|Apr. 10th, 2006 07:58 pm Holy Day Monday Protests|
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I saw the largest public gathering in front of the federal courthouse on Broward Boulevard.
In contrast to most of the tie-dye antiwar protesters, these individuals appeared to have manners.
The issue was immigration and the protesters wrote friendly signs saying things like,
"Immigrants work hard!" and "Immigrants help America!"
Given my 30 plus years of South Florida experiences,
I have to agree with these protesters,
most immigrants are hard workers and their stories are inspirational. In 1906, my grandfather arrived in Ellis Island and so many of his grandchildren earned degrees in higher education before the end of the 20th century.
Yet, I wonder what these protesting individuals really want.
Easier ways to file paperwork for citizenship?
Fast track the immigration process?
Who or what is funding these community gatherings?
There is no shortcut to success, so I am not certain what these protesters are hoping to accomplish.
Within the last two years,
I have seen two women, one from France and one from Peru, go on and earn their American Citizenship.
Professionally and educationally,
these two individuals are living the American Dream in ways that their country of origin did not have the resources to provide. These two women did not take shortcuts, but earned their citizenship step by step and over many years. America is a better country today because Bene and Patty live here.
When Congress convenes the Monday after Easter,
may our elected officials reform the immigration process
while preserving the ideals of the United States of America.