Tarry for the Nonce

August 25, 2005

Surges of Patriotism

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 11:41 am

Considering the enlightened globalization of our time, I still am pleased to find that America is a land of opportunity:

[Tarcila Madureira] Silva, 20, had already watched her neighbors build homes with money they earned from illegal work in the United States . . .

“[H]ere in Brazil poor people have no chance,” said Silva, as her mother fretted over how they will buy food and pay the $65 monthly rent for their crumbling, mud-brick home . . .

The 1.3 million Brazilians in the United States — half of them illegal — send around $2 billion back home each year. Those that return home with money inspire thousands more to follow in their footsteps . . .

Wearing a thick gold chain and a T-shirt reading “Massachusetts Home Sweet Home,” Fabiano da Silva sits outside the restaurant he opened in the farming town of Guanhaes, Minas Gerais, with his U.S. nest egg.

He worked illegally in the United States for four years as a gardener and in restaurants. “I’d do it all again,” da Silva tells his friends, as they listen to his American tales.

If only we could increase the opportunities for legal immigration. I still hold the starry-eyed idealism of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . .”


1 Comment

  1. Damn right. The limitation of immigration and foreign work just amounts to a tariff on labor. And we all know how effective tariffs are to promote economic growth and welfare. What the country needs more of is people willing to work for a living, not crybabies asking for entitlements.

    Comment by Mark — August 26, 2005 @ 9:33 am

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