A large group of
American immigrants held their annual May Day
rally this year in Union Square. New York Cool
photographer Angelo Rivera was on hand and he
got these images of the faces of our immigrants.
I covered this
year and here is what I wrote then: 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.
The situation has
not changed since last year and that is a damn
shame. Now is the time to do the right thing:
quit the name calling and give our new neighbors
a path to citizenship.
Six Year Old Emmy Rivera
Sonia M. Tello