On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled a new immigration policy proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration was, in fact, legal. The new law will require that all new and incoming immigrants be able to show that they will not be relying on US taxpayers for their livelihoods.
Now, for most Americans, this only makes sense. The people who cross our borders and asking for residency should be doing so to give themselves a better life not to assume that they will be given handouts at every turn.
But Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, apparently, isn’t most people. To her, the ruling is an outrage and goes against our national tradition of taking in those who are in need.
In her anger at the laws passing, she took to social media, undoubtedly seeking the support of those who thought similarly.
She began her tweet with the age-old quote written on Lady Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
But she added her own words, “Retweet if your immigrant ancestors wouldn’t be let in if this means-tested immigration policy was in place then.”
And of course, she had a few who were in agreement with her. But not nearly as many as she likely thought.
In fact, far more were against her, rather than with her.
And plenty of them were immigrants themselves.
Like Ani, who said, “Stop with the BS, I am an immigrant and I came here legally, and I Didn’t expect Anyone else to pay for me to make a living!”
Now, as Americans, most of us have a family history of some sort that involves immigration to this land. It’s why we are often referred to as the ‘melting pot’ of the world. Here, within our borders, we have races, colors, and creeds of all kinds.
Nearly every nationality is represented here in some form or another, and yet we are all American. And we all came here for the same purpose, to give ourselves the opportunity for a better life. It’s what our founding fathers did, it’s what my great, great grandparents did, and it’s what people like Ilhan Omar’s family did.
Most of us appreciate those humble beginnings, using it as an experience that makes our families stronger and more resilient. Families like Elisabeth’s, who responded to Omar’s tweet, telling their courageous story.
She wrote, “My family immigrated here in ’68. There were NO handouts. EVER. They hit the ground running. Taking any job available to non-English speaking ppl. They became business owners within 3 yrs. That’s the kind of ppl they are were allowing in then, that’s what we need now. Period.”
Others gave similar messages, speaking of their families’ triumphant past and rise to glory in a nation that gave them the opportunities they needed. It didn’t give them handouts and a coattail to ride on; it gave them a way to build a life they could be proud of and a livelihood of their own.
“Poor doesn’t equal using public services. My parents came here, got work, had 14 kids and never used the system. They understood the beauty of the free country they now lived had plenty of opportunities for our family. Living in America is a privilege and a blessing.”
The whole point of coming to America should not be to get free stuff given to you, to be given a paycheck every week you didn’t earn, or healthcare you have never paid a dime for, or homes that you didn’t even look for. The point is to make a better world for your family, and you can’t do that by living off the system and relying on the hard work of others to do everything for you.
That is what the new immigration law is trying to deter, those who would come here on the hopes that someone else, namely hard-working taxpayers, would give them everything they could ever need or want. Besides, our nation has far too many people already living off of our government that has never worked a day in their life. And yes, some of them need help, but others don’t even try.
We don’t need more people like that. We want people who can be productive members of our society contributing to it and making it something worthwhile. You’d think someone who came from a war-torn nation like Somalia would understand that better than most.