Last week, I noticed a blog post about immigration and the right of movement. I found this blog post very interesting as I had been doing some research on the idea of immigration and the responsibilities of the citizen. The final point that was made within the blog post reiterated my same thoughts, that often times foreigners are deemed as foreign without giving them a proper chance to contribute to a society. The foreign label strips the person of their equal rights as human beings. This depiction of a human less than deserving of equal rights does not allow for people to even give them a chance of being respected and emphasizes the divide between a foreigner and a nation. With the issues of immigration so public within our own society, this idea raises a few questions: Can foreigners ever become a part of a nation? If so, how? What are the steps to allowing foreigners into a society without creating a divide between the citizens and the immigrants? Finally, if there are ways, where is the ending? How do we stop everyone from coming?
The last questions I am still having struggles answering, but in regard to the first couple I think there are a few issues that can be addressed regarding foreigners. First, there is the issue of perspectives. Nations want to keep their own identity and keep the security of their citizens in mind. This furthers the idea of the social contract and maintaining a political unity within a country. Citizens are proud of the success of their members and take pride in their country. These are contributing factors as to why foreigners would be interested in being a part of the country and why they would choose to move from their homes to some place unknown. It is through recognizing the foreigners perspectives that one can see why they chose to be there. Countries, like the United States, provide people with hope, a chance to succeed, and the possibility to contribute to society. Through first recognizing the human rights of foreigners, citizens can seem them as equal human being with the capacities similar to themselves. Once, this has been established, there must be some form of education that can teach the foreigners how to be a part of the nation. There are many differences that keep them apart, but through education, I am willing to say that foreigners will be more confident in trying to maintain a nation’s identity. If foreigners are willing and trying to contribute to the nation, the citizens will be more likely to accept them within their country. From acceptance, there will be a sense of respect and the people of the country will appreciate the originality that comes with foreigners while still identifying them as fellow citizens.
If this argument could be taken as valid, how is a country able to decide who would stay in their country? How can the nation be in accordance with the declaration of human rights, while maintaining a national identity?