The title of this post sums up the issue of immigration reform pretty nicely, don’t you think? And really, when you get down to it, it’s the truth. With the exception of Native Americans, every single one of us can be considered an immigrant, be it 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation or even further back. What people don’t seem to realize is the breadth of contributions immigrants, both legal and illegal, have made toward the progress of this country. From the fields to the factories, immigrants have helped keep food on our tables and the machines running in this country. So today, I stand in solidarity of those marching, rallying, and protesting for comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes those contributions and offers a path to citizenship for those illegal immigrants. I also stand with them in their quest for safe workplaces and living wages.
I honestly hope the Day Without Immigrants accomplishes its goals. So here’s to the immigrants!