One of my biggest pet peeves is people always talking negative about something but never doing anything about it. Yet again I was listening to the news on TV and they were bashing President Trump. Now before you go and bash me or shut down this blog. I don't necessarily agree with what he is doing. I don't necessarily disagree with it either though. But hear me out.
With all of the negative talk about ISIS and terrorism, people are running scared. You can't go to a concert or baseball game without worrying about your safety anymore. It's no wonder Americans want our borders closed to any one new. What if there was a better way to treat the immigrants coming into our country.
Just this past week I went on vacation to my home state of South Dakota and visited the Ellsworth Air Force Base located just outside of Box Elder, South Dakota. I was able to tour the base and it gave me an idea. On this base is 11,000 acres of land which is plenty of room to house at least 10,000 people both families and single people.
A Small Community
An air force base is a small community in which the residents are able to live such as get their groceries, bowl, play ball, hospital, movie theater, gas station, auto repair shop, library, YMCA, place of worship, and other amenities as needed. Children also go to the local school system for school.
Housing on a military base is also similar to a small community with small apartments/dorms to 4 bedroom houses. This could house families along with single people.
People are monitored in and out of the base. In order to tour the base, we had to have our driver's licenses checked along with a background check. Until immigrants or refugees obtained citizenship or legal status, they would live on the base and have to check in and out.
When immigrants come into the United States illegally, they have do whatever they can to find work such as sex trafficking, drugs, working long hours with little pay, among other things. If we used the military bases that are closed, immigrants would be able to come to the United States legally without looking for an illegal way. Once here they would learn English, find a job, go to college, earn citizenship, etc. We could reopen the bases to welcome the immigrants to provide a safe home for them.
There are regulations for everything including how to take care of your yard and the cleanliness of your house. I was able to look up the housing contract online and it was 56 pages long. The regulations are strict, yes, but necessary for a large group of people living in a small area with large turnover. Once they find permanent housing and legal status, then they can follow their own living arrangements off of the base.
Benefits for Americans
In order to help immigrants, we would need more jobs for Americans to provide those services. This includes jobs such as construction, building managers, engineers, housekeepers, teachers, doctors, professors, retail workers, etc.
Show Me the Money
You're probably wondering where is the money for this. There is already money set aside for immigrant to get a good home and a job. But instead of giving them a check, we would be helping them find a job or how to become an entrepreneur based on the skills they already had. Just like the saying "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a life time." Allowing immigrants/refugees to come into this country legally and teaching them the necessary skills to be successful in this country will help America be great again.
My name is Stena Schmitt.
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