An American Indian Reader Says the Immigration Problem Is Multiculturalism
April 18, 2006, 05:00 AM
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From:  Robert Degnen [e-mail him]

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: I'll Never Give Up

As an American Indian, Mohegan-Pequot and Cherokee, I offer my view on the immigration issue.

I share Guzzardi's trepidations on immigration especially when it comes to Muslim immigration. What we see happening in Europe are shades of things to come in America if the flow of Muslims into the U.S. is not slowed.

However, the migration of indigenous peoples from Mexico, Central and South America to the U.S. should be viewed differently.

They are the closest relatives we American Indians have. American Indians have a kinship with them because of their special relationship with our land and the indigenous peoples residing on it. 

Our southern neighbors traversed this land, through trading networks, for a thousand years before 1492. (Read Charles C. Mann's new book, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus).

We want the settlement of Mexicans, Central and South Americans facilitated, not punished. They are our brothers and sisters just like our fellow Americans.

The problem with immigration is multiculturalism. Promoting foreign cultures not native to America, thereby weakening our identity as a people, is detrimental…not the migration of indigenous peoples from the Americas. 

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Bob Degnen, a Vietnam era veteran, is a member of the National Native American Veteran's Association