Let’s open our arms, eyes and minds

Believe it or not, we live a country that offers a lot more opportunities and freedoms for people than many other countries do. For this reason, among a plethora of others, people want to come to the United States for a better life.

I am an educator and I have the privilege to work with the children of many of the people the April 22 letter, “Opening arms to immigrants has hurt Marshalltown,” alluded to. If a person were to sit down and have a candid conversation these people, they may realize their reasons for coming to Marshalltown may be the same as any human being would have. Many of the Southeast Asian cultures came in order to leave a place where they may be killed simply because of their ethnicity.

Additionally, you don’t need to listen to the world news for too long before you hear a story about the dangerous conditions in Mexico or other Hispanic countries. Call me crazy, but I think most human beings would do whatever they needed to do to make sure their families were safe.

The article points a finger directly at Hispanics being the issue for Marshalltown. While Marshalltown’s population does have a high number of Hispanics, there are also other races such as Burmese, Zomi, Sudanese, Chin, Karen, Karenni, African Americans, Native Americans, Caucasians, Dominicans, Sierra Leoneans … you get the picture. So then, if the town is so diverse, how can just one ethnic group be the issue?

Finally, when you do a quick search of the most spoken languages in the world, you will see that English continually falls short on being at the top and Spanish may be ranked higher than English, depending on the site. Furthermore, the website www.pewsocialtrends.org has a thought-provoking 2012 article titled; “Explaining Why Minority Births Now Outweigh White Births.” It says that sooner rather than later, Hispanics will outnumber non-Hispanics because they have higher birthrates. What does this probably mean for the Spanish signs stated as unreadable in the April 22 article?

There will be more and chances are in more languages than just Spanish. The bottom line is that our world is ever-shifting, and there are bad eggs and people who don’t follow the rules in every nook and cranny of this world. Maybe we can all open our arms, eyes and minds to what’s coming.