Just what the immigration policy of the United States should be remains unresolved. The immigration system is broken as it exists. But in a depressed economy where joblessness and fear rule the day, tolerance takes a beating.
Just what is your immigration tolerance quotient? It is a measure of how you view foreigners who come to the United States to work, live, raise families, and for many of us to eventually become American citizens. The higher your numerical quotient the more tolerant you are of people who are different, who you may not know and how valuable you consider immigrants both contemporaneously and historically. This is a measure of toleration and acceptance of others and their value as human beings, your ability to move in a variety of environments and your level of trust and ability to reach out to others.
Answer the following questions as honestly as you can so that you will know how you measure up. And then check your results at the end and see what your quotient is:
1. Do you refer to immigrants who violate existing U.S. immigration law and are otherwise law-abiding as undocumented or illegals?
2. React to this statement: undocumented or illegal immigrants make a positive contribution to the strength of the United States.
3. If you had to decide which immigrant to admit to the United States, one who was of color, or one who is of white caucasian of European ancestry and knew nothing else who would you admit?
a) the person of color
b) the white European
C) skin color and ancestry are not a basis for a decision
4. Name a Latino-American leader in United States History and their profession and contribution to our nation.
a) Could name a person, their profession and contribution correctly
B) Could not name such person and the added information
5. Do you have a real friend who is of another color than you are and a good relationship with this person.
C) Yes, and I have multiple friendly relationships
6. React to this statement: Historically, immigration in any numbers has weakened the United States rather than strengthened us.
7. Do you see undocumented or illegal immigrants as a net gain for the United States or a net loss.
a) a net gain
b) a net loss
8. Which is more important?
a) enforcing the law and punishing the undocumented or illegals
b) welcoming them and providing a path to citizenship
9. Which do you favor most:
a) toughening immigration requirements and limiting immigration both legal and illegal or undocumented
b) recognizing that millions of illegal or undocumented citizens are already here and providing a means to document them and make them citizens
10. Does putting up a high fence all across the Rio Grande and drastically increasing patrols of our Southern border have your support?
11. Do you see illegal or undocumented workers as taxpaying members of the American public?
a) I did not prior to this question
b) I did prior to this question and still do
12. Should the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution be amended to deny citizenship to children born here or within the territories of the United States when they were brought here by non-citizens?
13. Should the United States be more restrictive on granting visas for foreigners to visit the United States?
14. Should illegal or undocumented immigrants be deported automatically due to their violation of the law without regard to the fact their children have grown up in the United States by birth and consider themselves United States citizens and Americans first?
15. Do you favor the Dream Act, where illegal or undocumented students living and studying in the United States may go to college and complete their studies or serve in the United States Military as a path to citizenship?
16. How uncomfortable do you feel when you, regardless of race, ethnic background or immigration or citizenship status are in a group of people or a neighborhood where you are distinctly in the minority due to these characteristics?
a) perfectly comfortable
b) somewhat uncomfortable but OK with it
c) very uncomfortable
d) I just do not put myself in those situations: I cannot stand it
17. Have you ever considered that we share an even longer border with Canada to our North than with Mexico to our South and our border patrol efforts there are distinctly low tempo; that many white Caucasians come into the United States on visas and overstay them and become just as illegal or undocumented as any Hispanic or Latino person?
a) I just never thought of that
b) I have thought of it and wondered
c) I’m fully aware of it and it concerns me as much as violating the law along the Rio Grande
d) I’m fully aware of it and I have the same attitude of welcoming these people as positive contributors to our nation though documentation is needed
18. Do you think Mosques and Temples for Muslims and Hindus should be just as protected and welcomed in your community as are Christian churches and Jewish synagogues?
18. How tolerant would you say you are toward foreigners, people of a different skin color than yours, people of a different socio-economic background or a different cultural or religious background?
c) I am neutral on these things and suppress thinking of them
d) not at all
19) Does the Christian Bible or the Judaic Torah support or deny the command of God (whether or not you are of that faith or not of faith)
to welcome the stranger and care for them and open your home to them?
a) yes it is a positive command in scriptures of these faiths
b) no it is not
c) I don’t know or don’t care
20. How much did immigrants contribute to the United States and how much do you value your immigrant past?
a) a great deal and I value it just as much
b) somewhat and I recognize there is value in my own experience
c) not at all, it is not the issue
d) immigration to the United States has not helped us but brought crime and imposes a disportionate strain on social services
e) the breaking of U.S. law and the need to punish these people is paramount
1. a) +5 b) -5 2. a) +5 b) -5 3. +3 b)-3 c) +5 4. a) +5 b)-5 5. a) +5 b) -5 C +10 6. a) -5 B) +5 C) +10 6. a)-5 b) +5 7. a) +5 b)-5 8. a) 0 b) +5 9. a) -5 b) +5 10. a) -5 b) +5 11. a) -5 b) +5 12. a) -5 b) +5 13. a) 0 b) +5 14. a) 0 b +5 15. a) -5 b) +5 16. a) +20 b) +10 c) -10 d) -20 17. a) -20 b) -5 c) 0 d) +20 18. a) +5 b) -5 19. a) +10 b)-10 c) 0 20. +20 b) +15 c) 0 d) -20.
Note: On some questions those valuing the rule of law and respect for law were not penalized. That value is a product of a civilized person and does not necessarily indicate someone who is decidedly intolerant across the board. Therefore, a zero point value was placed there. This measuring stick is looking for tolerance and does not measure respect for the rule of law. If it did the zero number values on some responses would have been considerably higher.
IMMIGRATION TOLERANCE SCORES:
185 points to 150: Excessively tolerant but whose complaining? You are just shy of Mother Theresa and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in your tolerance and acceptance of the foreigner and immigrant both undocumented and documented. Congratulations on having a high immigration tolerance quotient! Just don’t get too cocky about it though.
145 points to 100: You are tolerant and a moral person who is able to comfortably reach out to the immigrant and understand things. You may have some work to do on the immigration issue from a moral or spiritual standpoint but you did reasonably well.
95 points to 65 points: Definite evidence of significant intolerance to immigration and immigrants. Frankly, you are a decidely intolerant individual when it comes to people who are different than you are or who come to the nation in humble circumstances. You have a lot of self-education and self-examination to do.
60 Points or Below: We’ll pray for you and reach out in love but we are very concerned about your ethical and moral compass. You are highly immigrant intolerant. You might consider introducing tough anti-immigrant legislation in your state legislature. Your antecedents were nativists and Know-Nothings in American history.