This can become a heated topic. I just want to know what people think about the illegal immigration situation in the USA. I live in San Diego where illegal immigration is huge.
Michael Stumpf said:I think it was George Will that was commenting this morning (somebody correct me if I am wrong) about Pittsburgh. That wonderful city is making a concerted effort to attract immigrants as part of its economic development strategy. It wants to be seen as an appealing place for the entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, and others leaving India, Korea, Mexico and other countries to seek opportunity in America.
Mike D. said:I support.....
LEGAL immigration and English as the official language. Learn the language and come to the country legally and I'll say welcome.
Mud Princess said:The "English only" movement has always seemed so xenophobic to me...
Greenescapist said:I'd love to hear what are some people's reasons for "closing the borders now." There haven't been any comments yet from that crowd. I've seen some great economic analyses done of how immigration contributes to the overall US economy. It is an extraordinary benefit - besides the more obvious cultural, political and scientific ones, of course.
donk said:With respect to street signs, there is nothing better in Toronto then wandering through via Italia, with italian Street signs, China Town with chinese signs and the portuguese are with portuguese signs. These areas all have english signs also but the seond language adds to the character of the place.
Mastiff said:Olney was a blue collar section of Philadelphia. Now, it's mostly a Korean population, with a few holdouts, and a section of Latino's to the south.
Here's how not to come into a section of town. Buy a storefront, put in a small grocery or retail shop, make all of your signs with Korean only, and ignore anyone but Korean shoppers. Then, late one night, and without any permission from the city, put up Korean street signs over the exisitng signs. Have a nice little diner, with the cool hibachi's to cook meat, and have not a single waiter or waitress speak English. (I refused to be denied, of course, and made mooing sounds for my dinner, and clucked and flapped for the wife.)
That... is how to come to a country and start some very bad blood. I know, I was there, and I saw how "well" it went. Why should the people living there welcome the newcomers? Like I said before... be prepared to do a little "melting".
Mastiff said:BKM - Thanks... even a blind squirrel finds a nut from time to time.