Since this country was formed, immigration has been a big part of its development. Everyone came here to make a better life of themselves and their families. Big dreams came on clipper ships filled with hundreds of thousands of people. Thousands died on their way to a better life.
I never had to deal with immigration when I was in the Heart of America. The only thing we wanted to do is party, jump off bridges and passout. The closest we got to immigration is when we were talking about St. Augustine, FL, “The Oldest City in the US” and the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
Let me tell you about the “Oldest City in the US”.
St. Augustine was founded forty-two years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts – making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent. (Oldcity.com)
On August 28, 1556, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed on the coast of Florida. Eleven days later, he and his 600 soldiers and settlers came ashore at the site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy.
What kind of name is Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles? Is it English? Is it French? Is it Russian? Is it German? Is it African? Is it Arab? Is it Chinese? Is it Japanese? Is it Italian? Is it Indian? NO! It is a Spanish name, from Spain, before the English.
Take a look at the Pilgrims for a minute.
Who were the Pilgrims?
The Pilgrims began as a religious group who felt that the only way to practice their religion was to separate from the Church of England. These "Separatists" centered around Scrooby, a village in Nottinghamshire in the English Midlands. In 1607-08, the congregation moved to Amsterdam and in 1609 to the city of Leiden in the more religiously tolerant Netherlands. The community began to move to America in 1620. (Pilgrim Hall Museum)
They came here because the only way they could practice their religious beliefs is to move away from the Church of England. In other words, they wanted to make their lives better. They were tired of their way of life holding them back from something more.
Well if you remember from high school, the pilgrims didn’t do very well the first year they came to this “New World”. A lot of them died, and all of them probably would have died if it wasn’t for a select group of people, the Indians.
I don’t know if this saying was said back then but it goes like this, “If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat every day.” Or something like that.
Those Indians helped the pilgrims by teaching them many things about the ground, the water and the weather. And that second year in the “New World” was wonderful. That’s how Thanksgiving was formed.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." (Statue of Liberty)
When I read this, I wonder why it’s still here. October 28, 1886 in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution, the Statue of Liberty’s symbolism has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship. When immigrants from the old world came across the ocean and seen this statue, they knew they had a better opportunity to improve their lives. Over 300 years before this statue was made, the Indians were already living by the quote.
Flor Crisostomo, said she left Iguala Guerrero, Mexico, after she was unable to find a job that would allow her to buy enough food for her two boys and one girl, ages 9 to 14. She earned about $360 a week, sending $300 to her children for food, clothes and school books, she said. To keep her own costs down, she lived with four other women in a two-bedroom Chicago apartment.
She lived on $60 a week so her children could eat and have cloths. How many people can live on $60 a week? I can’t. My rent alone is $900 a month.
"My children’s lives improve a lot as a result," she said. "It wasn’t luxury. But it meant they could survive."
She paid “a smuggler to drive her across the U.S. border in 2000, spurned a deportation order Monday and moved into Adalberto United Methodist Church. Crisostomo hopes her actions send a message similar to Elvira Arellano, inset, who became a beacon of hope for millions of illegal immigrants and a lightning rod for those who saw her brazen refusal to leave the U.S. as proof of lax enforcement. “ (source ABC News)
Immigration authorities raided more than 40 IFCO sites in the U.S. in 2006 and arrested Crisostomo, along with more than 1,100 other people were arrested by immigration. The Board of Immigration Appeals last year denied Crisostomo’s appeal and told her to leave the United States by Monday Feb. 4, 2008.
After months of preparation, Prince William County police yesterday implemented a plan to curb illegal immigration in the county. The police department crackdown on illegal immigration was mandated by the Prince William Board of Supervisors last year. Although some activists and residents remain concerned about the possibility of racial profiling against Hispanics, Police Chief Charlie T. Deane said yesterday that officers have been thoroughly trained to build probable cause based on facts, not just race or ethnicity.
"Supporters of the anti-illegal immigration measure adopted in Prince William County last week have argued that its most important purpose is to send a powerful signal to the county’s mostly Latino illegal immigrants that they are no longer welcome. It appears the message has already been received: Terrified that new policies will lead to mass deportations, illegal immigrants and the many legal immigrant relatives and friends who live with them have been moving out of Prince William ever since July, when county supervisors first approved the plan’s outline.
I live around Prince William County. Most of the people there just want to be left alone. I know a lot of illegals that pay taxes with a Federal Tax ID Number. They live their lives just like anyone else. They follow the laws. They have drivers license. They work 2 or more jobs. They have children.
Some of them have been here more than 10 years and never had any problems until now.
I really don’t understand!? When you go to McDonald’s and order a large #3 and a Coke, who is waiting at the pickup window, giving you a big smile? Who is that guy cleaning out your gutters or mowing your lawn? Who is cleaning the bathrooms at three different grocery stores?
“yall crazy im an immigrant the problem is the immigrants are workers not terrorist so the president is the one who made the immigration……”
“If it was you living in horrible conditions you too would try anything to come to the United States to get a little freedom! Think about if you were them! “
One last question. Mr. Business man, what are you going to do when you’re looking for a nice fat hamburger? Are you going to make it yourself? Probably not. I think you will get mad. Are you going to uproot that tree that has been in your front yard, dead for a year? I doubt it.
I think George W Bush is trying to get rid of everyone that is not like him. He has money. He owns a huge ranch. He has traveled the world.
Allegations of substance abuse have arisen during the political career of George W. Bush leading to controversy. Bush has admitted to abusing alcohol until he was age 40. (source Wikipedia)
Secret Service and intelligence officials are reportedly concerned about public safety while Mr. Bush has access to nuclear weapons without being subject to random drug testing to determine how the addictions are affecting his ability to govern.
If this doesn’t say something to you then you can see my Google search – bush alcoholic – right here.
Before you start following the Programmers think on your own. Do you think like this because other people tell you to think it?