There are a lot of of opposing arguments for immigration in the United States. Opponents say we should focus on our own people first. That immigrants are burdens on the system. That that are drains on society. That they don’t work. That they are uneducated and bound to live in poverty.
I say no.
Although it is important to focus on the American people, I think back to the words of my public relations professor: “Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves when the the trans-contental railroad was built.”
You can do more than one thing at once.
If anything, I think the United States should let in more immigrants—especially those from impoverished or violent countries. The United States can act as a sanctuary for these people and give them a safe place to grow as people and global citizens.
I also think the government should reform the system to give immigrants a clearer path to citizenship so they do become fully functional, positive members of American society. There should be incentives for these immigrants to start their own businesses, buy homes, invest in the stock market, and get an education. The children of these immigrants should also be protected and given incentives to attend four year universities.
Immigrants shouldn’t be feared. We shouldn’t built walls thousands of miles long to keep them out or put military personnel at the border. They should be welcomed and given a clear path to becoming hardworking, valuable Americans.