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Kenneth Tellis

The Worthy Immigrant and citizen
By Kenneth T. Tellis
Mar 12, 2014 - 6:05:10 AM

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I have mulled over the issue of what immigrants become worthy citizens for many years and at last found what makes them so.

Among these I feel were the German Immigrant John Peter Zenger and Thomas Paine the British Immigrant. But, I must first give credit to the British Immigrants John Smith, John Rolfe and the others that followed them to that settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, which became the birthplace of the United States of America. THE EARLY immigrants came to American Colonies to not only to plant their roots but to offer and contribute their skills as artisans and experts in the various trades to build hamlets, villages, towns and cities that were to leave their mark on history. The Immigrants to New England brought with them not only their inordinate skills, but their cuisine, like Boston Beans, from Boston Stump, Roast Beef, Sausages and various other dishes from all parts England, Scotland and Ireland.

These early Immigrant took a gamble, but by their contribution and selfless dedication to their new lands made possible the America that one sees today as a success. They did come as Immigrants to take but to give their all to the land of their adoption. But is a far cry from the Immigrants of today that come expecting to receive all the benefits of the new country, rather than to make a contribution to it.

If the new Immigrant arrives, he/she must have the skills to adapt to their new environment, and one of the greatest of these skills is language. When coming to America or any English-speaking country the skill that is most required is only being able to not only speak and understand English but to comprehend its nuances. That by itself makes the new Immigrant fit into society without much ado and the government does not have to pay for the Immigrant to receive lessons in English and get a job.

The costs of educating an Immigrant should not be borne by a government, but by the Immigrants themselves. Thus if an Immigrant wants to welcomed by a new country, they should take the first step by becoming fluent in the language of the country where they hope to settle. But, this has not been the case at all, wherein certain countries permit and help Immigrants without any language skills to enter without being conversant in the language spoken in the country that they are immigrating to. This puts a load on the country that is accepting these unqualified Immigrants who offer nothing and expect all the benefits of their new country without making any effort on their part, with actually shows their lack of good faith, and that is not the idea of Immigrating at all.

Thus, if you really want to Immigrate, you should take the first step in that direction by learning the language of the country that you hope to settle in, which would make it easier for you to fit into that society. Do not expect the new country to give you all that it can, without you first offering your best to it.

Remember the choice is still yours to make. And the right choice benefits you and the country that welcomes you as a newcomer.

Kenneth T. Tellis

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