- Aug 11, 2011
- Basic Beliefs
- Peace on Earth, goodwill towards all
I understand that most people who immigrate voluntarily have motivation and determination to make a new life for themselves. It does not always work out that way—I’m thinking of two brothers who immigrated together. One was highly intelligent, positive, hard working, with a positive attitude even though America drive him as crazy as he loved America. The other brother? He might have been smart but he out so little effort into…anything that it was impossible to know. I don’t know why he came or if, upon arrival he was so overwhelmed by culture shock that he was unable to pull himself up and make something of himself. He was a serious drag on his brother for as long as I knew them.A lot more people have opportunities than actually take advantage of them. My wife gave three of her relatives the opportunity in the form of green card applications for them. One came for a while and went back, the other two didn't even come when their visa numbers came up. I am not at all surprised at this outcome (and in the case of the ones who didn't come I was almost certain they wouldn't)--none of them have the drive she does. They bemoan obstacles, my wife looks for how to deal with obstacles.That sounds more like opportunity than genetics to me. And resources.It's not just resources. The ones that choose to move to a new country are the ones that have enough confidence in their skills that they can land on their feet in an alien environment. Why are you so unwilling to consider the possibility of genetics making a difference?If you’re saying that individuals who are well educated and have substantial financial means and an established profession or business decide to immigrate, they have an advantage over people who immigrated out of desperation—economic or to escape war or violence, yes, that’s correct. They have resources that many immigrants do not.
They also get more favorable visa status.
And yes, those advantages: wealth and education and a smoother path because of weath, education, and a favorable visa process do benefit their children and grandchildren born here.
I also admire and respect those who immigratecti make a better life for gemsekves or to make the most of opportunities. I know that takes a special kind of person.
How much stringer must one be to immigrate as a refugee? When you know you may never see anyone in your family again? That they might all be killed? When you lose everything? When you have no one to help you?
Those are incredibly strong people. Especially when you consider how frequently they are met with anger, suspicion, or by people ready to exploit them.
Now think about people whose ancestors were enslaved, whose grandparents were intimidated and threatened for wanting opportunities at education, at decent jobs, housing. To vote. Of course now laws do not explicitly forbid those things but they effectively do the same thing in place.