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Discussion Topic for this Newsletter – Immigration

There are an estimated 40 million undocumented immigrants living and working among us in America. How should we as Americans treat them – deportation or allow them to become documented? What about those who came as very young children? How about the children of the undocumented who are legally US citizens? If the parents were to be deported should these children be forced to go with them or be put into government care?

A recent opinion piece by David Frum in the April 2019 issue of The Atlantic was entitled “How Much Immigration is Too Much”. Our nation was built originally by immigrants, mainly from western Europe seeking religious freedom and economic opportunity. They arrived at a time when we needed labor for low skill labor intensive jobs like factory or farm work. Today, these jobs are not valued very highly. Most jobs require higher education and train. This lead to argue that Frum’s article suggest that today far fewer of those jobs remain. He wonders if we have reached a point when large numbers of poorly educated immigrants are needed. The competition for low skilled labor by large numbers of immigrants can are resulting in lower wages for all and produce social discord and a loss of desire for these groups to assimilate into American culture. Many of us believe that any immigrant who crosses our borders should be given a chance to become one of us through work and, eventually, as a citizen.

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