Neither Here Nor There: Immigration Debate About What?
Images from Guardian, a U.K. daily newspaper.
Numbers do speak, but only through rational human beings. Ordinary and reasonable people often are misled, and lose the big picture. Our cousins across the pond still retain sharp edges to clarify inconvenient facts. If sanity and statistics are so respected, tax evasion should be more infamous than it is now, as a Guardian columnist points out. Many do not comprehend that immigration debate is a none-issue especially good for diversions from pressing issues, such as tax reforms and education crisis.
Immigrants, legal ones, have been more entrepreneurial than the native in the United States. Immigrant Inc. by Richard Herman pointed out that immigrants are 30% more likely to create business and jobs than the locals. What Americans do not understand that people who can leave their past behind are more likely to reinvent themselves and their future. Creating business is one of the few ways for the capable immigrants to do so.
As cities look for growth and suburban residents return to many downtowns, it is time to face immigration issue rationally. Immigrants are great. They are willing to take cheap jobs that most Americans distaste. They tend to congregate in places, reasonably safe, yet in need of economic revival. The best of all is that theses people work hard for themselves and others in such places, stabilizing property values. Any cities willing to transform its salvageable areas should seriously consider immigrants.
Recently, Mr. DeStefano, the former mayor of New Haven, attests to the transforming power of immigrant-friendly policies. By issuing city ID card to all residents, immigrants feel a sense of belonging to the city. By equalizing tuition, Connecticut makes itself more attractive to upward-aspiring immigrants. All facts and numbers point to one conclusion– by treating the immigrants in the U.S. well, all may benefit.
United States is formidable because we are made of a people who love not their past. This advantage is so enormous that even China, the country that cannot afford to have lenient immigration policy, envies. It is time to consider each immigration category rationally. Let sanity lead, and let numbers speak.
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