Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Party of Immigrants

Although "Ladies Night" seemed to be the theme of the first session of the Republican National Convention, another theme played quietly as background music: a party of immigrants.

Most speakers on that first night consisted of first, second, or third generation immigrants who made the most of the opportunities found in America. For most of them, their parents arrived with little or nothing. (And they arrived legally. A couple of these children of immigrants denounced the Obama administration for its failure to secure our borders from those who disregard our laws and come here illegally.)

Through hard work they achieved success for themselves and laid the foundation for their children's success. And now these children of immigrants work for public policies that will laid the groundwork for the success of others besides Obama campaign donors.

Chris Christie, who delivered the keynote speech, is a fourth generation American. Christie's great grand father arrived in Newark, NJ sometime in the second half of the nineteenth-century. Christie graduated from University of Delaware and earned a law degree at Seton Hall.

Rick Santorum's father arrived in the United States as a child in 1930 from Riva del Garda, Italy. His father became a clinical psychologist and his mother a nurse and administrator. Santorum attended Penn State University. He subsequently earned a MBA at University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from Dickinson Law School.

Ludmya "Mia" Love was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents who immigrated from Haiti in 1972 with ten dollars in their pockets. She graduate the University of Hartford. She worked in several private sector jobs before her foray into politics.

Ted Cruz was born in Canada to parents who immigrated from to the United States. His father fled the Castro regime with a small amount of money sewn into his underwear. The elder Cruz worked as a dishwasher while attending the University of Texas. The mother became the first member in her family to earn a degree after graduating from Rice University. Ted Cruz himself went to Princeton and later earned a law degree from Harvard.

Nikki Haley was born to immigrant parents from Punjab, India. They started a small family run business out of their home that is now a multi-million dollar company. She earned a degree in accounting from Clemson. She, too, worked in several private sector jobs before embarking on a political career.

(Thanks, legal immigrants, who contributed to Wikipedia!)

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