The following message was emailed around by one of my colleagues this week. Never mind about the ignorance and prejudice thickly exuded in the message. I don’t expect anything enlightened from the sender anyway.
I post it here to remind people of the anti-immigrant sentiment deeply rooted in the minds of not an isoloated few Americans. Have this in mind when you try to merge your youngsters into mainstream American culture and imagine how they will be holy welcome. You might choose to ignore this anti-immigration force, but this is the reality that we and our children have to be aware of and live with. Now enjoy.
If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Mexican borders illegally you will jailed for two years.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
If you cross the United States border illegally you get:
1 – A job
2 – A driver’s license
3 – A Social Security card
4 – Welfare
5 – Food stamps
6 – Credit cards
7 – Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
8 – Free education
9 – Free health care
10 – A lobbyist in Washington
11 – Billions of dollars in public documents printed in your language
12 – Millions of servicemen and women who are willing to – and do – die for your right to the ways and means of our @#$%—-ution
13 – And the right to carry the flag of your country – the one you walked out on – while you call America racist and protest that you don’t get enough respect.
Regardless of what they feel about immigrants, I have no doubt in my mind that the future and the greatness of this country lie heavily on the shoulders of millions of immigrants who believe in the dream and ideal of the founding fathers of the nations and continue to lead the nation in the world. Without them, to the valley and a steep downhill this country will dash into like a flash.