My story begins like many others. I was brought to America as a teen by my mother. We came from England to Canada, and crossed the border illegally there. I was not told that we were illegal until we were close to the border, when I was told what to say if asked. I didn’t go to school, and lived in fear of the Border Patrol. We later, crossed back into Canada and were able to get our “Green Cards”.
With Green card in hand, I was ready to jump right into this thing called “a melting pot”. I was eager to learn all about it. It was hard, I loved my homeland. At 19, I joined the U.S Army, and 2 years later, applied for and got my U.S. Citizenship. I went on to get an education and have always been a law abiding productive member of society.
Being an American to me is like being a “Heinz 57”. We are a mix of just about anything. That’s what makes America what it is, we are as unique as a Heinz 57, and can’t be duplicated. Ask most Americans what they are, and they will say, Irish, English, African or whatever. Hardly anyone says “I’m an American”.
Immigration is what has made this country what it is. Most of it was built on their backs. With immigrants came cheap labor and new ideas, new ways of doing things. Innovation. That’s what made America. I think part of the immigration problem is there are immigrants that come, and refuse to jump into the “melting Pot”. They want, and insist on retaining their old way of life. Ways that the average American either doesn’t understand, or is offended by. You don’t go to someone else’s country and tell them how to live. The “Melting Pot” is key.