The United States Never Had a Closed-door Policy Essay
The United States Never Had a Closed-door Policy
Lawmakers and policymakers in the United States can continue to enhance American diversity through immigration. As the world moves toward becoming a global society, American diversity will ehance the global positioning of the United States. However, careful management of immigration must remain a top priority. The United States must have stringent immigration policy to prevent entry of undesirable aliens. But the country should not close its door to good foreigners who want to enhance and develop their talents in the USA.
America has never turned good people away. The USA has always been open to new ideas from others. The US constitution is the product of a synthesis of divergent inclinations, from which comes the most effective constitution in history. It has always been, and will continue to be, US policy to give those who have the resolve to succeed every opportunity to thrive in this country.
Persons aspiring to become US citizens are generally the cream of the crop in their home countries. Most are very successful in their fields of expertise. They are prepared to compete globally and will most likely be successful in the USA. Since they are already top achievers they will enhance the competitive edge of this country. Just as American Blacks, who came here as slaves, are doing well in every field, it is important to remember that most Americans are descendants of foreign countries.
A closed door Policy is not the American way. Americans are naturally competitive. The USA has prevailed in nearly every war or battle it has recently engaged in. The USA has experienced several economic depressions, always recovering successfully. The USA is not intimidated by the influx of foreigners with various backgrounds, training, and experiences. The USA can prevail against any competitor because US citizens have a competitive edge. These experiences have sharpened the USA’s instinctive ability to prevail against any adversary.
In this age of globalization Americans must not hide in cocoons. To do so would be counterproductive to maintaining this country’s competitive edge. The advent of the internet has placed everyone on equal footing with others. Therefore the USA is able to face competition head-on and remain at the top of the global competitive scale. Being the primary world super power, the whole world looks to the USA for guidance and as a role model in international affairs. If the USA puts the brakes on its own national and international policies, the rest world will slow down with it. The problem is that several countries are waiting and willing to quickly assume the role of world leader.
One of these aspiring countries is China which already has political, economic, and diplomatic clout with many countries. China maintained a closed door policy for centuries, eventually finding out the hard way that it was counterproductive. Now that China’s doors have been opened to outsiders, the nation is experiencing an economic boom unlike any that has been recorded in China’s history.
In fact, some economic leaders in other countries are of Chinese descent. While some Chinese immigrants have attained citizenship status in and adopted foreign countries as their home, their loyalty remains with China. This gives China a major advantage in dealing with aggressive US policy toward other countries. Therefore the USA must not be complacent in its role as world super power. Nor can the US risk cultural isolation from the rest of the world.
This does not mean that the USA has to be liberal in screening prospective immigrants. The USA must retain its strict policy against illegal border crossings, especially since many illegal immigrants are instrumental in bringing drugs from Mexico and South America.
Failure to secure our borders means that The USA will continue to lose the war on drugs while losing an important generation of Americans to those drugs. It also means that the crushing burden of failed immigration and homeland security policies will continue to fall exclusively on the shoulders of working men and women. Not only do illegal aliens, and those who employ them, cost the nation tens of billions of dollars in social services, principally in health care and education, but they also depress wages for American citizens. (Dobbs 2005)
Unskilled foreign labor must be minimized because it is a burden to health care programs. Unskilled foreign labor also creates undue competition for local unskilled workers. What the USA needs is for those who have special skills and talents to help improve American society. The Commission is concerned about unskilled workers in American society. In an age in which unskilled workers have far too few opportunities available to them, and in which national welfare reform policies will require thousands more to find jobs, the Commission sees no justification for the continued entry of unskilled foreign workers. (Briggs 2001)
The United States must strike a delicate balance between maintaining a strict immigration policy and keeping the borders open to those who will enhance the nation’s reputation. Americans must remember that that their diversity has helped this country through times of political and economic depression. The United States continues to be the model for global citizenship.
Therefore, policymakers must continue to create policies that enhance that position. Finally, lawmakers must secure the borders so that the U.S. economy is not overrun with illegal activity and American social structures is not compromised by uncommited or unproductive residents. The United States of America must be a union of people, from different races and nationalities, whose capabilities are synthesized to push this nation to further greatness.
Briggs, Jr., Vernon M. “American Unionism and U.S. Immigration Policy.” Center for Immigration Studies. Aug 2001. 1 Mar. 2008. <http://www.cis.org/articles/2001/back 1001.pdf>.
Dobbs, Lou. “U.S. policy on immigration is a tragic joke.” Arizona Republic 28 Aug. 2005. 1 Mar. 2008 <http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/ viewpoints/articles/0828dobbs0828.h tml>.