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July 23, 2005

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Leggy

We have similar issues in the US and I completely agree with you. Most of the jobs taken by immigrants are ones ones you can't find Americans to fill- and its not just "unskilled" labor at the airport. Some doctors in our inner cities are from other countries because many doctors in this country don't want to serve the Medicaid (health coverage for the poor in the US) population.

I think sometimes people forget that at one point, all our ancestors were immigrants. Yes, there maybe abuses that occur, but most people are just trying to build a better life for themselves and their families.

bp

i live one exit from mexico, outside a military helicopter base.

they do runs to check on the people coming in from the other side.

everything you stated about canada californians complain about also.

i don't even know where to 'draw the line'. is it wrong for a human being to want to live like one? to have their children registered as nationals when it will give them a better ife?

i don't think so.

but at the same time, i hate supporting the welfare mindset.

Auntie P

Hmmm, this is a bit of a ticking time bomb.... I have seen first hand how the asians bring their parents here ,,, dump them in the health case system and leave us to pick up the tab. We the taxpayers then spend $$ on translators, housing, medical aid, as well as providing them with beds and amenities that were paid for by other seniors who worked their whole lives to secure a comfortable future for themselves. I have seen cases where a foreigner has gotten a private bed in a nursing home over a vetran Canadian, and cases where foreigners have obtained better access to MRI's, CT scans and such and have left those who have been waiting for months,, fuming as they continue to wait their turn in line.
I do agree that yes we need to have immigration active, BUT much more STRICT policy and ENFORECEMENT needs to be put into place to try and stop the abuse that we witness in this day and age.
I am rambling... maybe one day I will be able to write what I am thinking.. until then its just a cloudy dreary Sunday morning,....
AP

Maggs

Ditto to what Leggy said.

becca

Hi Tess - I was just reading about a Canadian miniseries about immigration called "Human Cargo" that's supposed to be very good. Not sure if it's available on DVD, but you might like it.

perceval

That's a tricky one - to what extent do you want/force immigrants to become Canadian? How does Canada handle honour killings and veiled women?

And to what extent have you and Charles adapted to Hong Kong culture?

perceval

Jess

Ah - but that is the Canadian way, isn't it? It's what makes this country so diverse and tolerant!

From my experience living here in Vancouver, I think that some people get frustrated because a lot of immigrants do not embrace the Canadian way of life. They move here and remain segregated from society and attempt to recreate Hong Kong right here in Vancouver. I'm all for diversity. And I am thrilled for immigrants to maintain a connection to their roots, keep their customs, and teach their children their culture. I would love to learn about their culture. However, I DO think that they need to become somewhat integrated into the Canadian culture. And they DO need to learn the language.

Being an immigrant myself about 11 years ago from a little country down under on the continent of Africa, I can see both sides of this story. I am deeply connected to my culture and my roots, but I am also very proud to be Canadian, and am fully immersed in the Canadian way of life (including contributing to taxes and healthcare!).

I guess it's a matter of where you consider home is. Is home your new country or your birth country? It can be both. But when you don't feel that your new country is really home, then you try to recreate your birth country within your new country. And it really doesn't work too well!

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