Bad as­sump­tions on im­mi­gra­tion

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

I had to re­spond to the racist, big­oted let­ter re­gard­ing the num­ber of His­pan­ics the writer ob­served at a Wal­mart store in Hardeeville.

The writer as­sumes, wrongly, that they and many oth­ers are “il­le­gal aliens,” in this coun­try to take ad­van­tage of us, mis­use our sup­port sys­tem for the poor, and cause our schools to spend money on bilin­gual teach­ers.

This is an in­sult to the mil­lions of im­mi­grants who are here be­cause they want jobs and bet­ter lives for their chil­dren. Mil­lions are here legally, and have been in this coun­try for years. They have homes and fam­i­lies.

Those who are now try­ing to cross the border in Texas have been made into “crim­i­nals” by Don­ald Trump when, ac­tu­ally, many are fam­i­lies flee­ing vi­o­lence and poverty in their own coun­tries.

To any­one scared to death to see and hear peo­ple speak­ing some­thing other than English, get used to it. Ac­cord­ing to de­mo­graphic data, white peo­ple in the United States will be a mi­nor­ity around mid-cen­tury.

Those who would try to meet some im­mi­grants might re­al­ize that we are all peo­ple with sim­i­lar hopes and dreams and we are do­ing the best we can to achieve them.

It is the Christ­mas sea­son. For all those who share mean-spir­ited be­liefs, try to find some small bit of com­pas­sion for those less for­tu­nate. “There but for the grace of God go you.”

– Terry Gibson

Lady’s Is­land

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