In defense of immigrants from “Third World Countries”

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By

Sami Jamil Jadallah

The other day, a friend of mine complained to me about America’s need for “White Immigrants” and that America needs these and not immigrants from “Third World Countries”, which prompted me to write this article.

America has for a long time been a country of immigrants, mainly from Europe, U.S. immigration for a great period of time favoring and being tailored to accommodate white immigrants from Europe.

Of course, the economic and political situations in Europe changed over the years especially after the end of World War II, with Europe undergoing a big construction boom and with the establishment of the European Union allowing and funding many marginal and poor countries to improve its social and economic standards like Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. Then came the fall of the Soviet Union and the great efforts of the EU to uplift many of these former Soviet republics like Poland, Hungary, Romanian, the Baltic States, the need for immigrations from Europe slowing down.

For the most part, countries that have been the major source of “White Immigrants” like England, Germany, Scandinavia, Ireland, prosper over the years and now enjoy much higher standards of living than that of the U.S.

Why would anyone from Europe emigrate to the U.S. when most if not all have a standard of living that is the envy of most states in America, especially the poor states in Appalachia, the South and the Mountain States with European citizens enjoying universal health coverage, pension and retirement, 30 days vacation, less than 40 hours a week, free child care, paid maternity leave and free college education? Why would anyone in their right mind want to emigrate to America when Americans are denied these benefits, not to mention quality schools, irrespective of whether the neighborhood is poor or with mixed populations?

Of course, my friend is afraid that “Third World immigrants” may have an adverse impact on his lifestyle and his standards of living. Well, we don’t.

Not to disappoint my friend, but his ills and that of tens of millions of “White Americans” are not due to the “Brown” immigrants from the Middle East, or the Far East or even from Latin America? The ills and misfortunes of “White Americans” are directly caused by America’s “White Institutions” from Congress to Wall Street to major corporations. It is “White America” that is in charge of the misfortune of “White” Main Street America.

Let us for a moment visit what happened to America since the end of the war.

America until WWII was basically an agrarian country with agriculture as the basic industry with mostly small manufacturing and mining industries, which we have seen and lived during the Great Depression.

Roosevelt’s New Deal and WWII came as a blessing for all Americans with the demands and needs of the war, transforming America into a major industrial, military and economic power, which it continues to enjoy today.

Millions of returning war veterans came back to full employment in factories that converted from war industries to civilian industries turning out anything and everything from housing construction materials to cars, home appliances, radios, TVs, to vacuum cleaners among many other consumer goods.

Major factories such as the automotive industries experienced a boom not seen in generations with “America on Wheels” everywhere. Industries such as “steel” also enjoyed a boom with the U.S. Steel of Gary, Indiana (my hometown) which had 40,000 employees working three shifts, as well as major steel companies like Inland Steel of East Chicago, Bethlehem Steel and cities like Youngstown, Ohio, and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania all enjoying a big boom. Cities like St. Louis, and Everett, Washington enjoyed a big boom with the introduction of jet travel as the preferred mode of transport in America, now the basis of major military and commercial aviation.

That is how Main Street “White America” was enjoying its “Middle-Class” status with the head of household having only a high school education, working in these factories and able to own a house, have two cars, afford to send his kids to college, etc. Yes, these were the glorious days of high school educated “White Middle Class” America.

All that changed and thanks to America’s White Establishment, through its political, economic and tax policies, it deprived White Middle Class America not only of its jobs but its dignity and honor as well.

White Middle-Class America got the short end of the stick. National and international economies changed and with it major industries, which were the solid base for White Middle-Class America, moved overseas through a series of tax incentives and other policies instituted by America’s Congress, its very own “White Institution”, add to that another White America’s Institution, the U.S. Presidency.

President Reagan, while being labeled as the “icon” and darling of “White America”, was the one who truly failed “White America”. It was his tenure that saw the greatest shift in America’s economies and during this America began to witness a series of “looting” taxpayers in favor of big powerful “White” corporations. He was too busy making America feel great but never bothered to address the issues of the loss of job, and the urgent need to “re-train” America for the new international economies. Upto now, not Congress, nor the presidency addressed these big major social and economic issues.

The demise of the White Middle-Class America began with Ronald Reagan and was not caused by Barack Obama, though he is at fault by bailing out big time “White” institutions such as Wall Street and the automobile industry.

The General Accounting Office, after reviewing the collapsed “Saving and Loan” industry in 1996, reported that taxpayers ended up paying $132.1 billion to bail out “White” owned saving and loan banks.

The looting of taxpayers continued with Ronald Reagan’s deregulations of airlines. While saving consumers $5-$10 billion annually in ticket fares, more than a trillion shareholder assets disappeared with the demise of such American icons like TWA, Pan American, Eastern, National and Braniff airlines.

Over the years American owned “White” institutions saw the biggest fraud cases in U.S. history with shareholders losing over $180 billion in investor’s assets due to fraudulent accounting by the management of WorldCom and the loss of 30,000 jobs.

