Roy Beck’s group, Numbers USA, spends an awful lot of energy trying to fight against immigration. According to his teachings if we do not stop immigration in its tracks we’ll be responsible for saving 4,600 gumballs from poverty. Well, each gumball represents a million human beings and as we know most human beings are merely just corn syrup and gum base packed in various colored shells. What I really like about this analogy is the thought of putting those gumballs in a big machine so you can buy them for 25 cents a piece.
Just in case some of the anti-immigrants out there aren’t aware here’s Roy Beck’s, of Numbers USA, view on immigrant bashing. Maybe you guys should read and apply. Don’t do it too liberally though. From Roy Becks article “The Ethics of Taking Flight”:
It IS immigrant bashing, however, to ascribe those bad characteristics to whole groups of people based on their ethnicity or foreign-born status. All of us should be careful of the language we use so as not to inadvertently appear to be making such negative generalizations.
Getting back to Roy’s premise that we’re trying to save the world through letting others immigrate to the United States, I’m not sure where this started. Is there a group asking for every poor person from every other country to come to the United States for a better life? If so I’m not aware of it. I don’t think any rational person would believe that the United States has room for 6 billion people. I think the idea is that we want to create an environment of caring which will hopefully transcend our borders. Currently our wild west ways in Iraq and our very vocal fight against immigrants are the only things transcending our borders. How will this help the world?