It’s been a year (and there is more than one way to interpret that). Some how it seems a lot, lot longer.
I am spending my volunteer efforts this winter in working with the small but mighty group of girls in the religious education program at the UU church I attend while in Florida. This coming Sunday they will finish up a unit on Immigration — with Justice and Compassion.
I was doing research in order to complete preparations for the last lesson in this curriculum since I will be teaching it. These are not part of what I will present to the kids, but I found them immensely interesting.
In more recent news about immigration, I read about the RAISE Act. Wikipedia has this summary:
The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act is a bill introduced in the United States Senate in 2017. Co-sponsored by Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, the bill seeks to reduce levels of legal immigration to the United States by 50% by halving the number of green cards issued. The bill would also impose a cap of 50,000 refugee admissions a year and would end the visa diversity lottery. The bill received the support of President Donald Trump, who promoted a revised version of the bill in August 2017, and was opposed by Democrats, immigrant rights groups, and some Republicans.
You can find a chart of the point system that is included in this bill. It’s really worth a look. Time magazine has a simplified version of the point system so you can see if you would qualify for immigration to the United States. Any applicant needs 30 points.
Granted, immigration is a complex subject with issues that go far beyond the number of points on this simplified quiz. I got 18 points. WHAT??
I’m sure my Ukrainian grandfather would not have scored very well, although he was well educated, unlike my Ukrainian grandmother who would have scored nothing. Yet, together the built a business, a neighborhood grocery and butcher shop, and raised six children. Their sons fought in WWII and all went on to be educated and productive citizens of this country.
And there is this quote from a German immigrant who became quite famous:
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil. but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.