Re: Should we allow Iraqis a chance to come to the US?
Heck, yeah, let 'em immigrate.
Look at how we treated the Native American interpreters in the frontier wars, the Philippine Scouts in WWII, the South Vietnamese & Hmong in Vietnam, the Kurds...
My FIL worked with a couple South Vietnamese expats when they left Saigon for the Washington bureau of CBS. They were doing a great job acculturating, learning the technology, rescuing as many family/relatives as they could, and sucking up as much overtime as they could handle. Life was good.
Then one day my FIL was kvetching about a property deal and one of the guys asked what he was talking about. My FIL said the look on his face was priceless as he realized that an American bank would lend money to just about anyone with a job and let them buy property with only 20% down, other nonprofit organizations would help then get set up in business, and the American govt would subsidize their taxes. It took him a couple months to verify all the foolish things he was hearing.
He still enjoys being a CBS cameraman but now he's also running the family corporation of a couple restaurants, a few apartment buildings, and several fine retail outlets. The next generation has taken most of the reins and is raising the future employees & executives. He doesn't work overtime anymore...
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