DRC_Ramiro Valdez

Ramiro Valdez

This immigration issue has become a hot item, yeah? Leading the charge is our esteemed president and the four women known as “The Squad.” They publicly accuse each other of all manner of atrocities in regards to immigration. They now have international attention.

Then we had some Democrats visit the Border Patrol’s holding center in Clint and observe all sorts of dearth and squalor and proclaim that it is the Republicans’ fault because they won’t let the Democrats run things the right way.

This was followed by a Republican visit to the very same place, and they found that there were supplies aplenty and neatness and orderliness and proclaimed that the existence of these holding centers is the Democrats’ fault because they won’t let the Republicans run things the right way.

And have you seen the film clip that’s making the rounds on the internet? It is President Ronald Reagan’s last speech as president where he says we need to keep the doors to America open to immigrants. You can Google it: “President Reagan’s last speech as president.” It is quite emotional and heartfelt.

Plus National Geographic magazine dedicated this month’s issue to “A World on the Move” and highlights several areas around the world where immigration has become a problem.

Yes, Central Americans in the U.S. are included in the articles, along with the Rohingyas in Myanmar and the Africans in Spain. And recently I read about the Uighurs in China and the Yazidis in Iraq. There are immigration problems all over the world.

It seems that human beings have always been on the move, ever since we first stood on two feet and left Herto Bouri in the savannas of Africa.

We cannot deny that virtually every person on Planet Earth is a migrant; it’s just a matter of how long ago your family moved. Native Americans, for instance, came to Texas about 14,000 years ago; yet even they came from somewhere else. The Spaniards and the French came to Texas about 500 years ago; the Germans and the Polish about 200; the Scotch and the Irish about 150 years ago.

Some immigrants came to Texas as recently as yesterday, but all of us, yes, every mother’s son and daughter, came here from somewhere else.

I had one of those DNA studies done on myself and found that my family has been in South Texas for over 300 years. The cutoff is due to the strength of the DNA testing, not the stay of my family.

If you do one of those DNA studies, I bet you’re going to find that your family came from somewhere else, and pretty recently at that. Then why are some of the children of immigrants so against immigration? Could it be our nature? Yes, it probably is.

You see, cavemen and cavewomen learned to trust people who looked like themselves because this usually meant they were members of the same clan. If they looked different, it was best to be on guard. Clan members shared goods and protection. Non-members usually came to steal. But is such an instinct still necessary?

I think it needs to die along with other tired old ideas like the belief that men are smarter than women; that homosexuality is a sickness; and that skin color determines intelligence. Or that anyone who disagrees with you is insane.

What do you think?

RAMIRO VALDEZ has been a frequent guest columnist in the Denton Record-Chronicle and is a retired area counselor. He welcomes feedback and suggestions via letters to the editor or emailed to rambam.valdez@gmail.com.

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