The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Unless a U.S. citizen can trace their lineage directly back to the indigenous population then they are immigrants themselves. Therein lies the crux of the immigration debate.

Since most U.S. citizens are immigrants or are descendants of immigrants then the attitude of some that immigrants must come “legally” or the nation cannot support more immigrants, or other anti-immigrant sentiments is just plain wrong.

Such belief is basically telling other immigrants, the country is not open to more of our kind – immigrants.

Some readers will be tempted to argue “American exceptionalism”, read “imperialism” to argue that they built the country and the country is theirs to do what they want with it.

Such argument ignores the fundamental fact that the nation was built by immigrants and for immigrants.

That is an inconvenient fact for many, but it remains a fact, nonetheless.

The other argument likely to be argued is that immigrants should fight for their own countries, “like Americans” have. But that argument falls flat on the facts.

Every U.S. citizen ancestor that came to the American continent did so in search of a better life or seeking shelter from oppression, war or fear from something. The same thing that today’s immigrants seek.

These are harsh realities, but they are the truth.

Immigrants Make America Great, say otherwise is just fearmongering for selfish reasons.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

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