On Sunday March 12, 2017, Iowa Republican Representative Steve King twitted the following, “Wilders [a Twitter page] understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” This controversial statement was received majorly with hostility but surprisingly a few political leaders remain supportive of his claims. Those few political leaders also happen to be governing our nation and have the power to influence our nation’s policies. We are currently living in an era where anti-immigration rhetoric, like that of Rep. King, has become common.
It has become a common and natural activity for certain people, like Rep. King, to blame the world’s problems on a particular culture or demographic. This is not the first time he has expressed his concerns to save Western civilization from the attacks of foreign immigrants. He intensely supports the need to build a wall on the U.S. border and to ban Islamic immigrants from entering the U.S. Despite understanding his claims, our blogs ideologies do not support his statement. The United States of America was established by “somebody else’s babies.”
Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding father’s, was the son of an English immigrant. Josiah Franklin (Benjamin’s father) was born in England and emigrated to the U.S. in the 17th century. Without Mr. Franklin’s migration, one of the keystones of our independence movement would not have called himself American. In fact, all of our founding fathers were sons or grandsons of immigrants who came to America for the promises of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Our America was established by “someone else’s baby.” Benjamin Franklin was not the only child of an immigrant that shaped our nation. Immigrants like foreign born physicist Albert Einstein enlightened our world with his knowledge. Alexander Hamilton, the founder of America’s financial system, was also foreign born. Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant. His multi-billion dollar company has produced technological devices that have changed our generation.
We do not need to restore our civilization because it was never destroyed in the first place. Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Alexander Hamilton and Steve Jobs are only a few of the immigrants, or sons of immigrants, that have changed our world for the better. They were someone else’s babies of immigrants who were taught right from wrong and contributed to the world they were living in. Their diversity is not our demise but our salvation.