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Letter: Immigrants are the key to solving labor shortages

Mark Kummer of Fargo writes, "Our government needs a comprehensive immigration plan that properly vets asylum seekers, helps the immigrants find work, and educates the public on the value of immigrants."

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Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. She didn't say the fish hook, pottery, or some form of technology, she said a "mended femur." The mended femur represented the fact that someone had taken care of the person with the broken leg, and that in the animal kingdom a broken leg meant sure death. Compassion for others is the essential ingredient for a civilized culture.

The United States is a very generous country. According to the Charities Aid Foundation; 58% of Americans helped a stranger last year, 45% of Americans donated money to charities, and 26% of Americans volunteered their time to a charity. Our national, state, and local governments are being extremely supportive in giving aid to the victims of our latest hurricanes. Many private charities are also involved. We have a very giving culture in America.

In every generation there has been some anti-immigrant sentiments. This seems odd because unless you are American Indian, you are descended from immigrants. Today we have immigrants coming to our border to seek asylum from war, economic catastrophes, drug lords, and often certain death. Bobby Kennedy said, "There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed."

Have you been watching the Help Wanted signs around Fargo? They're offering $17 an hour to work at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants, $15.50 to $19.50 to sort packages at UPS, and many businesses are closing or curtailing their hours because of a lack of workers. We have room for many workers in Fargo.

Our government needs a comprehensive immigration plan that properly vets asylum seekers, helps the immigrants find work, and educates the public on the value of immigrants.

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"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

Mark Kummer lives in Fargo.

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