Thousand of illegal
immigrants and their supporters marched through
Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge and into
Manhattan on May 1, 2007 to protest the harsh
immigration laws that are being proposed in Congress.
See this article on BBC
The United States
needs to come to its senses about immigration.
This business of protesting the arrival of the
"funny looking new people" has been
going on ever since our country was born. And
we have thrived just because our immigrants are
hardy folk who braved tremendous obstacles to
get here in the first place and then trudged on
against our nation's predjudices after they arrived.
It was so for my group (the Irish: freckles; frizzy
hair; bad teeth from the famine - you know the
drill) and it will always be so. The truth is
we need these people or they would not be here.
After all, do you want to pay $7 for an orange
or walk to the Chinese restaurant to pick up your
own food? People immigrate, take the jobs the
old settlers don't want, send their children to
school and work their way up the ladder. And this
infusion of new blood is what has always made
this nation great.