Open Borders in the United States and Tibet

I’m not an expert on immigration issues, but I’ve been trying to catch up on the issue as part of my duty to know what’s really happening in the United States. Recently, I’ve also been trying to figure out what’s going on in Tibet though I’m pretty well convinced it’s not our business. I did learn about China’s construction of a technological wonder, a railroad over the Himalayas, allowing a flood of immigrants into Tibet — mostly Han Chinese from what I’ve read.

One blog by a leftish sort of British lady clarified matters a little. She expressed great wonder at the railway line which sounds to me to be far beyond the capacity of ‘Big-dig’ Americans. She was also surprised that even the tour guides at Tibetan temples seemed to be Han Chinese.

So far as I know, the recent problems began when individual members of an ethnic group, Han Chinese, migrated into Tibet on that railway in search of economic opportunities — seemingly at the expense of members of another ethnic group, Tibetans. There’s a complex history behind all of this, and apparently Tibet has conquered and dominated major Chines regions for longer periods than China has ruled Tibet. I’ve even read that the Dalai Lama during the conquest of China by Kublai Khan, the son of Ghengis Khan, was the adviser to the Mongol emperor, helping him to set up political and legal systems in which Chinese were second-class citizens. I’ll ignore this complex history for now. After all, I am an American. In any case, I have a simple point to raise.

There are lots of protesters in the Western countries who are very upset with the Chinese government and I doubt if they have the Tibetans’ best interests in mind, but the current civil unrest which has broken into violence and threats of greater violence in Tibet seems to have a proximate cause — the influx of Chinese workers and the threats to jobs and to local cultures. Aren’t those the complaints of some Americans worried about the loss of their jobs to cheap immigrant labor from Mexico and other countries? Aren’t those the complaints of some Americans worried about the damage done to American cultures by large numbers of unassimilated immigrants in our midst?

Tibetans should worry about threats to their ability to make a living, to feed their children and maybe offer them some opportunities in life. I’m willing to assume that Tibetan culture has is rich and has great value just by knowing how long it’s been developing at a high level.

I don’t understand why there are so many, including Presidential candidates, who support the Tibetans in their struggle to survive economically and culturally while despising Americans who seem to be in a similar struggle?

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