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Submitted by Sigmund (United States), Sep 25, 2013 at 11:05

I think you're right. Though I won't pretend to know enough to enunciate an overall immigration policy for the United States, If we play our cards correctly we can use immigrataion to our advantage. Though many complain about the undocumented aliens coming in from the South, most of them are from a Catholic or Pentocostal background. A sensible policy would be to cherry pick from these admitting a sufficient number to revitalize our country with younger workers. Granted that there would be adjustment problems, as there are now with immigrants from those regions, but they are problems more easily dealt with. Though I am not Christian myself, I have to admit that our nation's founders were at least nominally Christian and the Christian mindset generally integrates quite successfully with American culture even at the lower socioeconomic levels.

But we also can admit the highly educated and culturally sophisticated professionals and business people from Muslim countries. I realize that an occasional one of those, such as Nidal Hassan, has committed acts of terrorism but this is very rare and I believe that Hassan's behavior pattern should have been picked up by the Army at an early stage. I work every day with Muslim scientific and medical professionals and most of them are very well integrated into American society and are making significant contributions to it. But I agree that we need to look at the underlying culture, which is somewhat bound up with the religion but also partially separate. In particular, we should be very wary of taking Syrian refugess and if we virtually have to take a token number we should screen them very carefully.

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