It is not surprising America is a magnet for people escaping hunger and violence. It is not surprising that America remains a ‘promised land.’
It is what brought our forefathers here.
Even for those who came here in shackles, no other land beckons.
The journalist, Molly Ivins wrote, “It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.”
The nineteenth congressional district of NY remains more a portrait of America of yesteryear than today’s roiling urban centers. Which gives the district the special chance to display the qualities that make America great.
These are welcoming newcomers, enjoyment of differences, absorption into our way of life.
Communities encourage respect for homeland cultures as they celebrate America’s exceptionalism. That is why there are St. Patrick’s Day and Labor Day parades.
Why is the country struggling with today’s immigrants? It turns out to be a political matter. Traditional American respect for law is challenged by border crossings of people without proper authority. Most Americans get that.
Build a war, hire more crossing guards? Good questions. And so, the search is to do the ‘right thing.’
But framing the question in threatening tones has shoved thinking about solutions aside. Most Democrats (and even Donald Trump at times) want to deal with the reality that a porous border encouraged millions seeking the gifts America has to offer to come here. Chiefly, that is jobs, housing, health care and schools.
Yes, and criminals too, meeting the demands of Americans for more drugs.
The program for giving legal status to the children of unauthorized migrants has wide acceptance. The Republican majority in the Congress has not gotten the job done. That is one good reason to turn the House of Representative over to the Democrats
There is reasonable disagreement over the ‘Dreamers,’ as these young people are called, should be put on the path to citizenship after being allowed to stay in America. Put baldly, many believe citizenship should come after those who applied through regular channels get their coveted citizenship papers.
What to do going forward? Democrats and Republicans agree that much of the onus falls on the employers of undocumented migrants. After all, getting work is the primary reason to make the dangerous crossing.
Republicans control the legislative and executive arms of government. They cannot agree on a plan. Progress will come when new life is breathed into the system.
Antonio Delgado is open to ideas. He wants to take the best of what is put forth and make it work for Americans.
The reason to vote for Democrats is to solve the challenges we face. Not to see conservative and very, very conservative Republicans in schoolyard brawls over who can inflict the most harm on an edgy nation.
Republicans used to be the models of party discipline. For now, all that is gone. If we want to advance the values held by most Americans, Antonio Delgado and the Democrats are the way forward.