Immigration Irony - www.queenmajeeda.com
You know, it’s ironic / The great-grandchildren of immigrants don’t want immigrants here.
Those immigrants taking away our jobs, you say / Let them go back to their country! / And when are you going back to yours? / What? I’m American. / You told me you’re Italian / And you, you said you’re Irish / And he said he’s Polish / And you, Russian.
But I was born here. / But your grandmother came from over there / Who told her to go back? / Whose job did she take? / Ah, oh, no – nobody was here at that time. / Don’t get me started the Native Americans were here I don’t hear them sending anybody back. / Well, immigrants of the past helped build America. / True, some willingly, some by force.
Speaking of that, / Farmers were hiring apple pickers / But no Americans would take the job / So they hired immigrants / So you could eat that apple you just bought.
You know who else is an immigrant? / The guy who fixed your computer, / The woman who did your nails, / And the woman who thread your eyebrows / Oh and the people at the dry cleaners / Where you love to take your clothes / And the guys at the car wash who wash and shine your car / The man at the bodega where you buy your coffee and bagle, / The man at the newsstand where you pick up your morning paper / And the woman you hired to look after you child / And ask her to teach her Spanish. / By the way you know she’s a nurse, right? / She just babysitting ‘til she gets certified.
And Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sophia Vegara, Oscar de la Renta, / Madeline Albright, Gloria Estefan, Angela Lansbury, Michael J. Fox, / Sophia Loren, Wyclef Jean, Patrick Ewing, Eddie Van Halen, Yao Ming / Are all immigrants. / What you say, send them back too?
And since you love to talk about how immigrants taking away jobs / Here are some immigrants who have created many jobs / Google, AT&T, Goldman Sachs, Ebay, Pfizer, Comcast, Radio Shack, / Kohls, Big Lots, and Yahoo to name a few.
Don’t forget you told me / Your grandmother came here on a ship. / Alright, alright, I get it, / We’re all immigrants. / Except for the Native Americans / And I hear they were traveling from somewhere else too / When they settled in this land.
So it’s really ironic / That the great-grandchildren of immigrants don’t want immigrants here. / Truly strange, the descendants of immigrants don’t want immigrants here.
© Queen Majeeda 2014