Immigration has long been one of America’s greatest strengths. Indeed, the demographic makeup of the 13th District is testament to the vitality and vibrancy added to the United States by those from foreign lands. The United States’ immigration policy should not be utilized to turn America into what is, in effect, a country club.
Revolutions in communications and transportation have blurred the effects of national boundaries and have, to a certain extent, turned nation states into special interest groups fighting for resources to the exclusion of others. America, symbolized by The Statue of Liberty, has long served as a haven for the downtrodden, oppressed, and stateless. Current immigration policies, which are often based on fear and ignorance rather than rational, sound policymaking, need to be revisited, retracted, modified, and loosened, to ensure that America continues to enjoy the revitalizing, energizing, and refreshing effects of a constant regeneration of the fabric of our society. In short, we should be outward looking, rather than inward looking and tribal.
We need to revise our immigration laws to ensure that those who deserve citizenship can easily obtain it and those who need to reside in our country without becoming citizens can do so. Furthermore, visa laws and regulations should be relaxed to permit those who desire to visit can and those who would add to our economy, culture, and society can do so with a minimum of interference from the American government.