several other communities and does require some effort but the most that is needed is the desire to help. Big Deal? You bet!
Instead of pointing fingers and pontificating on the evils of Board Patrol, why don’t we try and solve the problem by providing answers? Is it really too much for people to volunteer some time? Is it really too much for those beastly, nasty, greedy Financial Institutions to set up savings accounts FREE OF CHARGE? Do we need to get a bunch of White, Anglo-Saxon Capitalists to put their heads together and get this going?
Sure, this sounds complicated but if we all gave some effort, we might just solve the problem.