I’m trying to get a better understanding of the immigration reform and amnesty issues, and while traveling recently I have had some enlightening conversations with immigrants.
Rafael is from the Dominican Republic. He has been working in New York City as a driver for about ten years, and is saving money to rejoin his wife and daughter back in Santo Domingo permanently. Meanwhile, he watches for airfare bargains and makes several brief trips home each year. Rafael believes in the “American Dream” – anyone who is willing to work hard can succeed here. But he is skeptical of the US government. He bought some land in the Dominican Republic and plans to build a house on it. “Nobody can take your land away from you there,” he said. “Once you pay for your land, it’s yours forever. Here in the US, if you don’t pay your taxes, or if the government wants your land for some reason, they can just take it away from you.” Hard work, personal responsibility, and property rights – Rafael is a conservative immigrant.
Jonathan immigrated to New York City from Hong Kong with his parents ten years ago. He started a couple of small businesses in Chinatown, but both failed. Undaunted, he is still bullish on the US economy and while working a couple of service jobs he is an ardent investor in stocks. I asked him about the dicey situation in Hong Kong, where the communist Chinese government is now stripping away many of the freedoms citizens enjoyed when it was a British protectorate and then a quasi-independent state. “The government has become so corrupt,” Jonathan lamented. “You can’t do anything without having to pay off somebody in the government.” I suggested that our government has become corrupt, too. “But there’s a difference,” he said. “In China, everybody knows about the corruption and just deals with it. Here, it’s supposed to be a secret.” Opportunity, free markets, and freedom from big, corrupt, oppressive government – Jonathan is a conservative immigrant.
Javier is from Puerto Rico. “I’m a US citizen,” he boasts. Still, as a Hispanic he is considered a minority and somewhat outside the mainstream. He works long hours, and loves it. The more he works, the more he earns. And he has no patience for those who expect to be cared for without working, whether they are traditional American citizens or immigrants. “They make me sick, these guys who do nothing all day. Why should I pay taxes for them to be lazy?” he rails. Hard work and the desire to keep what he earns. Yes, Javier is a conservative immigrant, too.
I did not ask these gentlemen whether or how they vote. The Democrats believe all minorities are their chattel property. And because Democrats have so vilified Republicans and conservatives in the mainstream media, minorities do pretty much vote in lock-step for liberals.
Why? Every immigrant I talk to is a conservative. It is conservative values that drives most immigrants to our shores.
Donna, a native of Guyana of Chinese descent, is a conservative activist. She told me the compelling story about her path to America. “I was in Guyana, minding my own business. I turned around, and suddenly I was surrounded by socialists. So I moved to Venezuela. I was minding my own business, and when I turned around, again there were the socialists. So then I came to the United States.”
“The moral of the story,” she says, “is don’t turn around!”
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Don’t turn around, uh-oh
Der Kommissar’s in town, uh-oh!
You’re in his eye and you’ll know why
The more you live, the faster you will die