Mother of Exiles?

I am an immigrant. Sure, most of the time I don’t think of myself that way, but that is what I am. We American’s who come to live in Prague like to glam it up a bit by calling ourselves “Expats”, but we are just your run of the mill immigrants. Some of us are here legally and some of us are not. The Czech Government does not want us here and makes it very difficult for us to stay here. The laws are constantly changing and filing for a Visa takes persistence and patience. Czech’s do not like foreigners coming in and taking their jobs and changing their culture. Sound familiar? But, unlike America, the Czechs do not pass unfair laws to keep out would be immigrants. We have a very rich history of turning away people who come to America in search of a better/different life.

“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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This is what America promises and does not deliver. The Czech Republic does not claim to be a land of opportunity, and a home for the exiled. It does not claim to be a beacon for the tired and poor and homeless. America does. I find it not just ironic, but unjust and gross that America does not remember its own history and therefor cannot learn from it. “We” came to this land seeking freedom, and in doing so blatantly stole it from the people who lived there. After that, we created laws that would keep them “in their place.”

In 1882 we signed the “Chinese Exclusion Act” which was a ban on Chinese Immigration. This Act was not over turned until 1943. Even after that, in California a Chinese person could not legally marry a “white” until 1948. In 1942 Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Under the terms of the Order, some 120,000 people of Japanese descent living in the US were removed from their homes and placed in internment camps. This was justified by claiming that ALL of these people might be spies. During the war only TEN people were convicted of being spies – and they were all WHITE. Of course in the 1950’s we had “McCarthyism” and Truman’s Executive Order 9835. This was intended to root out the Commies serving in the Government, but all it managed to do was make citizens paranoid and create the House Committee on Un-American Activities – whatever THAT means.

And now, the lovely state of Arizona has passed Bill 1070 – which requires Arizona police to investigate the residency status of anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. Did you get that? REQUIRES police to investigate the residency status of ANYONE they think might be here illegally. Holy Racial Crap, Batman! President Obama called the Bill unfair, and he is not alone. This type of discrimination goes against everything America stands for.

If we continue being racially bias our nation will fail.

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2 thoughts on “Mother of Exiles?

  1. At no point has America advertised to offer ANY services for free. People want to come to America because it offers better opportunity than what most other countries have to offer. That means immigrants will have the OPPORTUNITY to WORK and CONTRIBUTE to our society in the form of paying their fair share of taxes, NOT be a drain on it. The root problems with our medicaid and other welfare sponsored programs are the vast influx of claims from illegal immigrants who have not contributed a single dime into the plans. These services were intended as a temporary stop-gap until folks can back on their feet to support themselves, but instead it has only fostered a greater dependency upon state funded programs with significant abuse by folks who have no intention of getting off welfare. If Arizona does not take drastic measures such as this, then the state will likely go bankrupt such as what happened to California not too long ago. You can not cry foul without coming up with a better solution to fix the problem.

    It’s time Americans start looking out for caring of their own, rather than going broke trying to save the world. It would be nice to save the world IF it was possible, but it’s just not in the cards. America needs to cut the dead weight and focus on giving opportunity for immigrants to contribute rather than drain the system and take advantage of it.

    I urge you to watch this interview of Obama’s aunt and see how she feels ENTITLED to be a drain on our system (see Part 1 and Part2):

    What’s sad is that “our great president” has more than enough wealth to care for his aunt, yet he chooses to let her take advantage and burden our system. She clearly has no intent on contributing anything monetary for America nor does she intend on paying our government back for the services she received.

    I fully support Arizona in trying to come up with a solution to prevent them from going bankrupt. Yeah it might hurt some feelings, but until you come up with a better solution, I have to disagree with your thoughts =(

    • Except in the link below you can find the demographics of Medicare/Medicaid enrollment in the state of California. Shocking, 50% or more are WHITE. Yeah, amazing. And to be honest, you sound like you’ve never experienced real hardship or the burden of being born into poverty. Also, Medicare/Medicaid have “trust funds” set up to back them up and you know what? They’ve been added to every year. The lie that these programs are draining rapidly is one that politicians use to scare the public into their own agendas. Immigrants DO contribute to these programs, and often without any payback to themselves. Illegal immigrants using false social security numbers pay in with every paycheck but aren’t registered and are often afraid to attempt to get any kind of services. Honestly people…. A little independent research goes a long way.

      http://www.integratedcareresourcecenter.com/pdfs/stateprofileca.pdf

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