Why Do People Support Immigration? Part I
(Part II will be Why we should not support Immigration)
For those of us who oppose mass immigration it can be a bit of a mystery as to why others aren't on our wavelength. How do they justify it in their mind and why do so many not see that there is a problem. In this the first part of a two part series I will list and talk about why they support mass immigration. Some of the reasons are:
Only seeing part of the problem
Aids the economy
Helping to solve the world problems
Many countries accept immigrants, but this one here lives in your country, out of all of the countries in the world they picked your country. There must be something that they really like, love or want about your country. Here is someone who isn't one of us but who moved here to be a part of us. Your country is the best and this immigrant has shown you that. For many people this can give them a sense of pride, even a patriotic feeling.
Only seeing part of the problem
You can only see and experience those things that you see and experience. What I see and experience will be different from what you see and experience. So some peoples experience of the impact of immigration is limited, as they never have a real opportunity to see how large it is. They may have a parting glance and wonder if something is wrong but as it is only a glance they become distracted with life, as we all do and put the thought aside. If immigration is a problem it's someone else's problem, but not something that affects them.
Aids the economy
There is an argument that says that we need immigration to aid the economy. A big economy is better than a small economy and that only immigration can provide the number of people required to build that bigger economy. The business sector is quite keen on this argument, but you will also hear this argument from everyday people. Sometimes this goes back to pride, they want the best for their country. Sometimes they make a living off of immigration and sometimes they fear any downturn in the economy.
If everyone is equal how can it be that some people are denied the ability to live in your country? If everyone is equal then that means that people can live where they like and be free to live as they like. Discrimination is wrong and that includes treating people differently just because they come from another country and aren't a citizen. Racism exists because of ignorance, once you meet and live with people of other races, ethnic groups, religions and cultures than you will not be ignorant.
Helping to solves the worlds problems
The world has problems no one doubts that one but some people believe that immigration is a way of helping to solve the worlds problems. Poverty is a real problem in the world but if poor people can immigrate to rich countries then they will not be poor. Hunger is a real problem but if hungry people can immigrate to countries with food then they will not go hungry. Lack of education is a real problem but if uneducated people immigrate to countries with schools then they will learn. There is hardly a problem in the world that immigration cannot solve.
If you live a life with money, good health care, sanitation, lack of war and little civil strife, if you are educated and live a life of comfort than you might feel a little guilty. You know that not everyone in the world lives this way. Some live terrible lives in terrible conditions, others not so bad but not as good as your life. You have been blessed, so why shouldn't others also be blessed?
For others immigration is about being a decent or reasonable people. They don't want to be haters or even worse have someone else think of them as a hater. They value people as individuals and they only see immigration on a person to person base. They never look beyond to see how immigration affects other people because that would imply that they were not decent.
This isn't a complete list but I think you get the basic idea, people who support immigration do not do so in a vacuum and it is not wise for us to think they do. In part two I will be looking at why people should oppose immigration.
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You haven't mentioned the biggest reason of all - fear. The fear that by expressing (or even thinking) unpopular political views may lead to social ostracism, or in some cases you might even lose your job. Or you might find that the Department of Homeland Security (or the equivalent secret police organisation in your country) has suddenly opened a file on you for being a dangerous extremist. People who oppose immigration or any other part of the Left's agenda are simply too afraid to open their mouths.ReplyDelete
I didn't list fear because I don't think those people really do support immigration. You are right that many do fear and they mouth the words that are required, but when they go into the voting booth they need someone to vote for who is against immigration. I assume where you live is much like mine, not too many of those candidates. Those who fear are not lost to us forever.