For all those that reminisce about Ellis Island – it’s closed. However, people are still migrating to the United States for the same reason – a better life. However, for many people in Latin America there is no Ellis Island and no path to citizenship. It’s great to reminisce about our ancestors, but we need to start living in the present and making it fair for everyone.
Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S. scratched a nerve with the deportation-only immigration lobby that is revealing. B.J. Khalifah’s letter of April 25 says that the difference between today’s immigrants and the Irish, Polish, and Italian immigrants of yesteryear is that the latter came legally. The immigrants haven’t changed, but the welcome has. Unless you were Chinese, black, or had tuberculosis, you were relatively assured that you would pass the test at Ellis Island. Now we allow for just 5,000 low-skilled workers annually to come on permanent employment visas and scratch our heads when people go around our system, not through it.