On Immigrants to the US.
20 February 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
T shrits and placards claim "Immigrants make the US great." "Let the immigrants in." and "We are a nation of immigrants." It is all a bit foolish and unthinking like a lot of public thought and sloganeering.
The truth is some immigrants do help make America great; some don't contribute or detract much at all; and some are criminals or social problems. The first group is relatively small, but includes all six American Nobel Laureates this year and many scientists and entrepreneurs. The second group is the largest by far and not much can be said for or against them. The last group is a nationwide problem and burden and it is not that small, probably larger than the first group.
The trick obviously is to establish systems and means to distinguish who falls or will fall into which groups and to allow the first group in. exclude the last group and establish how many in the second group should be allowed in without upsetting and too radically changing the country and its neighborhoods. I have met Austrians who have left Austria because so many Muslim immigrants have been allowed in that the character of the country has been radically altered and crime is now a serious problem.
The second group is a policy issue to be decided by government and its elected representatives. How to handle the first and third groups of immigrants is obvious.