Saturday, August 13, 2005

Immigration Done Right!

Too often I find myself complaining about illegal immigrants and lack of assimilation into American culture. Sometimes, though, we find instance of immigration done right. From the (Michigan) Grand Rapids Press via mlive.com comes this article.
GRAND RAPIDS -- With babies crying in the background, and billowing trees forming a backdrop through transparent drapes, a resonant "I do!" rose from the crowd of 300.

Loud cheers rang through the banquet hall, and many in the audience waved small American flags as freshly naturalized citizens from 63 countries embarked on a new beginning with an oath of loyalty to the United States.

The author, Steven Harmon, goes on to report how several people felt about their new citizenship. Of particular note, since Mr. Harmon did not mention interpretors, was that each of his respondents spoke English. Like I said... Immigration done right!

Although many of these people had been living her for a number of years prior to this event, I think this is still appropriate: Welcome to America!

(Thanks to Free Republic for the original link)

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