I recently heard a news item about US Immigration and it left me a tad confused. I must point out that I am not American, don't listen or read a lot of American news and only have a scant knowledge of American history. What puzzled me was the force of the article against the people trying to enter America in order to get a better life for themselves and their families.
The Continent of the Americas had been held in fascination for many centuries by Europeans. Many travelled across to the seas to find it. The 1400 and 1500s are full of daring adventures; Columbus discovered the West Indies in 1492. I suspect that with this in mind many of the people aboard the Mayflower left the shores of my (sometimes not so delightful country) to escape Religious persecution; to start a new life for themselves in a new land. After a long and arduous journey they landed upon the country we now know as America. The country was already occupied by indigenous people. It could be argued that the introduction of many Europeans was not good for these people; many were wiped out by European diseases for which their immune systems were not strong enough to fight.
As news of the new country spread more and more people from the European Continent chanced their arms to travel and discover a better life for themselves and their families. Settlements were set up, towns were built and States were organised. Eventually, after much history and war against the Brits Independence was declared on 4th July 1776. A new country was born.
All the while the Indigenous people were being pushed back and out of their land. The settlers were taking over; all to get a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, the Indigenous people of America didn't have a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help them stop illegal immigrates coming into their country and taking over their land and livelihoods.
I could go on but I think I have made my point. I would love to know why the people coming to the US and trying to make a better life for themselves are seen in such a negative way by a few Americans. Why is history not remembered?
And then again, maybe I am sticking my nose into business that really doesn't belong to me. I am puzzled, that is all.