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Letter: Nation of immigrants can do better
Immigrants are helped by a volunteer at the bus station after they were processed and released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Friday, June 22, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. - photo by Associated Press

Are you a Native American, i.e., American Indian, or do you have ancestors who were? No? What that means is that you have ancestors (slaves are excluded) who emigrated to the United States from various parts of the world, most notably Europe. They were not murderers, rapists, drug or sex traffickers. They came to this country because they wanted a better life and they wanted to be free.

Why is it, then, that we are currently so afraid of immigration? Let me try to explain.

The majority of people in Hall County and surrounding areas are WASPs — White, Anglo-Saxon Protestants — with a good share of ecumenicals. 

Unfortunately, many of these people are not really satisfied with themselves. They have full-blown narcissistic tendencies; they show a pattern of grandiosity (both real and imagined), need for admiration and a lack of empathy. To put it another way, they do not take responsibility for themselves, especially regarding negativity. 

They pray a lot, not for heroes, but for victims of crime, accidents or sickness. And, of course, they pray for themselves and their families. 

Their problems are caused by anyone who differs from them in any way, shape or form. They worship their hero, the consummate narcissist, who is going to make America great again — for WASPs.

The United States of America is the finest country in the world. It was built by immigrants, our ancestors. Can we allow millions more to come? Of course. We have plenty of room. They just want a better life: to work, to be educated or to escape the horrific conditions of their homelands. We need a fair and just comprehensive immigration system.

In the meantime, maybe we can learn to like ourselves enough so that we can like others who might be a little bit different than us. 

Maybe we can create a better life for ourselves and our progeny. After all, our ancestors did that for us.

Peter McDonald