In Defense of Immigration
(Below is a transcription of this video)
Hi, this is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. A lot has been discussed about immigration lately, during the election in the media, and most of it has been generally negative. Candidates have been calling to build a fence, immigrants have blamed for virtually everything, including unemployment, crime, terrorism. I am not denying that we don’t have problems, especially issues of national security, but historic history seems to repeat itself, because it seems that immigrants are the ones being scapegoated, in most cases.
Benefits of Immigration
Let’s put things into perspective. Remember that you wouldn’t have your iPhones, your cars, your refrigerators, your houses. All the goods and services you take for granted would not be possible if it wasn’t for immigration. This country was built and is being built by immigrants, and the vast majority of immigration is positive. Immigrants come from all over the world to seek a better live for themselves and their families and who benefits? Well, they do. But who also benefits? We do. It’s always a win-win.
When an immigrant comes typically speaking, they come with a lot of hopes and dreams. They come from countries where opportunities just don’t exist in the same way they exist here. They’re extremely motivated. Think about it. Uprooting your life, moving to a foreign country, learning a new language in many cases. You think they just want to do that just for the sake of it? It’s a major, major life decision to make a move, and yet they do it. And they do it because they believe they can make better lives for themselves.
National Security Concerns
Now that’s not to say there are people who come here to take advantage, there are people who commit crimes, and sometimes you have situations where there is terrorist infiltration. Those are issues of national security and I totally support initiatives that are, at least, measured initiatives to combat that. But to say that immigrants as a group are a threat is really shooting yourself in the foot, so to speak. So let’s step back and get some perspective here.
If you are not an immigrant yourself, your neighbor is, and if they are not, their parents most likely are or their grandparents. Open societies thrive and are successful because of immigration. Consider the alternative, consider the societies where there are real walls that have been erected and keep immigrants out and keep citizens in. Let’s talk about North Korea. Let’s talk about East Germany before the wall fell. Let’s talk about the Soviet Union. Are those societies you want to live in? Consider what immigration really means for immigrants and for us. Hope you enjoyed this video. Always join us at www.visaplace.com.
Don’t Shy Away from Immigration
If you’re considering immigrating to Canada or the US, you shouldn’t be deterred by the politicians on the campaign trail. The bottom line is that immigration does more good than harm. However, due to the complexity of the process, you should consider hiring an immigration professional to help you with the process. At Visaplace, we have helped thousands of people successfully immigrate to Canada and the US and we can help you, too.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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