A Nation of Immigrants

The US can’t change its history. The Native American population is at less than 1 percent of the country’s total. All other citizens immigrated from across the world.

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So how can the US, a nation built as a melting pot of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures, say to other humans that they cannot be a part of this land of opportunity because they’re from unfamiliar territory?

I understand that Muslims are scary to many, the aftermath of 9/11 demonized any follower of Islam as a threat to Christianity and the world as it once was. However, a person’s background does not inform all of their opinions, stereotype or not.

Immigration does take jobs from Americans, I can’t deny that. However, those jobs aren’t necessarily the ones original citizens want to do. I would be shocked if I heard a born-American say he wants to pick fruit, landscape, or freelance in construction.

These immigrants are willing to drop everything they’ve known, their entire history and way of life to make a better living. The US should accommodate as many of those people as possible.

On the humanitarian side, the immigrants from Syria are fleeing a homeland that is actively hurting its own civilians. The US has played some part in the destabilization of the Middle East, and has no clear path to make the area inhabitable, much less comfortable to be in. The price this country must pay is in immigration, allowing those in dire straits to find some solace in a country whose dream appeals to so many.

While the primaries typically intensify the most extreme elements of each party, the balance that Republicans have refused to search for is quite alarming. Donald Trump is the main adversary on this front, clearly, but Ted Cruz has been receptive to many of his most extreme proposals. Allowing the great wall of Mexico and monitoring of all Muslims ideas to build credence is deplorable, and the US perception is taking the fall for extreme, vocal reactionaries.

Inaction is one of the worst choices a person can make in almost any part of life. True Republicans made that mistake multiple times over this primary season, letting machine politician Jeb Bush hold the mantle of frontrunner far too long. Meanwhile, populists with serious name recognition overtook the nomination process, and the party with it. They cannot let Trump go on with the backing of the party, more harm on their reputation than good in victory would befall them.

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A Nation of Immigrants

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