The opinions are flying around the water cooler about this immigrants’ rally yesterday. Ought they be offered amnesty or not? Ought the borders be closed? Mr. Hib wants to know when the definition of illegal changed from “not legal” to something else. Whereas Morning Coffee is cheering them on and thanking them for their labor. Both entitled to their thoughts and opinions. That’s what makes the world go ’round.
I am a grandchild of an immigrant. My paternal grandparents arrived in the United States from Italy in the 1920’s. My father was born here, but he had cousins who were not. All became US citizens. My Dad tells me how Grandmom would tell him, “We are in America. We are Americans. We speak English now.” This from a woman who could barely read since she only made it through elementary school but was a wiz-bang at Math. Grandpop worked as a laborer. He did landscaping in the summer and dug ditches in the winter in order to feed his family. My Dad recently told me that he never knew a day of hunger. Why? Because Grandpop would sit at the dinner table and make sure his wife and children had food on their plates while forgoing his own.
They came to America because it was the “land of milk and honey.” A place to better themselves and to provide a better life for their children. They didn’t become rich. Grandpop died when my Dad was 18. Dad had to drop out of college so he could work to put food on the table for his sister and mother. Grandmom struggled financially the remainder of her life.
But ya know what? She kept her little American flag wrapped in plastic which she received when she became a citizen. Why? Because she was proud to call herself a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.
So to all those who are immigrants who want the benefits of being in the United States, whether it be good pay, medical care, or food; you’re more than welcome to that. We’re happy to share with those who are in need. We are a generous country. But dang it all, if you want to receive the benefits, then do it like my Grandparents did. Do it legally and either get your working papers or become a citizen. And for all those companies who hire illegal immigrants to do work at less than good pay – for shame on you – you should be fined!
Lord have mercy!