I was trying to hold off as long as I could before even entering this frontier. It is a maze and yes the immigration system is broken. Today. It wasn’t in the past when my ancestors came over from Ireland and England, as I’m sure others from Europe. All entered through Ellis Island. This was the inspection immigration station that all came through from 1892 until 1954.. Lets talk about a little history which many are ignorant of especially illegal immigrants.
Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President of the United States, designated this as a federal immigration center in 1890. Sadly and unknown to many today, not ALL got to go through Ellis Island. The populations that came got broken down into class systems. First and second class just like our aviation of today. First class, second class and then coach. First class and second class immigrants were inspected on board Ellis Island and then were disembarked in New York and New Jersey. Now third class individuals were left on Ellis Island for medical inspections for diseases. All good has come out of this because 2% of the immigrants were denied entrance. Ellis Island
Now we are going through very sensitive cultural times regarding immigration in the 21st Century and who would have thought that it would get this? Yes, we are in different times now and lets hope so because that is progress. We also can not forget our history, constitution and what is legal and what isn’t. That is why this great country has its laws or we would be an anarchy country out of control.
One man comes to mind whom I feel has said it all. In 1907 Theodore Roosevelt put it this way. By the way for those who don’t know American History, he was our 26th President of the United States. His presidency was also entangled in legal immigration. His words were as follows:
Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American … There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag … We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language … and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.” Theodore Roosevelt 1907
Just today in our daily paper a vigil was held (now not a memorial) because a student minister (daughter) was arrested by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) because both parties, mother and daughter “were ordered removed by a federal immigration judge on May 22, 2008. On June 1, 2009, the Board of Immigration Appeals upheld the immigration judge’s removal order for both parties. The daughter was released because she was a DACA (Deferred Action for childhood Arrivals) after being brought her by her parents from Columbia. After reporting to ICE offices in Chicago she would not be deported. Phew! One of the parents is still in custody due to the order and will have to report to ICE office in the near future. Now this is LAW.
The daughter has very fine credentials and is an upstanding person and has received many degrees. The point that many are missing is this, this fine upstanding person is FREE FROM DEPORTATION after meeting with ICE. Phew.
Now there is another third party in the mix Voces de La Frontera, an activist group with well and good intentions for supporting immigrants for their agenda. “Neuman-Ortiz, Executive Director, claims that ICE just doesn’t care.” ICE is doing their job and following their guild lines as all parties are in this morass are doing. Even Voces de La Frontera.
I guess I don’t understand having a vigil when LAWS are followed and the outcome of not being deported is a blessing.