What could be the difference between the immigration of the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s and now? Well, for one thing, back in the day people were fleeing poverty, social unrest, and were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Most came through Ellis Island, were processed and, if they were lucky, already had family here. They lived in overcrowded apartments and worked for low wages, most as unskilled laborers. They had to learn English, or they stayed in their ethnic neighborhoods. Their lives were hard, but they were free, and appreciated being in America.

Today it’s a little different. We encourage people from foreign countries to come to the U.S. We need highly skilled people to work in fields of technology and others, people to add to the greatness of our country. And we still take people who ask for asylum, fleeing political and religious oppression. But there are others who can come here without going through the required processes and take advantage of the generosity of our country. We are moving to a bilingual country without the consent of its citizens, we are hemorrhaging money on all sorts of benefits for foreign citizens, and these people are not here to assimilate, they are here to make further demands. That’s quite a difference from the former immigrants who came just for freedom and a better way of life.

Where will they go when America has been sucked dry of its former greatness and has no more to offer? And where, for the first time in its history, will the citizens of America go to find freedom and a better life? Yes, I believe there will be refugees from America. With the attack on Christianity by the government and the acceptance of other religions, certain people will leave the country for religious and political reasons. The great Renaldus Maximus, Ronald Reagan, was prophetically accurate when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

How do a free people survive when an over-reaching government doesn’t listen to the will of its people?

They don’t.

Gregory Weigle

South Williamsport

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