A Nation of Immigrants, Divided Over the Subject of Immigration – NOA News
Debate centers on millions of illegal immigrants in U.S. Congress failed to agree on a reform plan, so states are passing their own laws.
02 March 2008
Transcript of radio broadcast:
Many immigrant families have entered the United States through Ellis Island in New York City.
Just about every family in the United States has at least one member, now or in the past, who came from another country. Even American Indians may have immigrant ancestors through marriage.
The United States is one of the few industrial countries with a growing population. The main reason is immigration. Today America has just over three hundred million people. A new report says if current growth rates continue, the nation will have four hundred thirty-eight million in two thousand fifty.
This is a fairly lengthy article so I don’t have time to go through the whole thing, but I’d like to point out the statement above:
Just about every family in the United States has at least one member, now or in the past, who came from another country.
Now I understand that there are Native Americans still among us and that very few people are going to argue their status as indigenous people. What I’m having a hard time with though is the assertion that there are other non Native Americans that are somehow considered indigenous which I believe the above statement implies. I believe this because when you listen to many anti-migrant protestors they seem to think their families have been here for thousands of years.
This is something I’d like to see what other people think about as I really feel that many people in the U.S. have a strong disillusionment as to what an immigrant is and their status as such. Otherwise why would this show start off with such a statement?