It must be another election cycle, as we are again talking about immigration; something politicians love to bring up and kick around ever couple of years or so (and never do a goddamned thing about).
Politicians seem to love unfixable problems. For example, my whole life I have been told how I will never see social security; the system poorly planned and bankrupted (both fiscally and morally, as it's been thoroughly exposed by now as a crumbling Ponzi Scheme that gran'ma and pop-pop can't seem to part with for the good of their grandchildren because some scumbag promised it to them a hundred years ago, when we lived to fifty if we were lucky...). By politicians, talking heads , teachers, professors, my parents I was told this truth glibly... Everybody seems to know how this whole system is nothing but a ticking generational hot potato one kicked to the next, hoping they wouldn't be the ones holding the bag (and would tell me so with a mirth and giggle usually reserved for inside jokes amongst friends), and in all this time not one finger has ever dreamed of being lifted to right it.
Immigrants, refugees, illegals...
Immigration is sold as much the same sort of quagmire; an unending stream of the world's tired, hungry, and down trodden coming over that for whatever reason we are told we're unable to stop. I'm guessing it would be rude or something.
So imagine my shock when I found out that unlike what Mrs. Litwak told me in Seventh grade history, America only recently became a "nation of immigrants", when the country opened up the doors again in the 1960s. Prior to that, the boarders had been locked up tight as a nun- lest for the occasional illegal wandering across looking for a gig- since roughly the 1920s in order to allow the ocean of European immigrants that came in during the early 1900s to "Americanize" themselves.
So as it turns out, like so many of our National emergencies that threaten our very existence, this immigration issue is a self inflicted wound; not some damned pitfall yang to the glorious ying that is living in America, but an albatross we are forcing upon ourselves (which, when looked upon with a cynical eye, is obviously done for purely political AND greedy corporate purposes). And one we probably should remove from ourselves, if we have any sense of self preservation left in us...
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