IMMIGRATION

Descendants of Immigrants Are Our Backbone

"We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal - that all men are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make our lives what we will." Barack Obama.

I have ancestors who were in the Austrian Army and cousins who's names are Armando, Arturo, Gerardo and Lupita. My last name is an anglicized rendering of a French version I have trouble pronouncing. Who am I to build a wall, sneer at a passport or challenge an accent? Who are you?