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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

BUT MY ANCESTORS CAME HERE LEGALLY

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This is one of the most common arguments expressed by the anti-immigration. But the Newark Star-Ledger's Brian Donohue calls this "utter hogwash" and reminds readers that for hundreds of years in the US there were NO immigration laws to break unless you were a criminal, insane or, after 1882, Chinese.



Only 1% of people were turned away at Ellis Island (the place at which one in two Americans claims ancestry) and immigrants could come without jobs or family in the US. There were no restrictions on the number of immigrants permitted per year.



My favorite quote from the article:

Crediting yesteryear's immigrants with following
the laws is like calling someone a good driver because
they never got caught speeding on the Autobahn.



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  1. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Excellent articles. I think someone should research Bill O'Reilly's and Lou Dobb's family trees for illegal immigrant ancestors. Maybe that would shut them up.
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    WOW!! How many times did we hear this during the CIR debate this article is great. This article should make it to Dobbs and O'Reilly's producers and FAIR.
  3. Calouste's Avatar
    Legal and waiting:

    You're on the internet, that person who researches the family trees could be YOU. It's all out there. Don't wait for other people to act.

    Fame, fortune and the eternal wrath of Mr. Dobbs await you if you find anything
  4. Waidayarilm's Avatar
    If anyone of you guys and gals are into myspace, heres a nice resource site I found while surfing the net
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    http://www.instantra.com - myspace resources
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