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No one is happy with the proposed immigration reform compromise legislation. The right believes it’s amnesty and the left believes it weakens principles of family reunification and will create a permanent underclass of workers.
Nothing will happen before Memorial Day, and the real debate over the future of the 12 million undocumented residents among us, has been postponed to June.
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If you’re not sure of the answers, check with your older family members and the Ellis Island Data base.
In a future post, I’ll write about how my great-great grandfather got to the U.S. in the 1870’s or 80’s from Russia where he was a lobster fisherman near the Black Sea. I was only eight when he died, and I didn’t have time to ask him if he came here legally or not. I do know that he escaped religious persecution and that his wife and five children came later in separate crossings.
I think we need to humanize the plight of the immigrants and by telling their stories, we will have a greater appreciation of who they are and their values, and hopefully discover, they are not much different than us.