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Wed, May 10, 2017 - 02:59 AM

What is your view on immigration?

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What is your view on immigration? What is your opinion about it? How much of a priority is it for you and what does it mean for you?

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Print Thu, May 11, 2017 - 02:18 AM
Every new group of immigrants in the US is eyed with suspicion by the descendants of the last group of immigrants. Always saying that these new comers will steal jobs or somehow ruin American culture, stability, or ____. It's true that new ideas filter in and change does occur. Intermarriage occurs. Genes are diversified. Our palettes are expanded. New art. new ideas. New passions. But don't worry, your children will still hold the old traditions in their hearts and homes.


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Print Thu, May 11, 2017 - 01:41 AM
My view is that human beings immigrate largely in response to pressures of sociopolitical and economic oppression. In short, from a humanist standpoint, immigrants are people who are suffering in their home countries. They are people whose lives have become so untenable in their current surroundings, that it becomes worth trying, at risk of life and limb to escape to another country, knowing they will arrive to prejudice, low social status, and possible rejection. But also knowing that if they remain where they are, their lives may be short and brutal, and without opportunity.

As a humanist, I believe there is no question that we should be in the business of trying to reduce suffering. The "immigration crisis", is usually misconceived as a problem of too many people in transit. I believe the real crisis is the number of humanitarian tragedies in the world that are precipitated by greed and the religious radicalization of people made easy by crushing poverty and lack of opportunity left in the wake of colonial wealth extraction, and its modern corporate parallel. The same pressures and mechanisms of continuing misery that sustain religion itself.In essence, the "crisis" of immigration, like the crisis of terrorism, has to do with suffering imposed by a global imbalance of wealth and resources. And I think very little short of changing this imbalance will help.

I believe our humanity demands a response to suffering. l believe that diversity is part of the destiny of humanity. I believe the true crisis is poverty and sustained ignorance. If we welcome and educate immigrants, there is no crisis.


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Print Mon, Aug 28, 2017 - 10:17 AM
The world is round. National boundaries have been set by the winners of bloody conflicts. Refugees are fleeing for their lives as a result of yet more of these conflicts, usually based in greed. Humanity demands we find a way to help them as individuals, and to stop creating the conflicts that create their suffering.


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