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October is Hispanic History Month. As the City of Farmers Branch is especially interested in Hispanics, I thought I would do a little research on immigration and share my findings: especially after reading the following in “Timmy Twitters”:

I’m at my law office working away. The Swine Flu disaster – yet another reason to control illegal immigration. How about those Mavs!10:27 AM Apr 28th from web

 WhiteHeard that terrorist suspect who apparently wanted to blow up downtown Dallas was illegally in the country.10:27 AM Sep 25th from web

I also recall reading how illegal immigrants don’t make much money, cause crime, overcrowding, destroy our schools, etc. etc. etc. This is all recorded in various links, and I am too lazy right now to find, copy, and paste them here. But I know you all have heard all of this time and time again, so you will believe me. 

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These statements are so silly – and come from a Lawyer!!, and a Rotarian!!, and a good Christian!! We need to address them, but not right now – I have something else on my mind today.

Now – I’m going to come right out and say that I am worried about illegal immigration. It scares me that people are in our country who are undocumented and we don’t know how many, and what they are doing. I’m sure it worries them too because they have to hide all the time and live “under the radar”. But I wasn’t sure how many Americans felt the same way, so I did some research.

Oh My – I came up with some very interesting facts. Read the following, and tell me if any of this sounds familiar. I replaced the actual ethnic word with (Immigrants) so as not to bias your reading:

Ill will toward (Immigrants) because of their poor living conditions, and their willingness to work for low wages was often exacerbated by religious conflict.
Anti-immigrant sentiments produced groups which fought foreign influences and promoted “traditional American ideals.”
(Immigrants) were not wanted in America. Ads for employment often were followed by “NO (Immigrants) NEED APPLY.” They were forced to live in cellars and shacks, partly because of poverty but also because they were considered bad for the neighborhood…they were unfamiliar with plumbing and running water. These living conditions bred sickness and early death. It was estimated that 80% of all infants born to (Immigrants) died. Their talk and dress provoked ridicule; their poverty and illiteracy provoked scorn.
The major political venue claimed “The (Immigrants) fill our prisons, our welfare roles …Scratch a convict or a pauper, and the chances are that you tickle the skin of an (Immigrant). Putting them on a boat and sending them home would end crime in this country.”
Actually the (Immigrants) arrived at a time of need for America. The country was growing and it needed men to do the heavy work. It was hard, dangerous work. (Immigrants) often entered the workforce at the bottom of the occupational ladder and took on the menial and dangerous jobs that were often avoided by other workers. Many (Immigrant) women became servants or domestic workers, while many (Immigrant) men labored in coal mines and built railroads and canals. Railroad construction was so dangerous that it was said, “[there was] an (Immigrant) buried under every tie.” Desperation drove them to these jobs.
The (Immigrants) often suffered blatant or subtle job discrimination. Furthermore, some businesses took advantage of (Immigrants’) willingness to work at unskilled jobs for low pay. Employers were known to replace (or threaten to replace) uncooperative workers and those demanding higher wages with (Immigrants) laborers.
A prominent restaurant owner was asked why all the workers in his establishment were (Immigrants). He replied, “The thing is very simple: the (Immigrants) are industrious, willing, cheerful, and honest–they work hard, and they are very strictly moral. I should say that is quite reason enough.”
The (Immigrants) left a rural lifestyle in a nation lacking modern industry. Many (Immigrants) found themselves unprepared for the industrialized, urban centers in the United States. Though many (Immigrants) were not the poorest people in their native country, by American standards they were destitute.
 
The (Immigrants) established patterns that newcomers to the United States continue to follow today. Housing choices, occupations entered, financial support to families remaining in the homeland, and chain immigrations which brought additional relatives to America, are some of these patterns
(Immigrants) often crowded into subdivided homes that were intended for single families, living in tiny, cramped spaces. Cellars, attics and make-do spaces in alleys became home. Not only were many (Immigrants)  unable to afford better housing, but the huts in which many had lived in their native country  had lowered their expectations.
A lack of adequate sewage and running water in these places made cleanliness next to impossible. Disease of all kinds (including cholera, typhus, tuberculosis, and mental illness) resulted from these miserable living conditions. Thus, when the (Immigrant) families moved into neighborhoods, other families often moved out fearing the real or imagined dangers of disease, fire hazards, unsanitary conditions and the social problems of violence, alcoholism and crime.

 

 

Oh – we need to get rid of those nasty people.  All that vitriole against these people, and they are – legal – immigrants. They DO cause crime, unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, stupidity, and besides that they are all drunks and wife-beaters. Oh dear – Tim is right – look what happened to America when we let those people in. We need to make darned sure we don’t repeat the same mistake again.

 

Wait – all these statements were made about  

IRISH  immigrants

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Check it out in sites such as http. library.thinkquest.org and www.kinsella,org/history or just Google “Irish Immigrants”.

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Now what do we do?

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