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Lady Liberty

Monday, March 27, 2006
In the news today is immigration reform, yet another (rare?) example of me agreeing with the President.

This debate makes me think of the Statue of Liberty, with those famous lines written on it:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
We are still a country of opportunity; we are still a country of freedom (in theory, at least.) The debate over illegial immigration is a tough one; we want people working here to pay taxes and, in a generaly sense, we want to know they're here. We are a country built on immigrants and I think it's important to not close our doors to them.

I believe each wave of immigrants brings new value to our national identity and, generally speaking, brings a hard work ethic that helps us all. I personally believe we need to find a way to allow the poeple that want to work here a way to do so legally. It makes economic sense and it makes good personal sense, too.

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