Lcyberlina Posted December 8, 2003 Share Posted December 8, 2003 (EDITED!) My family has been coffee growers for three generations and we had been practically untouched by the social turmoil going on in Colombia... However, coffee is not what it used to be. Juan Valdez is broke and lonely. The world has turned its back on him. Colombia has only one friend, but that friend is just as lonely; the United States has helped Colombia combat the narcotraffic and the guerrillas for some time. But it seems that we are alone in this fight. I came to the United States, because I wanted to study, learn and immerse myself in a culture that appeared to me as perfect compared to the decadence in Colombia's culture and society. I stayed, because I had more chances of survival and of becoming a decent person here than to going back to Colombia with a degree but no job or future. Many immigrants like myself, leave their countries and families, because we do not have any other choice. Poverty, violence and corruption kill anybody's dreams of achieving success in life. Most of us come here with the idea of making a better living for ourselves and our families. We come to work in anything at any price. We just want to be able to have what you have. Peace of mind and a loaf of bread on the table. We are not stealing people's jobs, we are taking the jobs you don't want. We are not equal to economic recession, because many of us bring money from our countries and spend it here. You may still feel that illegal immigration is part of the problem, but if it is, Why the government of the United States has not really stopped it? USA has all the technology, the human resources and the power to stop illegal immigration, but only until the prospect of terrorism in the US came to the scene, nothing really drastic had been done. Economists around the globe, and even in the US, agree that migrant workers are an essential part of economic growth. That is why I think the government had not really done anything to stop illegal immigration before. The sustained growth of this country's economy is due in part to migrant labor. Observe any other country that has little migration issues. Their economy is usually slumping and they try to boost it by "inviting" migrants to their country (i.e. Canada, Australia, UK and New Zealand). Maybe you still think I or my other friends should leave, but consider everything I have said in this long message. We do not come here to steal, we come here to work and survive. If you still don't want us here, then help our countries be better. Do not ignore us anymore... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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