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Monday, June 10, 2013
I am writing to express my support for comprehensive immigration reform.
Proposals that severely restrict a path to citizenship will not solve the problem. My great-great-grandfather came as a legal immigrant in 1849 due to the Irish Potato Famine. He came as a matter of economic survival, as many Hispanic and other ethnic group families do now.
Nevertheless, Irish immigrants were not welcomed with open arms at that time. As long as America is seen as a place for a better life, we will not be able to stop immigration, whether it is legal or illegal.
Also, we need to remember that from the standpoint of Native Americans, all immigration to the Western Hemisphere was illegal. The tribal nations already living here were not asked to give their permission.
Due to the Doctrine of Discovery, Europeans came to take what they wanted. The people already here were not consulted. Those who resisted were viewed as terrorists, and forced to move further west, put on reservations or exterminated.
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