Francisco's Story

Kansas City, MO
The immigration laws in place in the United States today are obsolete. If they are not replaced by more sensible immigration laws, our country will eventually also become obsolete. Every informed U.S. citizen is aware that there are many conscientious immigrants living now in the United States who possess the hardworking American spirit that makes this country a success. Many of these exceptional individuals have succeeded in American institutions of higher learning where many supposed citizens have failed. Yet, our government–of, by and for the people–fails to acknowledge their success. Some of these exceptional people, whom I am proud to call my fellow Americans, want to provide us with medical services and to protect us by joining the military. At the same time that skilled, educated, and otherwise capable people have been prevented from serving in our medical community, there has been activism to lower the standard of medical qualifications so that less qualified personnel such as nurses are responsible for duties traditionally entrusted to those who have earned the title of M.D. Choosing to employ less educated and skilled medical personnel while refusing to employ personnel who have the appropriate education and who want to work here is absurd. This lowering of the bar, while particularly egregious within the medical vocation, has led to a steep decline in the worth of American labor. As an entrepreneur, I am aware of a detrimental lack of educated professionals and talent within the so-called Midwestern states. I have searched with private equity professionals and executives with experience here and from entrepreneurial hubs such as Boston, Silicon Valley and London to find talent. We discovered that the scientific, artistic, and business talent we sought is not here. Yet, obsolete laws are preventing a conscientious, intelligent, educated, and hardworking class of people who want to work in the United States from contributing to the our nation. This is economic suicide in the competitive and increasingly global economic ecosystem of which the U.S. is a part. In addition to our former economic prosperity, I was taught that there was a time when the United States of America was a cultural leader. Robert Frost gave readings at the White House, Albert Murray expounded in brilliant prose how we are all Americans – not African-American, Irish-American, Hispanic-American, etc. During the seventies we exported great, provocative films admired by people all over the world. Long before that we created a new genre of music– Jazz. When I compare that cultural heritage to the cheap American culture I see today, I know that the United States has suffered a cultural as well as economic decline. The United States spends ≈$600,000,000,000 in military expenditures. Yet most days when I’ve looked at my surroundings, I haven’t seen anything worth a material fraction of that amount to protect. The greatness of a nation is not measured by the length (or girth, for that matter) of its military-industrial achievement. We, as a nation, need to renew ourselves. Allowing the brilliant, hardworking people who are already here to contribute to our society, in addition to proceeding with their careers as Americans, is essential to doing so. Finally and on a more personal note, it has come to my attention that there are some Americans of a provincial sort who are not only so poorly educated that they understand only one language but who are of the opinion that only English should be spoken in this nation. Although, as history has been taught in this country, the first U.S. citizens were from England; many less daft citizens have immigrated from nations other than England during the 200+ years since. Having read compositions from authors ranging from Malory to Brontë to Beckett, I appreciate English as much as any American. However, as a man who prefers variety as much in his personal relations as in his cuisine, I welcome a more educated class of Americans who can teach us new ways of speaking as well as living.