Of course, all of us remember ENRON with big friends in the White House that looted $70 billion in shareholders equity and pensions, and looted California consumers out of tens of billions in overcharges.

Another “White” big time business was HealthSouth inflated earnings by $1.4 billion and the only reason the “White” CEO was caught is because he sold $75 million the day before the case broke into the open. He was acquitted on all 36 federal charges.

“White” not “Brown Immigrants” also committed the biggest Medicare fraud cases in U.S. history with Columbia/HCA headed by “White” Rick Scott (Governor of Florida) paying $1.7 billion in fines. Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.2 billion “for improper promotion of certain drugs (2013) and Pfizer settled for $2.3 billion (2009), GlaxoSmithKline settling for $3 billion (2012).

The president (White) of Tyco did not fare well, he was convicted of looting the company out of $150 million and investors lost $2.92 billion.

Then came the biggest financial fraud in US history. No thanks to Bill Clinton (White) who working with America’s White Congress and “White” Wall Street, repealed the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 which directly contributed to the collapse of the entire American Financial Institutions (White).

“White America” bailed out big time crooks of  “White” Wall Street to the tune of $800 billion. Bailing out companies like American Insurance Group under the leadership of its chairman Hank Greenberg (White) after it declared $61.7 billion in losses, though the company for many years was paying fines because of its standard cheating. $10 million in 2003, $115 million to Louisianan Pension Fund and $725 million to Ohio Pension Funds. Ironically no one went to jail and it paid its executives $165 million in bonus.

“White” America took care of its own, with Lehman Brothers hiding $50 billion in losses and booking it as “sales”, in the same year being named as the most admired security firm.

It is not surprising that none of the executives responsible for the financial crises of 2007 went to jail, and this proves that “White” America takes care of its own. America’s White Congress allowed Wall Street to charge $100 billion in legal fees fighting the tens of millions of consumers cheated and thrown out of their homes rather than force “White” Wall Street to compensate the tens of millions who lost their homes, pensions, and jobs.

Of course there are many “White” great companies that uplifted millions of Americans and made America the great country it is, companies and business leadership like Bill Gates and Microsoft, Steve Job and Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Larry Ellison of Oracle, and companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop, General Electric that makes America very proud.

Oh, sorry I kept going on and on about “White” America as the root cause of the anger and frustration of “White” Main Street and rural America.

Please “White America” don’t blame “Brown Immigrants” for the loss of 5.5 million manufacturing jobs, and it is not the “Brown Immigrants” that caused the closing of 500,000 main street shops in rural America to make China have the most billionaires in the world, it is your very own Wal-Mart, and don’t blame “Brown Immigrants” because there are over $4 trillion in corporate profits sitting in offshore accounts; blame it on your own “White Congress” being the best money can buy.

It is not the poor hard working Latinos who are the cause of your problem and the cause of “White” America losing its economic powers with Latinos working in back breaking jobs in construction, agriculture and food service industries.

Certainly, it is not the hard working and smart Asians with several families living together, taking care of their families so they can go to the best schools and universities in America.

And it is not the Indian immigrants whose families work in dangerous areas so they can afford to send their kids to the best schools and universities.

For sure it is not the Arab or Muslim Americans whose family values help produce some outstanding professionals in engineering, medicine, sciences and IT that are the cause of the misfortune of “White” Americans. The misfortune of White America lies with the White Institutions of America.

Like you, we “Brown Immigrants” work hard, pay our taxes and don’t “mooch’ on free government services, many of us not on welfare or food stamps. We are your partners, not your enemies. That is why it is up to you to team together and change the very “White Institutions” that are the cause of your anger and frustration. Time to stop complaining and get back to work. There is much hard work in construction, agriculture and the food industries. American can use more doctors, engineers and IT specialists. Roll up your sleeves and stop complaining about us “Brown Third World Country” immigrants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sami Jamil Jadallah

Sami Jamil Jadallah, is a Palestinian-America, a Veteran of the US Army (66-66) he holds a BA (72), MPA/School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence (77) from Indiana University.

With over 35 years of international legal and business experience with wide range of responsibilities from legal associate as on the major Wall Street law firm, to general counsel for one the largest civil and electro-mechanical construction company in Saudi Arabia, to director of a defense and marketing company in Switzerland to owner representative of major hotel project in Tangier to managing director of a major airline agency in Morocco and founder, trustee and managing director of a major conservation foundation in Morocco.

Sami also has experience with technology holder of two US patents for the use of smart card technology for tracking operation and maintenance of machine and founder of a start up company and continue to consult for international organizations and clients.

Sami is engaged on Pro-Bono work for the New Arab Foundation and its initiative the Arab Peace Corps and the Veterans Housing & Education Foundation, both are not for profit, tax-exempt organization. He lives in Fairfax, VA.

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