A Guest Post By Joseph Craig – Small Business Owner…and Foreign-Born US Citizen
Posted By: Michael Sweeney
July 18, 2010
My longtime, close friend Joseph Craig, a foreign-born US citizen, has been dealing with immigrants most of his life. Craig's grandparents were Irish immigrants processed through Ellis Island who never could afford the court and filing cost to become naturalized, his mother held dual German and US citizenships, and his brother is a life-long resident alien and Vietnam veteran with two tours of combat duty. Craig is the President of Prairie Archaeology & Research, Ltd., located in Springfield, Illinois. We thank him greatly for this thoughtful and thorough guest post on this in-the-news topic…
Try to think up all the names you can to describe illegal immigrants. Illegal aliens. Unauthorized workers. Visa overstayers. Day laborers. Border jumpers. Paperless immigrants. Guest workers. Alien absconders. Documentless entrants. Out-of-status immigrants. Undocumented migrants. The list goes on. If your list includes racist words, ethnic slurs, and other inappropriate euphemisms — well, shame on you, but don’t feel you are alone: Just Google a term like "Anchor Babies" and count the hits.
For as many euphemisms describing illegal residents in our country, there are an equal number of varying opinions regarding the issue. Recently, US immigration policy has become a pretty derisive topic. The amount of print space and airtime devoted to the differing viewpoints and opinions grows daily — especially as America assesses the legal and social implications caused by the controversial Arizona state immigration law. Even Facebook has become a platform for the exchange of viewpoints on the subject. For example, my "Facebook friend" Rich — who I actually haven’t spoken to or laid eyes on in more than 25 years — recently made the public pronouncement that "illegal immigrants are draining our quickly depleting financial resources with the Anchor Babies being in the center of it all!" Everybody has a viewpoint.