Our nation can be likened to a giant quilt woven into one large blanket. That is how I see it and that blanket wraps us all around. It doesn’t matter if you live in a gated community or in the busy neighborhoods of big cities or small towns across America. The impact of so many immigrant people coming into our country and cities has a profound impact to all of us.
People from all over the world come to the U.S. and after time, become American citizens. They come for many different reasons: economic, human slavery, political asylum, religious persecution and many more. Our country had been welcoming immigrants since then. This quote appears on the Statue of Liberty, and part of a poem by Emma Lazarus: “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.”
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Once immigrants (like we do!) settle, the law allows them to “petition their relatives” and soon a large number of them follows: parents, children and other relatives. During this transition, some will live with more than one family in a single home. Some who are lacking in speaking English will take whatever jobs they can get to survive.
A lot of employers capitalize on this. Their handicap in spoken and written English works against them. Some are exploited and sometimes even abused. For those with professional and educational degrees, the American workplace awaits for them in tight competition with others.
In the last Census, the U.S. is the most culturally diverse country on the face of the planet. While for some this may be a recipe for chaos, the reality it is not. It makes our country so unique that as years go by, minorities that once live on the fringes are now represented in important positions and prominence both in government, business and the public sector. These cultural diversity also adds to our strength as a nation.
Going west, one can clearly notice the changing face of the American cowboys. No more guys like John Wayne; the new cowboys are from South America. Even farming will ultimately change: already the Hmongs, the upland people of Vietnam are into mushroom, spinach and vegetable farming in Scranton. Gasoline stations are mostly owned by East Indians. Most of the landscape companies and masonry companies employ Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans and other South American people. Philippine nurses and doctors are in our hospitals. They work hard to fulfill the American dream.
In America’s inner city schools: the classroom scene is like the United Nations. We really can learn about how to live with one another through them. That’s like Community Life 101. In just a few years, these students will be going to college and for some they might probably be the first in the family to graduate in college and earn a degree.
The new immigrants also understand that they cannot become fully involved just be merely becoming American citizens and bring their families and relatives through the petition process. Participating in the electoral process is the key to exercising their rights as Americans to guarantee that their future and children’s future is in tune with their dreams and aspirations as to why they choose the United States to be their new home.
Do you remember the solemn act of commitment when you recited the Oath of Allegiance upon becoming an American citizen?
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.
Why do I mention the Oath of Allegiance in my column? Take this as a case in point: The two brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and Tamerlan Tsarnaev immigrated from the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan but lived in the United States for about a decade prior to the bombings, planned and carried out the attack on that beautiful day in Boston. They became American citizens through the naturalization process. They were able to change their lives than in their native Chechnya. They became radicalized as they grow up and developed a hatred against America. I brought up this subject I want to dwell on the true meaning of the Oath of Allegiance as shown above.
If anyone out there cannot be faithful to the Oath, you have no business becoming an American citizen. As Americans we need to involved ourselves with the democratic process. We are blessed with a country with people that are welcoming and now is the time for us to participate in that democratic means of electing our leaders like true Americans.
That is why this coming elections on Tuesday, November 3rd we will elect leaders that will be working hard and be truthful to their pledge for the position they are running. We all want our leaders to be our representatives to government and will serve our people. We want an America with clean neighborhoods, safe streets, safe schools, orderly with law-abiding citizens and with respect to authority. Where everyone have a chance to make a shot at the American Dream! One United States we could all be proud of.
Freddy is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Upper Darby Sentinel News, published in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org