--- In CraftonReunion@yahoogroups.com
, "Art Butler" <butleraf@...> wrote:
> --- In CraftonReunion@yahoogroups.com, "Connie" <cvanasdale@> wrote:
> > A simplistic answer to a problem which is much more complex. Wish it was that simple to fix or define but it isn't.
> > <snip>
> > This is only one small point amid a sea of concerns regarding who and why our country admits people to its shores. I think we owe it to ourselves to think about it. I thank Nancy for making me stop and think.
> > Connie Marshall Van Asdale, '64
> > Grant-Valkaria, FL (we just became our own town)
> My Irish forebears crossed the Atlantic and entered the country legally because that was the only way to get here. If only a shallow river had separated Ireland from America, instead of an ocean, I believe some of them would have entered illegally.
> They managed to get in at a time when Irish Catholics weren't welcome.
> Their children and their grandchildren became Americans. I'm an American. I still have some pride in my Irish ancestry, as do many Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Polish-Americans, etc. -- but I'm an American now. This is the story of every imigrant group in our history.
> My little town in the middle of Georgia has experienced a tremendous influx of Hispanics, mostly Mexicans, in the past 20 years. Some have bought land and built houses on the land. Some are still dirt poor. I believe they have put more into our economy than they have taken out.
> Many current imigrants enter illegally. I don't like that, but I don't think it's good for us to turn ourselves inside-out about it. As Connie said, this is a complex problem. As President Bush has said, it calls for a comprehensive response. I hope we Americans can be patient and work our way through it.
> Art Butler, '58
> Fort Valley, Georgia
I have no real problem with Immigration in general. But, as Connie and Art have both said, it is a very complex problem. I have lived here in Germany for the past 36 years and, believe me, immigration both legal and illegal, is a tremendous problem that is slowly tearing this country apart.
We Americans are generally known for our fairness, and we want to be fair about who we let in and who we do not let in. But how do you know the "good guys" from the "bad guys"? I have never heard of a Mexican terrorist in the USA (and that is not to say that there are none), but we all know that there are plenty of others. And terrorism is not the only concern associatd with immigration. Where do we draw the line?
I am afraid that this issue is going to turn out to be one of the most difficult ones with which this great nation has ever been confronted. I certainly wish that I had something meaningful to contribute toward a positive solution.
John Shoup, '58