Plenty enough for everybody
In your “What’s it all about, America?” article (Hoppe, “Immigration Blues,” April 19-26) you assert that the American way of life is superior to all others and will purportedly induce immigrants into being credit card carrying Americans who watch cable television and live in single family homes. From my perspective, you are right on target because this is often the very dream that draws Mexicanos (Mexicans) and other inmigrantes (immigrants) into the land of “plenty enough for everybody.”
Surely, there is nary an undocumented alien who would not always opt for legal immigration were it the most feasible way to avert economic demise, while standing patiently in line like everyone else whose cheeks supposedly sting with insult because it was feasible for them to endure the wait, unlike those who don’t wait for a turn that may never come.
You say that many of “us” can only guess at what customs and agendas the “strangers from other lands” bring. Well, since the bulk of the “never-ending stream” currently seem to be those of Latino origins, it would be safe to “guess” that their customs are rooted in family values, strong work ethics and Christianity; not to mention the on-going impact of the American culture south of the border, and vice versa. This begs the question of what the paranoia is about assimilation, since the core values here are quite compatible with America’s “common civic culture.”
Can it be more self evident that the enormous influx is attributed to the fact that these inmigrantes know too well that they are not “better off somewhere else” and that they absolutely want to “get with the program” that they see will make their lives better? But let’s be reasonable, getting with the program has always been a process. Rest assured that it will also be ultimately achieved by these inmigrantes as they traverse the same roads that immigrant groups before them have by working hard, learning English and paying the dues (and the taxes) that bring them into the main stream of American society. As a first generation American, my parent’s and siblings’ “assimilation” can serve as consistent evidence to this concept — we are all American citizens, who speak English, own single family homes, carry credit cards and subscribe to cable television. We also speak Spanish, but at least in the siblings case, it is now our second language.