[quote="Pumpgunner"]I've known and worked with many illegals over the years (was a professional chef for 10 years, now I work as a carpenter) and almost to a man they were hard-working, law-abiding family men who personified the American Dream of working hard, providing for your family, and making a better place in the world for their kids. America is the richest country in the world, and if we can't make room at the table and share the wealth with the less fortunate, then something in our core values as a society is wrong. History has proven that immigrants enrich a culture, and every mass wave of immigration in our nation's history has had the end effect of enriching our culture and making our nation a stronger, more balanced country. (except maybe the 1st, just ask the Indians.)[quote]
Thank you. My mom and dad immigrated here from Italy to give their children the best, to live better than they did.
They took advantage of opportunity and did very well, all three of us went onto college and grad school.
They took jobs that no one would ever consider. Mom worked in a sweat shop sewing dresses at night. My dad, a mason that worked 7 days a week.
To this day, we never stop - if there is opportunity to make money and give our children the best, we'll go for it.
Where most immigrants come from, they cannot make the money they make back home. My parents never would of thought that at the end of the week, you get a pay check and on the weekend, you can make more money working extra - unheard of in Italy when they were living the.
My dad owns his own company, and many times his employees would yell at him b/c they claim that my dad was "making a ton of money off them and he was a dumb illiterate Italian."
Each time, my dad would give them the same answer: "There is a lot of room out there, you can even read, write and speak the American language. By all means, please go and do not come back. Here is your pay for the day. I do not need you and don't waste my f#*king time."
That is the beautiful thing about this country. If you have the drive and will power, regardless of who you are, you can do well.
"One day before I die, I am going to hunt flooded timber in Arkansas"