Immigration from Iraq

  1. "Little Saigon" is a 45 minute drive from my home.
    Do you think we will welcome or even allow Iraqi people to immigrate to the USA?

    I like to patronize small businesses. One is owned by a family from Iraq who left in the 1980s. Mike, who used to be Mohammed, told me before the 1st Gulf war, "We did not like war, do not like the president(That was SH and at the time he was our ally.) He is not my President. Ronald Reagan is my President"

    Mike is a friendly man with a soft accent. His Dad speaks no English, but smiles as he works. Mom wears a shaw and is either shy, frightened, or unfriendly.
    On some weekends and after school his beautiful wife brings their AMERICAN kids. Delightful. well behaved, and friendly they do their homework and discuss the latest Disney movie.

    Do you think this will happen?
    Do you think European countries will welcome of allow immigration from Iraq?
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    No I don't. I think we have a really hard time differentiating any Arab from terrorists right now and if they are allowed in they will have a tough time integrating into society in general because of this. The only way they can really fit in is if they completely Americanize themselves (like by taking American names for instance) which is a tough condition to deal with.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Apr 5, '03
  4. by   nursenoelle
    I cannot imagine why not. There are thousands of Iraqis in the US now, many who have a political voice, like the Iraqi National Commitee. Recently, I saw a story on the news about young Iraqi-Americans who where involved in a recruitment drive to help the US effort, by doing non-combat jobs like translation. Many voiced that they would love to return to thier country, after it was liberated.
  5. by   jnette
    I would like to think so.
  6. by   Furball
    I would LOVE to have the Iraqi couple who helped pvt Lynch as a neighbor, but I believe I read that he wants to stay in Iraq once Hussein is gone. I have also spoken with other Iraqi's who cannot WAIT to return to their homeland once Hussein is gone.

    I hope we would carefully allow Iraqi's to immigrate. (background checks like I got when applying for a hospital job, at least)

    The Vietnamese immigrants I knew back in the 70's were part of an incredible group of people, for the most part. Highly motivated, family and education oriented. I hope history repeats it's self in this regard.
  7. by   semstr
    Why should the European countries NOT "allow" the Iraqis to come?
    BTW, they are here already, not as much refugees as estimated, but the first arrived a few weeks ago.
    They managed to get out in very dangerous ways!
    Our President and his wife called up for money to help the people of Iraq after this war. ( )