Did My Mom Have "White Priviledge"?

An article I read recently “ Did My Mom Have ‘White Privilege’?” (WSJ) described the author’s young immigrant mother who arrived at Ellis Island in 1911 with her parents from a small village in Italy. Their story reminded me of the message on the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus, which is so often quoted by immigration activists: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” This family and others like them

were the immigrants those words described. The article explained that they were so thrilled to be in beautiful America that they did whatever they thought proper to be good citizens including happily learning English. They were subjected to medical exams, background checks, were required to have jobs and sponsors, and they received zero support from taxpayers.

In my opinion Ms. Lazarus would hang her head in shame to see the immigrants, mostly illegal, who are marching in our streets, carrying flags of other countries, giving the finger and grabbing their crotches in signs of disrespect to our people and to our country, which they supposedly want to adopt.

Just as disingenuous are the immigration activists who site examples of immigrants who are successful business owners or Nobel Prize winners as being representative of the whole body of legal and illegal immigrants. They insist these superior examples prove the U.S. must not restrict immigration, including illegal immigration, in any way. They neglect to mention the many others who break our laws and harm our citizens. Our complex immigration challenges will not be solved by hyper-partisan and straw men references. Instituting merit-based immigration and limiting chain migration, along with protecting our borders, are reasonable steps in the right direction. Overtime these changes will help the United States grow and become more productive, as well as more welcoming to folks who want to join our American family.