On the one hand people from Mexico are coming into the United States by the
tens of thousands each year. Additionally, now there are as many or more
unaccompanied children or women and children coming over the boarder having
traveled a thousand miles from their Central American countries walking,
trucked or riding trains through Mexico. Boarder states are having trouble
with resources and those resources are being sucked up by people coming into
the respective states illegally and claiming the benefits. On the other hand
with the Mexican government apparently not able to curb their own ineptness
and/or keep their corruption in check, the infrastructure of the nation
continues to lag behind almost as a third-world economy preventing its
citizens from attaining and maintaining an acceptable standard of living.
Consequently the Mexican and Central American people are forced to travel
north to seek a living for themselves and their families just to exist.
In the United States it is not like a person in Nebraska or Iowa would have
to travel across the border to Canada or to Mexico to seek meaningful work.
If work cannot be found in their local area, they might move to another city
or state. The infrastructure for the citizens of the US is such as to
accommodate most people in finding work, or at least continue to help with
unemployment compensation when they have been laid off from work. For those
who cannot work due to illness or disability, the US government at the
federal and state levels has established any number of support systems to
help their citizens through their need. In the US it would not be a common
thought for people to immediately take flight to cross the Mexican border or
travel to Central America to seek work.
Therein lies part of the issue. The United States is seen as the pot of gold
at the end of the rainbow. It is the “land of milk and honey” for those who
are hungry; it is the “City on a hill” where the lights of plenty are
calling for those less fortunate to come and be a part of the dream. Some
would have us believe that America is hated universally; but that is not
true for those thousands, perhaps millions, who seek to migrate to America.
The majority of those folks just want to move to America and work to make a
living for their family and themselves.
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So, on the other hand, with the majority of Americans claiming to
be Christian, it is to America’s advantage to have people from
Mexico, Central America and all over the world to come to America to
see how a country founded on the Judeo-Christian principles of life
now live; and perhaps by chance hear the Gospel of Christ preached
from the pulpits of America and the lives of those claiming to be
Christian. Churches from across America send out missionaries across
the world each year to “proclaim the good news” and share the love
of God with other people groups.
This “turnaround” of other people groups wanting to come to
America by the tens of thousands will form a “double-edged” sword,
with the sword representing the Bible, we may need to send less to a
dying world to present Jesus, but let the dying world come to the
Church of America to see Jesus.
Therefore, from a Christian perspective and from a patriotic,
American citizen’s perspective, and one who believes in the
foundational principles of our nation to receive refugees from all
parts of the world with the assimilation of those people groups into
our culture to live out the freedoms and pursuit of happiness as we
all know them, I want people to come to America and become a part of
the American family.
Since the United States of America is a country built on laws and is
a sovereign nation, there are certain conditions that must be met as
any country in the world has its own conditions for immigration. The
conditions in America should be first to enter legally.
Additionally, those wishing to migrate to the United States and stay
to participate in the American Dream should be willing to Learn the
Language. Then they must study American History, accept the founding
principles on which America was built, obey the Constitution and
integrate into the culture.
In Part 2 of this article the points of these conditions will be
spelled out further.
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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