Immigration: A very complicated issue.

Friday, May 11, 2018 12:42PM
My family, my nation

My father immigrated to this country as a child, along with his parents. They came with a large wave of humanity, looking for work and an equal playing field.

With all due respect to the compassionate description on the Statue of Liberty, America was industrializing and needed workers.

I recently received a call from one of my sons who lives in another state. As part of the conversation he asked me if I knew anyone looking for work. His employer is hiring a large number of people and having trouble finding workers. Good pay and work conditions plus benefits are part of the employment package. He then grumbled about the difficulty of finding workers with a good work ethic. Shortly after that, WMUR ran interviews with employers in New Hampshire who were having a great difficulty finding workers, with some jobs going vacant and other employers having to adjust their work hours to accommodate the requirements of their workers.

I do not support open borders, people piling into this country unvetted, or emotional solutions to complicated problems. We need to ask the right questions in order to find policies that address our nation’s need for workers taking into consideration the safety of American citizens. I certainly don’t have solutions, but I do wish policy makers knew more about basic humanity.

Past  immigration patterns show that people moved to this country as a group with their extended families. Whole villages moved. My son-in-law is a first generation whose family settled in an area along with large numbers of other immigrants from exactly the same place. They established a community with their own church and opened businesses with the skills they brought with them. This was an enormous help in assimilation into American society. Banning extended family members and spreading immigrants thinly throughout the country without the safety net of culture is folly. Like it or not we humans are tribal and we need support and time to adjust, often a generation or more.

Diana Daniels