Is a Bad Reputation what the U.S. needs to Stop Immigration?
It may sound strange, but U.K. ministers are considering a campaign that advertises the negative aspects of the country; that’s right, negative.
Rarely (if ever) do we see a country putting itself down, but U.K. leaders are considering all their options when it comes to discourage immigrants from moving to the U.K.
In an article by British newspaper, The Guardian, the writer jokes that a possible tagline for the campaign could be “Britain: It’s Rubbish.”
While it sounds absolutely crazy to badmouth your own country, the concept isn’t so crazy.
And with all the talk about a new immigration plan in Washington, I wonder if this might be an idea worth borrowing from across the pond.
Yes, we are “the melting pot,” and that is something to be proud of, but the American economy isn’t built to sustain the citizens and immigrants we currently have in place. Should we encourage people to immigrate during a time when we’re struggling to keep our heads above water? Don’t we have a responsibility to take care of our own first?
These are the questions I hope politicians had in mind as they developed their immigration plans.
A team of bipartisan senators, including John McCain, Mark Rubio, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, presented their plan to fix the broken immigration system Monday. The plan allows 11 million illegal immigrants an opportunity to become U.S. citizens.
President Obama is also set to speak on immigration in Nevada this week.
With plans from such high-ranking and experienced officials hopefully an agreement can be reached and action can be taken; but compromise isn’t a word familiar to many members of Congress.
This brings us back to the U.K.’s outlandish idea.
How would you feel about the U.S. adopting the U.K.’s plans to negatively advertise the country?
Maybe it’s not the exact idea we need, but their ability to think outside of the box is something U.S. politicians should learn from.