I just watched a video, which you can see on Wimp.com called “Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs”. The presenter used an ingenious method of jars of gum balls to represent the population of poor countries. The point of his presentation was to show that the United States may be harming the poor countries of the world by letting the thinkers and doers of a what ever poor country to immigrate to the States, thus depriving the country of the possibility of that person making a difference in their own country.
The really poor of the country can’t afford to immigrate. Mexico is just a bit different because we share a border, so if the poor can manage to get into the country, they are here. Just not as one of the legal one million immigrants we take in yearly.
According to the presenter the poor nations are adding people faster than we as a country, could possibly take them. The really poor and desperate have to be helped in their own country. I am all for helping the poor of the world, but I think our own poor should be helped first. We have homeless families on the streets, who can’t afford food or housing. The basic necessities of life are missing.
It is true some of these people made choices in their life which put them in the situation they are in, but what about the children. The children did not cause the problem. This is only one tiny segment of the poor and destitute of our country. There is always someone. It could be a geriatric person who can’t stay warm this winter, because they can’t pay heat bills and buy food at the same time. There are people who if they buy food can’t pay for their drugs. It is a vicious circle for people to numerous to count.
I know politics is involved with a lot of the aide that is dispensed to foreign countries. It is always for humanitarian purposes, but it could be, you scratch my back and I will scratch yours. I still believe we should take care of our own first. That is my two-cents for today.