Thursday, June 13, 2013

Getting Personal

Both sets of my grandparents came from Europe in the late 19th century. When they arrived, they had very little, but worked hard to support their families. They never shied away from hard work. Both of my grandfathers worked in the area of construction. They built schools, bridges, homes, roads, and other structures. Much of what they built still remains today.

My grandmothers raised large families and instilled in their children the importance of education, family, the church, and America. They worked hard to feed their families, but also shared with their neighbors. Their children and grandchildren served in our military, and one gave his life during World War II.

The debate over immigration makes me ill. Our country is a nation of immigrants that benefits from their contributions. Those people that are against "the dreamers" and immigrants, would have definitely spoken against people like my grandparents. It is time for some people to stop their hateful talk and obvious prejudice. 

As a country, we need to embrace "the dreamers" and immigrants and welcome them to our American family. Their contributions to our lives may come in the form of a cure for cancer, education, engineering, technology, building, or some other field of endeavor.

Members of Congress need to pass immigration reform now. Those that vote against it will go down in history as being against families, and our country's future.