As we continue to watch the influx of immigrants across the southern borders, one thing has become painfully obvious. We as a nation are going to have to accept that a new population of people are positioning themselves to become citizens in this country. This is not an entirely new development in the history of our country. The problem is that we have short memories, and it has been a few years since we have seen a mass migration of people fleeing, not necessarily for better opportunities, but for their lives. Palestinian families are fleeing for their lives currently as well. The only difference is the type of war that is being waged in South America compared to the Gaza Strip.
We do not have to look too far back to remember the migration of people from Russia to destinations around the world when the Soviet Union broke apart. War was constant as new country lines were being drawn. Cuban immigrants who survived the trip set up cities under freeway bridges in Florida in an attempt to escape Fidel Castro and his regime. But even more dramatic is the idea that there are people still alive who remember what Adolf Hitler was doing to anyone who did not look a certain way. Jewish immigrants who did try to flee to America were turned away and sent back to Europe. A decision that American historians will never forget. But a position that our government quickly changed upon the arrival of the American military into Europe, and reported back what was actually happening there. The situation that we are facing in the south is something that we as Americans can and must accept, and try to grow from it.
Hopefully more state leaders like Gov. Deval Patrick (D) Massachusetts will step and accept immigrants in their states.
A move that will possibly cost him his job one day, but one that is very courageous.