Most of my ancestors came to American by 1700. So you could say they were American by crossing the waters of the ocean. My grandfather always said, when our ancestors came across the ocean, the other half were here to meet them. This half were the Cherokee people who intermarried with them.
Then during the Revolutionary War, many of my ancestors were patriots who pledged their blood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the American dream. They were true pioneers traveling to the west for new land, earned by their revolutionary war service.
Their desire and hard work as American pioneers created a strong people determined to build a nation where all were welcome to work for liberty and justice for all. I am in my 7th decade of life and I believe the United States of America is still for those who come by water or land, who pledge their blood and service, and who desire life, liberty and the pusuit of happiness, given by our Creator.
Let’s pledge to immigrants who love America, a fair, and legal way for them to become a part of our great nation, instead of talking about self-deportation, and separation. Our nation is better than that, and our immigrants deserve better than that!