"Few of their children in the country learn English. ... The signs in our streets have … both languages. ... Unless the stream of their importation could be turned, they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious."
Is this the perspective of an urgent voice on talk radio?
No, the source is Ben Franklin, who was complaining about the Germans, upon their arrival in Pennsylvania in the mid-18th century.
We forget, don't we, that the great majority of us were once immigrants. And while immigration has recently surfaced in our public conversation, in light of the analysis of the 2012 presidential election, the reality of immigration, or migration, is nothing new.
Throughout the state of Florida, the Christian church serves and is enriched by immigrant communities. And our experiences of commerce, education, entertainment, recreation and cuisine have also been profoundly shaped by immigration.
Immigration continues to change our culture.
Click here to read Bishop Ken Carter's complete commentary courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.