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Manhattan, 1887

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When my great grandparents landed at the Castle Garden immigration depot at the tip of Manhattan in 1887, this is what New York City looked like, at least on one street. It must have been exciting, traveling from the far reaches of Germany in Eastern Europe, likely visiting the cities of Stettin, Berlin and Bremen along the way, and ending up in New York City after crossing the Atlantic before setting out for their final destination, South Dakota.

ajh

New & improved! A multilingual blog — in Polish, Arabic, German, Turkish & English!

Since there are many varied people involved with this story, I am providing multilingual translations within the blog post, a first for me. I may do it more, since I think a blog in different languages is a cool idea.

I’ve settled on four translations of my original tweet: German, Polish, Turkish, and Arabic.

ENGLISH
Poland refuses to take Muslim immigrants. Can you blame them?

POLISH
Polska odmawia przyjęcia muzułmańskich imigrantów. Czy możesz ich winy?

TURKISH
Polonya, Müslüman göçmenleri almayı reddetti. Onları suçlayabilir misin?

GERMAN
Polen weigert sich, muslimische Einwanderer zu nehmen. Kannst du sie beschuldigen?

ARABIC
وترفض بولندا اتخاذ المهاجرين المسلمين. يمكنك إلقاء اللوم عليهم؟
watarfud bulanda aitikhadh almuhajirin almuslimina. yumkinuk ‘iilqa’ allawm ealayhim?

ajh

Well, I never. Ben Franklin wasn’t keen on non-British immigrants, particularly Germans into Pennsylvania.

Ben Franklin

Few of their children in the country learn English… The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages … Unless the stream of their importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

…the language so vexing to him was the German spoken by new arrivals to Pennsylvania in the 1750s, a wave of immigrants whom Franklin viewed as the “most stupid of their nation.”

ajh

Strange how fences & walls seem to work at keeping people out

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A wall on the border won’t work, they say, but the Democrats erect a four-mile long, eight-feet high fence in Philly around the site of their convention, the Wells Fargo Center, aptly named given their big business friendly duo of Hillary & Kaine.

ajh

Every day in April an average of 173 children were caught entering the country illegally & now they live here

The Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The name says it all, really.

That’s the bureaucracy behind the chaos that it is federal policy on those crossing our southern border illegally.

A unit within is the Unaccompanied Children’s Services. These folks take custody of minors who have entered the country without permission. Rather than being sent home, these kids are placed in homes throughout the country.

I doubt most Americans realize what’s happening out there. The remaking of America, the atonement for its collective sins, is well underway, just as Obama promised.

For every day in April the Border Patrol intercepted, on average, 173 children entering the United States illegally. These children were then released to the Office of Refugee Resettlement for placement in cities across America.

Look, I like kids. And I am sure their lives elsewhere are not necessarily easy or pleasant. However, that does not give them or the federal government the right to break our laws, to enter the United States and live here without going through the immigration process.

So the feds classify folks, including kids, crossing the southern border without permission as refugees? Has this been debated in the Congress? Has a law been passed declaring such? Of course not.

ajh

To My American Muslim Immigrant Friends

RECENTLY THERE WAS A FORUM in Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, for Muslims organized by the city government with the mayor in attendance. It was the typical multicultural, diversity pile of crap.

To My American
Muslim Immigrant Friends:

Please stop whining. Please stop complaining. Please remember that no one forced you to come here.

Respectfully,

Aaron

“It’s very distressing, because Islam is a very peaceful religion, and in the Quran, to take one life is as if you’ve killed the whole population. Then, you see what you see on TV and it’s just horrible.”

Yeah, being blown apart by a terrorist is a bit distressing, too, I’m sure.

I am so sick and tired of whining whiners complaining about how fearful they are. It’s so off putting.

You live in America. We have accepted you. Worship as you like. Believe as you like.

Unlike most of the Muslim world, we have freedom, and we cherish it. Threats to our way of life, primarily coming from those who claim to followers of Mohammed, are serious business.

“Approximately 35 percent of attendees reported feeling anxiety about their personal safety.”

Are Christians targeting Muslims with nail bombs in backpacks? Are citizens routinely assaulting Muslims? Are the mosques being repeatedly vandalized? No, no, and no.

Are innocents worldwide continually being murdered by Islamic radicals? Yes.

When is the last time the local imam vociferously denounced violence in a sermon? Have you read about local Muslims vocally calling out the terrorists? It’s rare.

If Islam is such a peaceful religion, then why is it so difficult to find examples?

“I feel that whenever something happens around the world, not even specifically in the United States, I am expected to give an explanation. When I go to school, when I go on play dates with my children, people do expect me to explain things that I have had nothing to do with. I think that has trickled into Seattle.”

Guess what? If you are a Muslim, then you are “a representation of Islam as a whole,” whether you want to accept that role or not. It’s the same for practicing Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs — anyone who claims to be a member of group — whether it’s a religion or not.

I admire many facets of Muslim life, including the rejection of consumerism and materialism. Family life is another. There are many admirable qualities to Islam and its adherents.

“I want them to grow up in an environment where they do not feel like outsiders. They are American, I want them to know that they can be proud Muslims and proud Americans at the same time.”

I have no problems with Muslims who have adopted our way of life. It’s those clinging to the barbarism of the past who are the problem. For those who refuse to become American, go home. Assimilate or leave!

Now, I’m just sitting here waiting for the hate mail where folks call me a bigot and demand I check my white privilege at the door.

ajh

NOTE
I submitted a parred down version of this as a Letter to the Editor of the Bellevue Reporter in response to the article.