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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CHILD OF ILLEGALLY PRESENT IMMIGRANTS WINS GOLD FOR US

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Congratulations to Henry Cejudo, the child of illegally present Mexican immigrants, who won a gold medal for his country in freestyle wrestling. I saw one of Henry's matches yesterday and he really was outstanding.



Henry's mother raised six children on her own with the wages of low-paying jobs. She had to move the family around the Southwest in order to find work and survive. According to the LA Times story on Cejudo, they even had to sleep four children to a bed.



Folks, this is the classic American dream story. Parents make unbelievable sacrifices in order to give their kids a chance at a better life. It was the story of immigrants that sailed to the US for religious freedom three hundred years ago. It was the story of immigrants who left their villages in Eastern and Southern Europe and processed through Ellis Island. And it is the story of Henry Cejudo's family today. Don't let the antis tell you otherwise. The same arguments were made at various points in US history and we've never failed because we kept the Golden Door open.

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  1. SD's Avatar
    very inspiring!
  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I wonder if Lou will bring him up, and call him "anchor baby"...
  3. The Avenger's Avatar
    Geez, I hope ICE don't pay the parents a visit now that the story is public domain. I wouldn't be surprised a bit if this happened, this is the United States of America (what have we become....)
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    Conservatives who assert that they are pro life and then want to deny citizenship to babies after they are born in the US through no fault of their own are themselves RACISTS...among them Tom Tancredo, Nathan Deal, Marsha Blackburn, mostky Republican racists. That is why the GOP is getting killed in the House races.
  5. Jack's Avatar
    'we've never failed because we kept the Golden Door open.'

    Not sure what you mean by that. Door isn't the best metaphor because the door is always open to some extent, never completely shut, which is why I prefer the floodgate metaphor, but anyway...

    Are you saying that limited immigration (closing the door to some people), by definition, is un-American? As you know, the difference between the past periods you cite and now is the current law which restricts legal immigration numbers. Are you saying that law is OK to flout so long as the violator wants to work, give their kids a chance at a better life, etc.? If not, then I assume you are for unlimited immigration and/or unlimited non-immigrant visas so that every person like Henry's parents would not be outside the law?

  6. George Chell's Avatar
    "Are you saying that law is OK to flout so long as the violator wants to work, give their kids a chance at a better life, etc.?"

    I will answer this question. I have said this again and again. If it comes between the American economy going to hell in a handbasket and law, either change the law or to hell with the law! Economy is number one, not some dumb immigration law which cannot be changed because some racist politicians are concerned about some minority status!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "If not, then I assume you are for unlimited immigration and/or unlimited non-immigrant visas so that every person like Henry's parents would not be outside the law?"

    I also strongly believe that if a polticians professes to be pro-life he has no moral authority to deny citizenship to a baby born to an illegal alien. He cannot have it both ways..save an unborn baby and screw a baby after it is born, unless of course like Tom Tancredo or Marsh Blackburn he or she is a racist.
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "Are you saying that law is OK to flout so long as the violator wants to work, give their kids a chance at a better life, etc.?"

    And are you saying that a non-criminal, productive and otherwise honest person should be shunned for life because of a single violation of civil law that never hurt anyone? Speaking like a pereson who never got a parking ticket, aren't you?
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