News about the number of immigrants coming into the U.S.A. and other countries is a big topic in today’s headlines. Some are seeking a better way of life. Others are looking to come for education. Some want permanent citizenship.
The question is how does it help us or in particular…how does it help the country they are leaving? Over the years many immigrants have come on student visas and then decide to stay. The education that they received and the knowledge that they now possess could bring much benefit to their home country…even if it is such things as clean water and inventions or technology for better infrastructure and everyday living… medical needs…thus more jobs with better pay. The list of country improvement that might be possible would be too long to share in this blog. We all have seen pictures of Ellis Island and the immigrants coming from around the world. (See slides of Ellis Island pictures)
Yes, our country is made up of immigrants from all over the world…since our beginning as a nation. Each one had a reason for wanting to come. In most cases they were not wanting to blow up America or take over our country. They may have been seeking religious freedom, but were not planning to bring religious bondage with them to those already here with different religious beliefs. They did not consider those different from themselves as infidels to be murdered. Of course, we know that there are many immigrants in our modern times who also are seeking the same things that our previous immigrants wanted. They wanted to live freely in a land with opportunity.
There will always be those immigrants who are fleeing persecution and would possibly die if they stayed in their homeland. Certainly, these must have special consideration. As a people, we are for the most part open minded and compassionate. The European nations have also opened their doors and hearts to fleeing immigrants. Hundreds of thousands have flooded their lands with little vetting. Now, they are having to reconsider their immigration policies. They are taking a very hard look at what it is doing to their lives and their economy.
We want people to enjoy our country and visitors come here by the thousands every day. Yet again, as far as making the U.S.A their permanent home, there are some serious questions that might need to be explored. One is the following:
What actually are the statistics of the impoverished in the world, who would, if they could, seek a better life?
Recently I was sent a video that tries to tackle the issue of immigration and its effect on our nation as well as the country from which they come. The speaker uses visual aids to make his points…which may be some very good points to consider when thinking of our world-wide populations. See what you think.
Video (Turn up sound)
Besides all the topics in this political season, immigration is still a big bear. It rises up on its hind legs and screams at us “How dare you think of being in my territory!”
Yet, we are soft-hearted, wanting all to have opportunity. We know and love our history in the U.S.A. which tells us about people of every race and religion who carried their meager belongings onto Ellis Island and settled throughout our country. Some of these fled great persecution. All hoped for was peace and a place to live and raise their families quietly. It is no different today. Why then is there so much furor over this very topic of immigration?
The answer may be one of these:
- We like our culture where all nationalities can flourish here.
- We like our choice of religious faith. We don’t want people to come here with the goal to change us.
- We wish we were not a “nanny state” that rewards people for little work since our emigrants of the past had to work hard to even exist. (We have watched the Mexican laborers working in the fields of VA and no one works any harder than they do.)
- We’d like to have control of our borders.
- We want immigrants to be vetted and come legally.
- We’d don’t want to feel threatened by those who claim to hate what we stand for.
I’m sure there are more reasons that we could list…but space is short…for you will stop reading and you’d never get to the informative, factual video presented below for all our thinking.
Within these reasons, we stated that we “like our choice of religious faith”. This is where the rub comes when considering immigration. One of our treasured freedoms in America is the freedom of religion and immigrants bring theirs with them.
First and foremost, we must state here that we are entirely for any immigrant bringing his or her own faith with them and worshiping as they see fit. It is another thing for any emigrant or group of immigrants to have as their goal to change the Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses…and any other faith into the Muslim faith. It is also another thing to have them want to change our laws of the land to include their beliefs, which may include the belief of Sharia law.
(In another blog I told of our wonderful neighbors in Florida who were born Muslim and practiced their faith, while appreciating that we are Christians, without trying to change us.) Having said this, we are certain that there are many Muslims just like these neighbors. Unfortunately there are those also who want religious change in America. If you want to know more about the many facets of Sharia Law, this site is recommended: Sharia Law in America
One may say, “Why write about the Muslims’ belief in Sharia and not another faith?” Good question, but other faiths are not calling people “infidels” because they practice faiths other than the Muslim religion. No radical branch of Buddhists, Jews or Christians are beheading anyone. It is fairly simple to see why people of many faiths are concerned about mass immigration of Muslims to the United States or to Europe, who adhere to Sharia Law. In some cases, assimilation into the culture of the chosen country is often not a part of the immigrant’s plan or encouraged by the leaders within the community, leaving Sharia Law as their focus.
The title of this blog is Demographics and the Future. We start with the meaning of demographics? It is “statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it”. Population growth or lack of growth plays a big part in people continuing to enjoy the history,culture, and religious beliefs of which they have always been a part.
We now have to take a long, hard look at demographics, in this world of change, as it relates to population and immigration of Muslims from Muslim countries to countries where religious preferences and laws are not Muslim. What then will it mean to the culture and future of any country?