Letter: Tired of immigrant guilt trip

When did America become the country of last resort?

 

I am growing tired of hearing the chattering class tell me that America must allow this illegal immigrant or that illegal immigrant because there are gangs in their home country, or they had an earthquake, or they need to send money back to their own countries, or they live under communism.

I am tired of hearing America is a nation of immigrants, therefore, we must continue to allow immigrants of all stripes from anywhere.

I am tired of Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty – “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free … Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,” being used to try to make me feel guilty.

If you want your fill of it, tune in to National Public Radio any day of the week and you will hear it. The host will interview an immigrant, relate some sad story about where they came from, and then ask the immigrant to tell the American people what they want.

Let’s review the history.

America wasn’t founded by those who were tired or poor or huddled masses. About the only thing Ms. Lazarus got right is they did yearn to breathe free. After the first winter in North America, over half of settlers died (nature and Indians culled out the weak and the homeless). Does that sound like the tired and poor and homeless made it?

America was founded on slavery too. Anyone advocating that as a way forward? America was founded on the harsh treatment of Native Americans; anyone advocating that as a way forward? Australia was founded by British exiled prisoners; anyone there advocating that for their future? America was founded by farmers; does that mean we should be wedded to farming as the way forward?

Immigration served its purpose, we need to move on.

America became what it is today because people stood their ground and refused to be intimidated by their British overlords. My answer to NPR and its guests: Go back to your own country and make it even better than America.

I am also tired of NPR hosts who conduct their interviews in English, then sign off in Spanish or in a Hispanic accent, as a subtle reminder of the immigration issue.

So in keeping with that style of subtlety, I wish you “top o’ the mornin’” – sure ‘n am tellin’ ya, Erin Go Bragh! This is Sean O’Donoghue. G’day mate.

Steve Donohue

North Augusta, SC

 

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