Sunday, October 10, 2004

What is your response to "we are a nation of immigrants"?

6 Comments:

At 6:57 AM, Samantha said...

"yeah, so?"

 
At 7:49 AM, Jill said...

We are a nation of immigrants--but some of my ancestors met the boat.

 
At 7:45 AM, serenity_ii said...

*shrug* I think that to say that is to exclude Indians from the nation, since the word's still out on when/how they arrived on the continent. But other than that, yeah, I think people need to remember that immigrants have been coming to the U.S. in waves for ages (and that there's been undeserved persecution in every generation along the way). That said, I hate being lumped into categories by my ancestry. Okay, so some of my ancestors way back on one side founded one of the first churches in Virginia or something. What does that have to do with me? Very little. Does it make me better than people who just got to America? Absolutely not. And my ancestry is so mixed that the most I can tell you about it off the top of my head is that I think about 3/8 of my blood came from lines that were in Ireland at some point. Still, much as I like Ireland, I doubt that Irish people would see the bloodlines as a sign that I'm Irish at all. I was born in America and grew up in America. I'm American.

 
At 11:04 AM, CathieA said...

Yes, and I'm glad we are, otherwise I wouldn't be living here. My father was an immigrant and my mother's parents were immigrants. I'm glad the US let them in. I think my kids and I are an asset to the country. In general, the US is better off, because most immigrants come and work hard.
CathieA, 55, Novi, MI

 
At 11:09 PM, Jane said...

What a cliche!

 
At 12:33 PM, Laura from Lowell said...

Yes, indeed, we are and I love the diversity.

 

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