Those who became citizens of our countries today, were the immigrants of the past, whether illegal or legal. They were the explorers, pioneers and settlers we learn about today with so much pride.
As a matter of fact, if there were a ‘law of historical possession’ everyone except the first nations and natives in North America could be considered descendants of illegal immigrants.
In today’s society, we have the knowledge and foresight to manage immigration through our laws, ensuring every immigrant has the same opportunity to work hard to achieve a comfortable life, make friends and raise families – and be considered citizens.
Our laws are also in place to ensure everyone is treated equally, whether an immigrant or full citizen.
Every aspect of our lives has been impacted by the traditions handed down through the generations.
Researching and studying our family’s collective genealogies made me realize what a boring, milk-toast group of people we’d be without the multicultural mix created by the intermarriage of cultures and ethnicities through the generations.
In 2013, Vice President Joe Biden was quoted, “My parents, my great grandparents, my great-great grandparents came to escape the famine and they didn’t all come here legally… So listen, the existence of the system wasn’t as nearly as truncated as it is now. A lot went to Canada. Came down. So, I’d check your ancestry to make sure they did come in legally, if that’s a concern to you.”
For all of us, our roots in North America originated with those immigrants seeking the promise of their futures in a new land. Who are we to judge others seeking a better future amongst us today?