Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
Part of my anger, I PMed you some stuff about my life so perhaps you would understand better, but another part is that it really bothers me to see that people feel like they own this land and that they should be able to dictate who comes here after what has happened in the past. I don't hold it in my belief that Americans or Canadians "own" the land and I don't think they should be the ones dictating who should be allowed to come or stay or whatever. I don't think that any Americans or Canadians should have to leave or go anywhere, but I also don't think that they should say that the next generation of immigrants not be allowed to come or stay.
If nobody owns the land... then how are the millions of people living here now illegal? I also feel that nobody owns the land, but that "nobody" is all-inclusive. Also, the vast majority of damage done to native peoples here was done with disease, and the vast majority of the diseases were passed innocently. No, what the original settlers of what is now North America did was not right, it was very wrong. The things they did to African people and other white people were just as wrong. But, America as it is today is not the same. We have, hopefully, learned from our past mistakes. We are a nation of immigrants. And I agree with you about that to a certain point: what right do we have, being ALL
the children of immigrants somewhere in our ancestry, to tell other people they can't come here?
But this debate isn't about the principle of immigration. It is about the harmful effects of illegal immigration, both to the immigrants and those of us lucky enough to already be here.