The Blue Ribbon Project

The Blue Ribbon Project

  I have a million feelings right now, a million thoughts and many of them are pulled in a million directions.  I honestly do see all sides of the immigration debate.  I know there are criminal aliens in our country or wanting to get into our country who can and will cause much damage.  I’m not doubting that.  I’m not arguing that.  And I do think that our president has a duty– an obligation– to protect our citizens.  I also think that illegal aliens with a criminal or terrorist background should be deported.  We have to protect our kids.  Our families.  Our American soil. BUT– yes, here comes the but… I also believe that we have a duty to care for the widow, the orphan, the poor, the oppressed.  And I also believe that a huge percentage of the immigrants in our country are just that:  People who need a better life, a better future, a hope, more security, more stability.  I am fortunate to know many such people.  I used to work as an ESL teacher and over the course of 6 years, met hundreds of immigrant families who were… AMAZING.  Families from places like Mexico and Guatemala and Colombia and Iran and Venezuela and Pakistan.  Not criminals, not terrorists, not people who want to suck our society dry… but people.  People who I grew to love.  People who worked hard.  People who desperately want a better life. A few weeks ago, I ran into one of my ex-students (from Pakistan) at HEB.  He was with his family.  He had a beautiful daughter who was about five years...
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