Please find a more positive voice when you are dealing with the passage of the Dream ACT as words, thoughts, and emotions are energy that seeps into our society and the world at large. You need to educate the citizens of our country, along with members of congress, to the facts on this issue:
1. Remind everyone that the vast majority of our country’s current population’s ancestors came around the globe.
2. The Hispanic immigrant’s ancestors were here long before Europeans.
3. That all immigrants pay taxes in one form or another whether here legally or not. They pay taxes when they buy food, cars, gas, homes, etc. And from my experience, most of the ones here illegally even paid Federal taxes by use of phony SSN’s. That money goes into our treasury but they don’t get any benefits from it.
4. They are consumers!
5. They are needed because our population is aging rapidly while birth rates are dropping even faster. We need these people to keep the social programs such SSI solvent.
6. They come here because they can find work that Americans won’t do.
7. Remind people that immigrant’s serve in our military, fight, and die for our country.
8. Open the door WIDE for the H1B visa system to make it easier for the talented engineers and doctors to get citizenship more quickly. They emigrate from our country to others that are more welcoming of their talents.
9. We owe Mexico a BIG apology for the mess at our shared borders. America is the biggest arms dealer on our planet and we make them readily available to anyone with cash. Additionally, the drug issue is our problem because funding for addiction treatment is minimal at best and non-existent in rural communities where meth addiction is very high. Legalize pot then let law enforce focus on meth, crack, heroin, etc. Following up on these actions would calm things down considerably at the Mexican border.
Please remind people that America is a very young nation in comparison to many on this planet. America is a nation of immigrants that wouldn’t exist and be what it is today without these brave adventurers. All cultures bring with them new and different ways to look at life and therefore bring new insight and hope into how our nation could evolve for the better.
I’ll end my letter with a line from one of my favorite songs – “if everybody looked the same we’d get tired of looking at each other”.