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"We have seen the enemy and he is us. "  Walt Kelly, "Pogo" 
 (from:   The Road to Peace )
     When people make statements that immigrants are "illegal" and stealing American jobs...
it is time to speak up and straighten them out.  Most "Americans" are immigrants.  Even our native
tribal people immigrated here across the Bearing straits from Asia.     
 

New Americans symbolize what’s right with America; a nation of immigrants that was built by opening its doors…America remains the envy of much of the world and a magnet for millions who come seeking opportunity they can’t find elsewhere.

America is now—and has always been—a nation of immigrants. Demographic diversity has long been a principal strength of the United States of America.
Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians play critical economic roles as workers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. These people are crucial players in our efforts to
recover from the current recession and move forwad to a prosperous economic future.

According to a new Immigration Policy Center (IPC) fact sheet on immigrant contributions to the US economy and society:

  • Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make up a large and growing share of the U.S. population—growing from 7.9% in 1990 to 12.6% in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Immigrants are an integral part of the U.S. labor force comprising 15.6% of the U.S. civilian labor force age 16 and over in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Immigrants increase the nation’s economic output each year by roughly $37 billion, according to a 2007 report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Most native-born workers, roughly 90%, have experienced wage gains from immigration ranging from 0.7% to 3.4% depending on their level of education, according to a 2006 study by Giovanni Peri, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California-Davis

So when you hear underinformed Americans denigrating new immigrants...  Let us celebrate our heritage with friends and family and remember America
she was founded— a bastion of freedom and opportunity for all those who seek to cast aside the chains of oppression.  When wrong-headed unfair trade practices like NAFA pit trillion dollar transnationals against family farms and small businesses in our neighbors to the south, this cannot help but result in migrations into
America as the victims of this legislation suffer and try to feed their families.  As New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, wrote:

Dear America, please remember how you got to be the wealthiest country in history. It wasn’t through protectionism, or state-owned banks or fearing free trade. No, the formula was very simple: build this really flexible, really open economy, tolerate creative destruction so dead capital is quickly redeployed to better ideas and companies, pour into it the most diverse, smart and energetic immigrants from every corner of the world and then stir and repeat, stir and repeat, stir and repeat, stir and repeat.                 ShareThis

 As our constitution states: 

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. 
 No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person
 of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
 
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